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East Florida


HCA Florida Westside Hospital


Reconstructive Foot and Ankle

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Medicine and Health Sciences | Musculoskeletal Diseases | Podiatry


Foot and ankle arthritis is a prevalent and debilitating musculoskeletal condition that significantly impairs the quality of life for millions of individuals worldwide. This scientific abstract provides an overview of the current concepts of treatment for foot and ankle arthritis, highlighting the multifaceted approach employed by healthcare professionals to alleviate pain, improve function, and enhance the overall well-being of affected patients.

This comprehensive review outlines the key elements of contemporary foot and ankle arthritis management. First, it discusses the importance of early diagnosis and classification of the condition, emphasizing the role of advanced imaging modalities and clinical assessments in establishing a precise diagnosis. Accurate classification is crucial as it informs subsequent treatment decisions and helps in predicting disease progression.

The abstract then explores the non-pharmacological interventions that form the cornerstone of conservative management in foot and ankle arthritis. These include patient education, lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, orthotic devices, and assistive aids. The integration of these strategies helps mitigate pain, improve joint function, and delay disease progression.

Next, the abstract delves into pharmacological interventions, highlighting the efficacy and safety of various medications, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, and biologic agents. The selection of pharmacological agents is based on the disease subtype, severity, and individual patient characteristics.

Surgical interventions are then discussed, encompassing a range of procedures from arthroscopy and joint-preserving surgeries to joint fusion and total joint replacement. The abstract provides insights into the indications, outcomes, and potential complications associated with surgical interventions, underscoring the importance of shared decision-making between the patient and the surgical team.

Furthermore, the abstract explores emerging therapies and technologies, such as regenerative medicine, minimally invasive techniques, and patient-specific implants, which hold promise for improving treatment outcomes in foot and ankle arthritis.

In conclusion, this scientific abstract offers a comprehensive overview of the current concepts of treatment in foot and ankle arthritis. It underscores the importance of a multidisciplinary approach, personalized care, and the integration of conservative and surgical interventions to optimize patient outcomes. As our understanding of the condition continues to evolve and innovative therapies emerge, the management of foot and ankle arthritis is poised to provide improved relief and restoration of function for those affected.

Current Concepts of Treatment for Foot and Ankle Arthritis



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