Arthritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and resultant pain in various joints. Many types of arthritis exist, and numerous affect your the bones and joints in your feet. Dr. Alicia Knee is pleased to offer a range of effective treatment options, which aim to minimize bothersome symptoms, for people in San Francisco. Call the offices at Alicia Knee, DPM, today to schedule an appointment or consultation.
Arthritis treatment aims to relieve symptoms such as pain and inflammation, and improve joint function. Effective treatment also helps prevent or manage complications.
Hallux rigidus, or arthritis of the big toe joint, is the most prevalent form of arthritis affecting the foot. It’s more common in women and adults ages 30-60, and typically manifests as pain in the big toe joint, particularly when you’re pushing off to walk. A bump that’s aggravated by rubbing against your shoe may form on top of the toe. Treatment often involves anti-inflammatory medications, heat or ice packs, or injections for reduced symptoms. In some cases, surgery is necessary.
Gout usually affects the big toe, causing sudden and severe attacks of pain, heat, tenderness, and redness in the joint. It can affect other joints, however. The complex type of arthritis is more common in men, though women’s risk becomes higher with menopause. Treatment usually involves medications for reduced pain and inflammation, lowered uric acid levels, or both.
A cheilectomy is a surgical procedure that removes bone spurs on the big toe joint associated with hallux rigidus. Dr. Knee makes an incision over the big toe joint and then removes bone spurs and any debris or inflamed joint tissue. The goal is minimized pain, which often lasts for over 10 years.
A variety of medications may help manage foot pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, including:
Osteoporosis medications: used to slow bone loss or help the body generate new bone, lowering the risk of fractures
Dr Knee accepts most major PPO insurance plans. Here is list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.