Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC
Podiatrists located in Midtown & Downtown, New York, NY
Arthritis can affect a person’s feet and ankle and cause discomfort. For New York City patients, Manhattan Podiatry Associates offers treatment for osteoarthritis and arthritis affecting the feet. Patients can visit locations in Midtown East and Midtown West to receive treatment options such as medication, orthotics, and physical therapy.
Arthritis Q & A
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis describes many diseases and conditions which cause inflammation in the joints. Osteoarthritis can commonly cause pain in the feet and ankles. This condition is also though of as “wear-and-tear” arthritis because it develops as a result of the natural use and aging process. The condition is also referred to as degenerative joint disease or age-related arthritis. This condition can affect the bones and joints inside the foot, causing pain, swelling, and possibly deformity.
What are the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis?
Symptoms of osteoarthritis affecting the feet and ankles usually include:
- Reduced ability to move, walk, or bear weight
- Swelling in joint
- Stiffness in joint
- Tenderness and pain in joint
How is Osteoarthritis of the Foot and Ankle Treated?
Once it has been determined that the person has osteoarthritis, the doctor will treat the condition using a variety of methods. Often times, steroid medications are used to minimize swelling and are injected into the affected joints. Anti-inflammatory drugs can also help to reduce swelling and ease discomfort. Including pads and arch support in treatment is also help and helps cushion the joints against pressure and impact from walking and moving. Canes and braces can be used if weight bearing is especially difficult. Physical therapy can also help to increase range of motion and keep the joints flexible. If patients are overweight, it will be recommended that they lose the excess weight to reduce pressure on the joints and bones. Custom made orthotics and shoes can also help. Employing at home care will also be very important for patients. These stretches and techniques can help the feet stay strong and flexible which will reduce discomfort. If you believe you have arthritis in your feet and/or ankles, contact the office to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our doctors.
In an effort to minimize out-of-pocket expense, we accept and participate in most managed care and insurance plans. If you have a question about your insurance, or if your plan is not listed below, please call our expert staff. We have a trained full-time insurance coordinator to assist every patient with insurance forms and questions.
Words from our patients
"...the office and exam rooms are clean, the front desk people are always courteous and welcoming and the nurses are super efficient and friendly."
"I'm happy to say that I think my foot problems are behind me and I have Dr. Shapiro and his wonderful staff to thank for that."
"Every appointment the staff was on time and there was no need to wait, which is wonderful when you need to leave work to make a mid-day appt."
"I found Dr. Abramow to be friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and forthcoming about everything involved in my surgery. I would recommend him to a friend..."
"He was incredibly friendly and communicative -- answered all my questions and luckily was able to quickly diagnose my ailment. "
"The doctor took his time and was very good at explaining what was causing the pain in my foot. I would definitely recommend Dr. Landsman to my family and friends!"