Arthritis is common in the small joints of the foot and ankle making it difficult to walk and perform your favorite activities. Foot doctors can provide specialized care for ankle and lower extremity arthritis. At Pancholi Foot & Ankle with locations in Hazleton and Palmerton, PA, patients from Lehigh Valley and Allentown have access to many treatment options available to relieve the symptoms of ankle arthritis.
Arthritis is a general term meaning “joint inflammation.” This inflammation occurs in and around the body’s joints and soft tissues. It can cause pain and stiffness. Joint deterioration can also be present in some types of arthritis. This deterioration is caused when the cushioning between the joints is lost and, as a result, bones rub against each other. Arthritis can be painful, resulting in limited motion, loss of joint function, and deformities in the joints affected.
Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more of your joints, common in the small joints that make up the foot. There are more than 100 forms of arthritis, the major types of arthritis that affect the foot and ankle are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and posttraumatic arthritis.
Many nonsurgical options exist for the treatment of ankle osteoarthritis. These nonsurgical methods include:
If surgery is required, your doctor will discuss the best option for you and your present circumstances. More than one kind of surgery may be required depending on the extent of your arthritis. These types of surgery can include fusion surgery, which involves fusing bones together using rods, pins, screws, or plates, and joint replacement surgery that replaces the ankle joint with artificial implants and ankle arthroscopy is used to both diagnoses the problem and clean out the joint utilizing a camera.
The world of health insurance can be confusing. While we accept most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid PA, we will work to verify your benefits so that you have a clear picture of what your treatment will end up costing you. We understand the ins and outs of health insurance and want to make sure that there are no surprises! If your insurance provider is one of the following, please call our office to schedule your appointment: Amerihealth, Gateway, Geisinger, and Medicaid This is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"I wish I had found Dr. Pancholi 10 years and 2 podiatrists ago. She accurately diagnosed my foot and ankle problems and recommended corrective procedures."
"Any problems with your feet or legs, you must be seen here!!!! Wonderful staff and the doctor is amazing"
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"I was very impressed with Dr. she listened to my problems and she seemed to genuinely care I also felt she was very knowledgeable..."
"Wanted to check out some pain in my toe prior to a cruise. Was able to make an appointment the same day I called - turns out the problem was a non-issue..."
"The shot seems to be working. I was able to take my walk last night and the heel pain Is subsiding. It was great to experience less pain I can finally walk normal..."