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The human foot is an incredible thing. It is a complex structure of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons that enable us to move around in the world. As our feet are in constant motion, they can become susceptible to pain and injury.
At Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists, we provide comprehensive care for a range of foot and ankle issues. One of the most common procedures performed by our specialists is bone fusion, also known as arthrodesis. Bone fusion is a surgical procedure used to treat joint pain, arthritis, and deformity caused by damage to the bones or cartilage in the feet or ankles. The most common reason for a fusion procedure is performed is due to arthritis.
Arthritis is a debilitating condition that can affect any joint of the foot and ankle. It is characterized by pain, stiffness, and swelling in the affected joint. When arthritis has progressed to a stage where traditional treatments have been ineffective, a surgical fusion procedure may be recommended.
A typical fusion process begins with an evaluation and assessment followed by obtaining X-rays to evaluate the structure of the foot before
moving forward with further imaging studies like CT scans or MRIs if necessary. The procedure involves removing the cartilage from the affected joint and attaching the two ends of the bone with plates and screws, so they form a single solid bone.
The main benefit of this procedure is that it has a very high success rate in relieving pain associated with arthritis and other joint problems.
Additionally, fusions are extremely durable and involve fewer restrictions than other forms of treatment. However, there are potential risks and
complications associated with any surgery, so it’s important to discuss these thoroughly with your doctor before any procedure is done.
Our specialists are highly experienced in performing various types of arthrodesis procedures including big toe fusion, which is used to treat
chronic big toe joint pain due to degenerative conditions such as hallux rigidus (stiff big toe). Big toe fusion eliminates painful motion at the big toe joint while preserving the full range of motion at surrounding joints allowing patients greater mobility when walking or running.
When it comes to arthritis in the foot and ankle, fusion procedures can be a great option for those who suffer from pain and limited mobility. It is important to speak with a Florida foot and ankle specialist about options if you are experiencing joint inflammation due to arthritis. With the right treatment plan, you can reduce your discomfort and improve your overall quality of life. At our office, we strive to provide personalized care that meets each patient’s individual needs so they can feel better as quickly as possible. If you think this procedure may be right for you, contact us today!
What is Foot Fusion?
A fusion (also called arthrodesis) is a surgical procedure that is sometimes performed when conservative treatment measures do not relieve the pain associated with your condition. When the structure of your foot or the cartilage at your joint is damaged, it can lead to severe pain and dysfunction. A joint, also called an articulation, is comprised by the ends of two bones that are covered by a smooth, spongy surface called cartilage. The purpose of your joints is to withstand large compressive and loading forces while allowing fluid movement between the two bones. A fusion procedure consists of removing the cartilage from the joint and fixating the two ends of bone together, typically with plates and screws. This, in essence, fuses the two bones together to make “one” bone. The main benefit of this procedure is a very high success rate of alleviating arthritis and pain. Additionally, fusions are extremely durable and require fewer restrictions. With any surgery, there are potential risks and complications to weigh. Our priority is your health and to spend the time with you to educate you on all the pros and cons.
The most common reason that a fusion procedure is performed is due to arthritis.
Arthritis (inflammation to a joint) can affect any joint of the foot for ankle. This typically produces pain, swelling and warmth. It can eventually lead to destruction of the joint resulting in deformity, stiffness, decreased range of motion, and the inability to ambulate normally. There are numerous forms of arthritis. The most common type in the foot is called osteoarthritis. Other forms include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, septic arthritis, and gout to name a few. Common reasons for development of osteoarthritis are trauma or underlying biomechanical abnormalities that precipitate increased strain on a joint.
If you are experiencing significant pain or dysfunction, it’s important to visit with our specialists to properly evaluate the severity of your condition. If left untreated, arthritis typically worsens with time. Diagnosis starts with obtaining X-rays to evaluate the bony architecture of your feet. Advanced imaging studies such as CT or MRI are sometimes recommended after a thorough clinical evaluation is performed. We understand that this is a difficult decision, and we are here to help. Come see our specialists today so we can help take that pain away!
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