Is Surgery the Best Option for RA?

If you are looking for some new mittens or gloves for the coming winter, time is running out to pick up some locally crafted pairs at the By Hand Gallery. The gallery is showcasing warm apparel, also including scarves and hats, until Nov. 30. It’s a good way to take care of your hands, but what should you do if your feet are suffering from the pain and stiffness of rheumatoid arthritis? Is joint surgery the only good option?

In many cases, no. Some patients are able to manage the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis through more conservative options such as custom orthotics, medications, and physical therapy. And if this is the case for you, it’s almost always preferred that one continue with these treatments instead of surgery.

However, some patients have cartilage damage that is just too extensive for other treatments to be effective, or conservative methods otherwise just don’t work. It is then when surgery becomes a consideration for relieving pain and restoring movement.

It must be noted that not all joints may be able to be surgically treated, and those that can are likely unable to return to full, normal function. But for the extent of mobility and relief joint surgery can provide, it may very well be worth it. This is something that must be discussed on a case-by-case basis, as multiple surgical options might be available.

When it comes to finding relief from rheumatoid arthritis, we believe in providing the best options for a patient based on his or her individual needs. For help with arthritis pain in your feet and ankles, contact the Bloomington office of Dr. Kevin Powers at (812) 333-4422.