Arthritis is a degenerative condition that occurs when the joint surfaces begin to wear out. It often feels like a dull achy pain in the joint that worsens with changes in the weather. It may or may not be accompanied by a clicking or grinding in the joint. It may also be associated with redness and slight swelling with physical activity.
In many cases, Kipferl Foot & Ankle specialists can provide conservative, in-office treatments to address and alleviate arthritic conditions. These include taping, strapping, injections and bracing. In some advanced instances, patients may be eligible for minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to clean up the affected joint. In severe, end-stage arthritis, surgery may be required to repair the damage and limit future pain.
Our surgeons are extensively trained in reconstruction of deformities and severe arthritis. In addition, we have years of experience utilizing the latest repair techniques and non-invasive treatments. If surgery is required, we often use 3D CT scanning to create a 3-dimensional model of the deformity or arthritis for precise surgical planning. This results in a more predictable outcome with better overall results than traditional techniques and gets our patients on the road to recovery more quickly.