Ankle Arthritis Specialists

Podiatry Experts in Bradenton & Tampa Areas


Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists are dedicated to providing the highest quality ankle arthritis care for patients in Bradenton, Tampa, Sarasota, and Lakewood Ranch. Our team of highly knowledgeable specialists has extensive experience in treating all forms of arthritis, from osteoarthritis to rheumatoid arthritis. We use a comprehensive approach to diagnose and treat a range of conditions that affect the feet and ankles.

We understand the impact that arthritis can have on our patients’ lives.  Our team remains committed to delivering comprehensive care utilizing minimally invasive methods whenever possible. We offer our non invasive Remy Class IV Laser therapy in our office to effectively treat ankle arthritis fast and efficiently. For those who require more complex care options, Dr. Jason Spector is an expert in surgical treatments for arthritis in the foot or ankle area utilizing cutting-edge techniques that ensure fast recovery times with optimal results.

If you are suffering from any type of foot or ankle pain please do not hesitate to contact us today. Our team of specialists can provide the care you need to get back on your feet in no time.


Please reach out or call 941-241-5333


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    What is Ankle Arthritis?

    Arthritis (inflammation to a joint) can affect any joint of the foot or ankle. This typically produces pain, swelling and warmth. It eventually can 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 including ankle 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.

     Ankle Arthritis Signs and Symptoms

    Osteoarthritis is characterized by a destruction of cartilage within a joint. This typically stems from repetitive stress on a joint that is breaking down. It is a degenerative process and typically advances with age. Joint cartilage is the smooth, hard tissue that covers the end of the bones at the joint. This is essential for the normal function of a joint as it helps protect the bones during movement. When the cartilage is broken down, it can cause joint space narrowing, extra bone formation and cystic formation (pockets of fluid within the bone). When the bones are no longer covered by this smooth surface, mechanical rubbing will continue to precipitate inflammation and pain. Common reasons for development of osteoarthritis are trauma or underlying biomechanical abnormalities that precipitate increased strain on a joint.

    Diagnosis and Treatment

    Diagnosis typically 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. Nonsurgical treatment is typically the first approach and can be effective to help relieve symptoms. Treatment such as the Remy Class IV Laser therapy method is particularly beneficial for individuals suffering from arthritis, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis .

    By directing targeted light energy to affected areas, laser therapy accelerates healing, reduces inflammation and pain, and speeds up recovery. With its non-invasive nature and lack of side effects, laser therapy emerges as the top choice for those seeking safe and effective solutions for foot-related problems.

    As the arthritis continues to progress, ankle surgery or foot surgery may become the recommended course of treatment.


    We understand that living with ankle arthritis can be challenging – but remember, you’re not alone in this journey. Our podiatry office is not just a healthcare facility, it’s a safe haven where you can find understanding, care, and most significantly, solutions. By coming in for an evaluation, you allow our team of specialists to assess your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan for you. We aim to alleviate your discomfort, improve your mobility, and enhance your overall quality of life. We’re here to assist you every step of the way. So, don’t hesitate to get a consultation – because your wellness is our priority.


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