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Supartz Injections for Ankle Pain

Why is Supartz better than surgery for ankle pain? Supartz is meant to prolong the life of a damaged or arthritic joint by increasing the amount of cushioning and lubrication inside the ankle. Supartz is superior to surgery in many ways. 1) Supartz is much less invasive. It only involves a series of injections, instead […]

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Arthritis in the Big Toe Joint explained by San Francisco Podiatrist

What is Arthritis in the Big Toe Joint? 

The medical term for the big toe joint is the first metatarsophalangeal joint. When arthritis affects this joint you can get pain, cartilage damage, stiffness and bone spurs. Over time the joint will typically get stiffer and more painful. Gouty arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatoc arthritis, and Osteoarthritis are all different form of arthritis in the big toe joint. However a form of osteoarthritis called “hallux rigidus” is by far the most common typr oe painful arthritis in the big toe joint seen in our podiatry practice in San Francisco. There are many causes of arthritis in the big toe joint, but most can be effectively treated. 

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What is Arthritis?

Arthritis simply put is inflammation of the joints. It is not really just one condition, but is actually a group of inflammatory conditions where there is damage to the cartilage in the joints that produces inflammation. Arthritis is the most common cause of disability of retired people.  Arthrtis affects about twice as many women as men.

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