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Options to Treat Foot and Ankle Arthritis

So you have been suffering for years from a chronic injury to your foot or have a flat foot that just makes it impossible for you to walk without pain. You have tried injections, inserts, braces, immobilization, physical therapy and maybe even surgery to try to repair your foot. 

If you have had a traumatic injury to your foot, or have a progressively worsening flatfoot deformity, the opposing joint surfaces can become damaged and unfortunately can lead to chronic pain from arthritis. While some of the treatments mentioned above can be helpful for some patients, other patients may continue to suffer when walking especially when on uneven surfaces. While surgery can be a scary topic for some people, you do not have to continue to suffer. The joints in the back your foot can be fused surgically to prevent that painful motion that limits your ability to enjoy life, while at the same time allowing you to keep moving.   

The surgery to perform these fusions of joints requires special plates and screws that stay in your foot while it heals. This procedure is called a triple arthrodesis because it fuses three separate joints in your foot.  After the surgery you will expect to be in a cast for 6-8 weeks and then begin physical therapy to help you return to your normal function. When you begin to walk without a walking boot usually between 12 and 16 weeks after surgery, you will notice your foot does not adjust to uneven surfaces as well as it used too, but your painful symptoms should have reduced significantly. If you have been suffering for a long time, come and see one of our reconstructive surgeons to discuss your options.