Relief of Ankle Arthritis with Hyalgan

The doctors at Kansas City Foot and Ankle have added another great treatment option to their arsenal of resources to relieve arthritis pain in the foot and ankle.

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Many patients suffer with painful foot and ankle arthritis.  Osteoarthritis of the foot and ankle can cause pain and stiffness with or without activity.  It can be so painful that patients often give up activities such as exercise.

Osteoarthritis of the foot and ankle is typically the result of the aging process causing insufficient lubrication and cushioning within the joints.  This can cause the bones to rub together leading to pain and inflammation.

In an effort to get patients comfortable and back to normal activities, the doctors at Kansas City Foot and Ankle will work to alleviate the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis with conservative measures such as pain relievers, ankle supports, custom foot orthotics and physical therapy.  When conservative measures are not adequate, the doctors may recommend more advanced treatment options ranging from state-of-the-art laser technology to advanced drug-free injections such as Hyalgan that could help provide long-lasting pain relief.

Although the use of Hyalgan is currently considered “off-label” in the ankle and foot joints, it is clinically proven to relieve joint pain associated with osteoarthritis, and has been safely used for over 20 years as an effective solution to painful osteoarthritis in other major joints of the body.

Hyalgan is a safe, clinically proven, drug-free injection that is comprised of Hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body.   Hyaluronic acid is normally present at high levels within the joints of the body, which help keep them lubricated.  But with aging, the levels often decrease.  The doctors at Kansas City Foot and Ankle can now address this aging process and osteoarthritis of the foot or ankle with a series of three simple injections given at one week intervals.  When injected into a joint, Hyalgan lubricates and cushions the joints to alleviate pain naturally.

Hyalgan treatments can potentially provide up to six months of osteoarthritis pain relief.  Some patients may obtain longer periods of relief.  Additional treatments with Hyalgan can be safely repeated as necessary.

If you have painful arthritis in your foot or ankle, make an appointment for a thorough evaluation and ask our doctors if Hyalgan may be right for you.  Call 816-943-1111 to schedule.