Arthritis Treatment Specialist

Alicia Knee, DPM

Podiatrist located in San Francisco, CA

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 Q & A

What are the goals of arthritis treatment?

Arthritis treatment aims to relieve symptoms such as pain and inflammation, and improve joint function. Effective treatment also helps prevent or manage complications.

What’s hallux rigidus?

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.

How is gout different?

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.

What’s a cheilectomy?

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.

What medications help reduce arthritic foot pain?

A variety of medications may help manage foot pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, including:

  • Analgesics: common drugs for arthritis, which target both pain and inflammation
  • Biologic response modifiers: newer medications for rheumatoid arthritis, which block inflammation without fully suppressing the immune system
  • Corticosteroids: quick-acting oral or injectable drugs used to control inflammation
  • Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs): drugs that slowly alter the course of inflammatory disease, which are useful for numerous arthritis forms that affect smaller joints in the feet
  • Gout medications: drugs that lower blood uric acid levels and guard against gout attacks
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): versatile prescription or over-the-counter medications for reduced pain and inflammation

Osteoporosis medications: used to slow bone loss or help the body generate new bone, lowering the risk of fractures

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

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.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Medicare
United Healthcare