May is Arthritis Awareness Month. It’s a time to learn about a serious condition that affects more than 50 million Americans, including both adults and children.

One common form of arthritis begins when the joint cartilage that usually cushions the ends of the bones starts to break down. This type of arthritis affecting your feet can be especially painful. The swelling and inflammation can make even walking difficult and decrease mobility.

Luckily, there are several treatments available. 

Custom Orthotics

Store-bought shoe insoles may provide some comfort for those suffering from arthritis in their feet, but an even better option is custom orthotic insoles. A skilled foot specialist can mold a unique insole to perfectly fit the exact shape of your foot, providing support in the specific places where your foot needs it. This can relieve a great deal of pain associated with arthritis-related foot problems. 

In addition to arthritis, many podiatrists will recommend orthotics for other conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, bunions, and calluses.

Stem Cell Injections

Stem cells can be applied either during surgery or delivered through injections. Doctors can use various techniques such as ultrasound and medical imaging to pinpoint the exact place needed to help with arthritis-related joint pain. 

Besides potentially increasing the presence of healthy cells in the body, stem cell therapy may help reduce inflammation and prevent further deterioration of cartilage. 

There’s no reason to live with the pain of arthritis or any foot-related pain. At Atlantic Foot and Ankle Specialists, Dr. Melissa Robitaille and Dr. Todd Newsom treat virtually all types of foot and ankle disorders including bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, and heel pain. Equipped with leading-edge technologies such as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) and laser surgery for toenail fungus, we provide specialized, compassionate service for patients in the Pooler, Georgia area of Chatham County. For any pain and discomfort you are experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact us today at (912) 988-3323.

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