Foot and ankle pain can stem from a number of factors, such as exertion, injuries, and medical conditions. Although a common occurrence, foot and ankle problems may require medical intervention. If you or a loved one has been experiencing foot or ankle pain, it is important to know possible treatment options. The orthopedic surgeons participating in the referral line of Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center are specialized in treating all kinds of orthopedic conditions including foot and ankle problems. Whether you are exploring treatment options or planning to undergo foot and ankle surgery, this blog post is for you. Read on to learn some of the most commonly prescribed treatment options for foot and ankle pain.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options
As the first line of defense, doctors may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce swelling and relieve foot and ankle pain. In advanced cases, doctors may also resort to intravenous anti-inflammatory agents. Although injecting anti-inflammatory agents can relieve pain and reduce the swelling instantly, the relief is typically only temporary.
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Physical therapy helps in increasing the flexibility and range of motion of a joint. If a patient is experiencing foot and ankle pain, a physical therapist assesses the problem with a physical examination and prepares a customized exercise program including different exercises to reduce the pain.
Lifestyle changes such as dietary changes and exercises can help reduce foot and ankle pain. Commonly prescribed exercises include cycling, walking, swimming, and specific weight-loss exercises. Talking about the dietary changes, patients may be advised to increase the intake of Vitamin D and Calcium and avoiding wheat and rye.
Surgical Treatment Options
Arthroscopic debridement is a surgical procedure that is performed to treat arthritis at an early stage. In this procedure, loose cartilage, bone spurs, and inflamed tissue are removed from the foot or ankle joint. Arthroscopic debridement procedure is most effective when foot and ankle pain is due to the friction between bone spurs.
Fusion, or Arthrodesis, is a surgical procedure wherein the bones with anomalies are fused together. Fusing the bones together eliminates additional motion, therefore reducing foot and ankle pain.
Arthroplasty, or total ankle replacement, is a surgical procedure wherein the damaged bone and cartilage is removed. The damaged bone and cartilage is either remodeled or replaced with a plastic or metal joint.
If none of the non-surgical treatment options provides relief from foot and ankle pain, it is important to consult an experienced surgeon to avoid further progression of the injury. If you or a loved one need assistance in choosing an experienced foot and ankle surgeon, contact Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center to connect you with experienced orthopedic referral line surgeons specialized in foot and ankle pain treatment. Fill out our contact form or simply call 888 608 4762.
NOTE: Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.