Arthritis Specialist

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.

 

Insurance

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.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Empire Plan
GHI
Guardian
MagnaCare
Medicare
Multiplan, Inc.
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
UnitedHealthcare
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