At an initial stage, arthritic joints only hurt after weight-bearing activities but as the joint degeneration progresses pain may occur even during normal walking and in worst cases at rest. For early-stage arthritis conservative treatment including relative rest, footwear adjustments, insoles, physiotherapy and ultrasound guided injections will provide sufficient pain relief. For later stage of arthritis, only surgery will make a difference which normally entails fusing the affected bones together. Like a broken bone, the joints need time to heal and initially, weight bearing is not permitted but with modern instrumentation, recovery time is quicker and at the end when the bones are united, pain is abolished and good function achieved. Fusing bones in the foot are normally not felt by the patient and does not lead to any limping!
Arthritis of the foot
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Foot and Ankle Conditions
Mr Klinke treats a range of common foot and ankle conditions. You can view the conditions and treatments by selecting from the list below.