Newly Approved Synthetic Cartilage Works Wonders For Toe Osteoarthritis

Posted by on Monday, March 6th, 2017

Osteoarthritis (OA) affects roughly 27 million Americans. Not surprisingly, the foot is one of the most common areas affected by joint cartilage degradation that can result from OA. OA is not merely a matter of “inevitable wear and tear” as we age; rather, it’s a disease process that is a result of many factors such as genetics, excess weight, tendon and ligament injuries, and the presence of other disorders such as acromegaly (a condition involving abnormal growth of the hands and feet) or hemochromatosis (a condition involving joint damage from excess iron.)

As osteoarthritis worsens over time, the bones can break down, causing chips (called “bone spurs”) that float around inside the joint. In response, inflammation occurs, prompting the accumulation of proteins and enzymes that further erode the cartilage. In the final stages of OA, there is no soft tissue remaining in the joint — just bone rubbing up against bone, which accelerates joint damage and causes excruciating pain.

The NYC foot surgeons at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are excited about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a new synthetic cartilage that can be used in the treatment of osteoarthritis involving the foot and toe, offering these patients a pain-free step forward for the first time in years.

This may look like a mini marshmallow, but it’s actually a new toe implant used to treat Osteoarthritis! (Image Source: MedCityNews.com)
This may look like a mini marshmallow, but it’s actually a new toe implant used to treat osteoarthritis! (Image Source: MedCityNews.com)

Thinking About Surgery for Ankle Arthritis? “I Had The New Ankle Arthritis Surgery and Loved It”

Posted by on Friday, November 20th, 2015

These days, there is no reason to live with debilitating arthritis pain in your feet. Surgeons used to discourage younger patients from undergoing ankle surgery because they worried about the limited mobility a joint fusion would bring or the need for another joint replacement down the road. We’ve reported on several success stories of patients who got another lease on life with their new ankles. Another story comes to you from the UK; 56-year-old photographer Donna Castle told the UK Daily Mail she got a new type of ankle replacement — and she loves it!1http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3252578/ME-OPERATION-Hi-tech-ankle-joint-gets-feet-faster.html

surgery for ankle arthritis
Ankle replacements can be painful and have a long recovery time; a new technique may make surgery for ankle arthritis easier on patients. Image source: Flickr CC user Peter Stevens

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1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3252578/ME-OPERATION-Hi-tech-ankle-joint-gets-feet-faster.html

Aches in Your Feet? We’ve Got Natural Remedies for Arthritis in the Feet

Posted by on Friday, October 9th, 2015

Arthritis is a difficult chronic condition to overcome. It can be an autoimmune problem (as in the case of rheumatoid arthritis), related to overuse (as in the case of osteoarthritis), or it may be associated with a traumatic injury or a complication of foot surgery. Approximately 55,000 people a year suffer midfoot injuries like fractures or dislocations that fail to heal properly and cause the development of arthritis.1https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/scmsAdmin/uploads/004/320/TFAS%20Rao%20Midfoot%20arthritis.pdf The Arthritis Foundation estimates that nearly half of all people over 60 will suffer some form of arthritis in the feet.2http://www.everydayhealth.com/osteoarthritis-pictures/ways-to-ease-arthritis-foot-pain.aspx In this article, we’ll cover some of the things you can do at home to ease the everyday aches and pains of foot arthritis.

arthritis in the feet
Arthritis affects the feet of millions of Americans, and treatment depends on the severity and type of arthritis. Image source: Flickr CC user Peter Stevens

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1. https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/scmsAdmin/uploads/004/320/TFAS%20Rao%20Midfoot%20arthritis.pdf
2. http://www.everydayhealth.com/osteoarthritis-pictures/ways-to-ease-arthritis-foot-pain.aspx

Study Explores The Link Between Knee Osteoarthritis & Foot Pain

Posted by on Friday, August 14th, 2015

A new study published in the journal of Arthritis Care and Research found that about 25% of patients with knee osteoarthritis also have foot and ankle pain.1http://www.medpagetoday.com/Rheumatology/Arthritis/52399 The investigation of 1,255 patients found that people with foot pain and knee osteoarthritis were more likely to be young and female with a higher BMI. More than half the patients (54.9%) suffered from bilateral foot pain. Researchers could not determine whether the foot pain caused the knee problems, the knee problems caused the foot pain, or if both issues arose simultaneously, but they surmised that pronation and other biomechanical conditions resulted as patients overcompensated for the knee arthritis, and that overcompensation worsened the pain.

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In the worst cases of knee osteoarthritis, a person can become bowlegged as the body attempts to overcompensate for the pain. Footwear intervention from podiatrists can slow this progression. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

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1. http://www.medpagetoday.com/Rheumatology/Arthritis/52399

Patients Beat Pain with INBONE Ankle Replacement

Posted by on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

We’ve come a long way from the days when the only chance at a pain-free existence was for patients to live with a poorly functioning fused ankle for the rest of their lives. For former athletes and people accustomed to active lifestyles, this was a devastating blow. But now, INBONE® ankle implants are giving end-stage arthritis patients improved quality of life and a full range of motion. The Center of Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in NYC is pleased to offer the latest and greatest innovations in ankle replacement science.

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A reprieve from severe ankle arthritis pain.
Image Source: Oxfordian Kissuth via Wikimedia.org

Arthritis Feet: Surgical & Non-Surgical Treatment Options in New York

Posted by on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

If you are experiencing pain, tenderness, stiffness, reduced mobility, or swelling in your feet, and have difficulty walking, you may have arthritis. Many people assume that arthritis is something that happens to the elderly, but in reality, many athletes suffer from it as well. It is best to see a New York podiatrist if arthritis is suspected, so we can take you through the full gamut of treatment options. Early, effective intervention can often prevent the need for surgery down the road.

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A NY podiatrist and sports medicine doctor can guide you through a safe exercise program to improve mobility and pain in arthritis feet. When necessary, the latest surgical options can be explored. Image Source: AHealthBlog.com

6 Tips for Coping with Winter Weather Arthritic Foot Pain

Posted by on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Nearly a quarter of Americans suffer from arthritis, a disease characterized by inflammation, stiffness, joint pain, and swelling. Multiple body parts can be affected, but we treat arthritis of the foot and ankle here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Although there is no scientific reason to corroborate an increase in arthritis flare-ups during the winter months, we find that the number of people seeking arthritic pain relief does tend to increase with the colder New York weather. In fact, the Arthritis Foundation offers a local weather tracking tool that can help people predict their symptoms.

A winter walk can be very painful for arthritis sufferers. NY podiatrists discuss what you can do. Image Source: Unsplash

Living with Arthritis: What Do NY Sports Medicine Doctors Prescribe for Gout?

Posted by on Monday, June 9th, 2014

Gout is a terribly painful form of arthritis that drives 8.3 million Americans to podiatrists, rheumatologists, primary care physicians, and emergency rooms each year. The inflammation is triggered by the crystallization of uric acid within the joints, which causes swelling and severe pain.

At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City, we take note of your full medical history upon your arrival as a new patient. You may wonder, “Why does a podiatrist need to know about my diabetes?” but evidence suggests that gout is tied to metabolic syndrome. If you are obese, or have insulin resistance, high blood pressure, and cholesterol issues, then you are considered at risk for developing gout. We find it’s best to take steps to prevent gout, rather than risk one of these severe attacks.

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Do you have a family history of gout? You’d better ask! Many people are surprised to hear that their relatives quietly suffered these attacks.

Injury Awareness: Preventing Post-Traumatic Arthritis

Posted by on Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Post-traumatic arthritis is sort of like running over a nail, says Dr. Joshua Baker, MD, of the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia. Your car may drive for a little while, but eventually the tires will blow out. Damaging a joint makes individuals seven times’ more likely to suffer arthritis in the future, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Roughly 5.6 million Americans suffer from arthritis following an injury like a tear, sprain, or fracture. While this only equates to 15% of the arthritis sufferers overall, researchers are starting to look into what causes arthritis to occur after an injury, with the hopes of preventing it in the future.

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That old sports injury could come back to haunt you, years later, in the form of post-traumatic arthritis.
Image source: Anthony22 via Wikimedia.org

Untreated Foot Fractures and Ankle Sprains: Dangerous Long-Term Consequences and Complications

Posted by on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Many people feel they can’t afford a doctor. However, a foot injury can become a serious (and expensive) problem years down the road if it hasn’t been treated properly. At our NYC Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we understand the stress that unanticipated medical expenses can cause — especially for those who are uninsured. We work with patients to create reasonable payment plans and find alternative financing so every person who comes through our door can enjoy prompt treatment without breaking the bank. Read on to learn about the consequences and complications that may arise from untreated fractures, sprains and other foot injuries.