Osteoarthritis is a condition that results in the wear down or degenerations of a joint’s cartilage.
Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are many conservative treatment options to slow the progress of the disease. Conservative treatments include physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in the foot and ankle, custom foot orthotics to provide stability and reduce pain, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen or aspirin), or an ultrasound guided cortisone injection into the arthritic joint. Surgical treatment may be required when pain from the osteoarthristis causes disability and is not treated with conservative treatments. In such instances, the surgeon would evaluation a variety of factors, including location of the arthritis and impact of the disease on the joints when determining the appropriate corrective procedure.