Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle- Make it STOP!

Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle- Make it STOP!There are over 100 types of arthritis that can affect both your feet and ankles. Each type can hinder walking and physical activities. Although once you develop arthritis, it is difficult to reverse the effects. Good news though, Dr. Mark Forman DPM, owner of Put Your Feet First, can help you slow down the progression and help ease the pain, so you can be back on your feet.

Simple Ways You Can Help Yourself?

Dr. Forman and his professional Scottsdale team at Put Your Feet First strongly encourage their patients to enact simple remedies at home to begin feeling better immediately. Although these remedies are not effective long-term, they can help you in the interim before visiting with Dr. Forman. Some at-home remedies include:

  • Interchanging heat and ice every 15 minutes. The heat relaxes the muscle and the ice numbs it, relieving some of your symptoms.
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can be taken to relieve pain.
  • Controlling weight, as the more pressure placed on the foot and ankle, the stronger the pain is felt.
  • Using a cane or walker to help support you.

These suggestions are a temporary relief until a visit can be scheduled. At Put Your Feet First, we can further help you with a myriad of solutions. Examples include:

  • Custom-made orthotics.
  • Providing supportive braces and footwear suggestions.
  • Prescription topical and oral anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Providing a prescription for physical therapy.
  • Cortisone injections.

Additionally, our top Scottsdale doctor, Mark Forman, DPM and his team at Put Your Feet First, have the expertise to administer additional therapies, such as Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP), MLS Laser treatment, and surgery.

Platelet-rich Plasma

PRP is an excellent method used by skilled doctors to help relieve pain in patients suffering from ligament, tendon, and joint issues. Dr. Mark Forman would first need to meet with you to see if this is a viable option for you. If so, and in many cases it is, he then screens your blood and spins it to gather your strong platelets. Then he inserts the platelets back into the infected area. PRP works better than cortisone shots as it quickly removes inflammation which causes extra pain. To find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, please call us at Put Your Feet First!

MLS Laser Treatment

MLS laser is another treatment that has been shown to be highly effective. Laser therapy restores the injured area by circulating the tissue and stimulating the area by penetrating the cells and tissue underneath with its laser light. This method usually takes a few sessions to work well, but each patient and injury is different. Laser therapy does not have any pre or post routines to follow. In fact, patients just walk out the door and carry on with their day. To find out if you are a viable candidate, please schedule an appointment with us at Put Your Feet First, so Dr. Forman can discuss this method and its effectiveness for your symptoms.

Surgery

Of course, if all other non-invasive treatments do not help you with your arthritic pain, surgery is another option. Dr. Forman, a skilled Scottsdale surgeon can perform this locally. Please call our office and meet with Dr. Forman to see if this is your only option.

We, at Put Your Feet First, truly put YOU first. We want to help you get back on your feet so you can continue your daily activities without pain. To help you, please let us sit down and discuss your challenges and find solutions together. Call us at 480.423.8400 or visit us online to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

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