Many foot and ankle conditions can be treated conservatively with medications and injections. These treatments can provide relief of symptoms such as pain and swelling.
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) are medications by mouth that can reduce pain caused by inflammation. They are commonly used for arthritic conditions and can be used for ligament sprains and tendon strains.
Topical compounds can be used as an alternative to medications by mouth to help alleviate symptoms of neuropathy, reduce swelling, and eliminate daily aches and pains.
Steroid injections are a quick and effective way to reduce local inflammation and pain within a joint caused by arthritis or provide quick pain relief caused by plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and neuromas.
Sodium hyaluronate is used for ankle arthritis for those who have decreased joint space and pain with motion. This injection is a synthetic form of the fluid that already exists in normal joints. Arthritic joints have decreased lubrication within the joint causing pain and inflammation. Sodium hyaluronate provides symptomatic relief by increasing the lubrication within the joint.
Amniotic injections are a newer treatment option to help treat plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and even arthritic conditions. The amniotic tissue contains numerous growth factors that occur naturally in the body. The injection provides a concentrated dose to the damaged areas of ligaments and tendons, thus accelerating the healing process.
The physicians at Northern Illinois Foot and Ankle Specialists provide numerous advanced treatment alternatives that can help get you back to your life quicker. Make an appointment and ask your doctor today!