Toe and Ankle Arthritis PRP Therapy Los Angeles
Arthritis commonly disrupts function of joints in our hands, knees, and hips, but it is also a culprit found in another part of your body where joints exist, your toes. Toe arthritis affects the musculoskeletal system and is linked to other toe issues, including infection, gout, and sprained or broken toes. In addition, the most common form of toe joint arthritis is big toe arthritis, medically termed the metatarsophalangeal or MTP joint. This toe joint is important because it must bend every time a person walks. The condintion is called hallux limitus or hallux rigidus depending on the extent of cartilaginous damage. In many cases surgeons will require surgery to repair bony defects. At our clinic we perform total joint replacement versus the keller procedure when joints are already bone on bone and can not respond to PRP therapy. In addition to toe joint arthritis, ankle arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in America. It is a clinical condition that occurs within the joint that connects a patient’s foot to the leg. Although it is a single joint, there are three bones that hold the ankle joint together called the tibia, fibula and talus – any or all of these bones can be affected by ankle joint arthritis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 adults are struggling with arthritis. It is estimated that by the year 2030, about 67 million Americans 18 or older are expected to be diagnosed with some form of arthritis. Although there are many treatment methods available for toe and ankle arthritis, PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy stands as one of the most successful therapy solutions without the use of surgical repair.
Symptoms of Toe and Ankle Arthritis
Depending on the extent of arthritis in toe and ankle, various symptoms may occur. Arthritis is much less likely to occur in the ankle than the hip or knee, but it is an issue that is discovered after significant injuries. In general, patients with toe arthritis experience pain during walking or running.
Symptoms of Toe and Ankle Arthritis may include:
- Pain and swelling
- Stiffness or reduced motion of the toe or ankle
- Difficulty walking or bending
- Pain in the toe while pushing off the toes
Causes of Toe and Ankle Arthritis
There are a number of factors that lead to the cause of toe and foot ankle arthritis. Ankle arthritis may occur from wear and tear as a systemic arthritis known as rheumatoid arthritis or a result of an injury. For example, repetitive ankle sprains and fractures that result from foot deformity could lead to arthritis. Often times in toe arthritis, if the area of cartilage that connects the two bones together wears away, this may be the cause of osteoarthritis.
Contributing Factors of Toe and Ankle Arthritis include:
- Traumatic injury (Repetitive fractures, sprains and breaks)
- Damaged or loss of cartilage
- Unsupportive footwear influences wear and tear
Toe and Ankle Arthritis Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Patients who suffer from persistent pain and discomfort from arthritis may be treated with non-surgical injections that are neither painful nor lengthy in procedure time. Modern medical technology has made platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy possible. By drawing out a small amount of a patient’s blood and separating platelets in a centrifuge system, the body reacts to the platelet cells to initiate accelerated repair. Typically, the toe and ankle blood supply is limited and only has about a couple hundred thousand platelets to deliver at any given time, but with PRP therapy, the platelet count intensifies to over a million and healing progresses rapidly.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy can be very effective in a patient’s early stages of toe and ankle arthritis. PRP therapy reduces inflammation and pain. Additionally, PRP cells are even known to stimulate cartilage regeneration, which potentially inhibits the deteriorating effects of aging and arthritis progression. These treatments have been utilized by professional athletes for years including Alex Rodriguez and Kobe Bryant.
Schedule PRP Therapy for Toe and Ankle Arthritis with Dr. Jamshidinia and his skilled staff of physicians at JAMfeet/ Tower Foot & Ankle Surgery
This is not a new innovative method of treatment, as platelet rich plasma therapy has been around to treat spinal cord defects and other orthopedic disorders for long lasting results. Patients who are suffering from toe or ankle arthritis may be a good candidate for PRP therapy.
In many cases, patients who have undergone other conservative methods in the past were unable to achieve full rehabilitation until they met Dr. Jamshidinia and his skilled collegues to experience his regenerative medical therapy procedure. Recent studies have proven its effectiveness in patients with toe and ankle arthritis including cases that otherwise would require intense physical therapy and surgery. If you want to learn more about your options of platelet rich plasma therapy then contact our PRP therapy specialist at Tower Foot & Ankle Surgery Inc.