Arthritis, in its numerous forms, is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Dr. Howard Robins, a leader in the fields of podiatry and ozone therapies in New York City, provides relief from painful arthritis symptoms using a combination of medical ozone therapy and Prolozone® therapy, an effective treatment option for degenerative joint conditions like arthritis. Call the office or schedule a consultation with Dr. Robins.

How does arthritis affect feet and ankles?

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis that affects the foot and ankle, as well as the rest of your body. This painful form of arthritis is the result of the natural wear and tear on the cartilage around your joints as you age.

The progression of arthritis and damage to your joints caused by the disease cannot be reversed, but you can effectively manage painful symptoms and slow down the degeneration of the soft tissues in your joints.

What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?

Symptoms of osteoarthritis typically develop slowly and get worse with time. They often include:

  • Painful, tender joints
  • Joint stiffness
  • Difficulty moving the affected joints
  • Increased pain after prolonged activity
  • Bone spurs

You may be at a greater risk of developing osteoarthritis in your feet, ankles, and knees, as you get older, if you’re a woman, or as a result of genetics.

Obesity also puts you at greater risk for osteoarthritis because of the extra stress on weight-bearing joints like knees, hips, and ankles. The extra fatty tissue around your joints can become inflamed as well, causing even more painful symptoms.

How is arthritis treated?

For some men and women, maintaining a healthy weight, staying active, and taking anti-inflammatory or pain-relief medications can help relieve the symptoms of arthritis.

Additionally, Dr. Robins has found that intravenous ozone therapy and Prolo-ozone therapy, in conjunction with conventional medical and foot orthopedic practices, can be extremely beneficial in diminishing, and sometimes even eliminating, your arthritis pain.

How does Prolo-ozone therapy help relieve arthritis pain?

During Prolo-ozone treatments, Dr. Robins injects a combination of medications, including local anesthesia, a small amount of non-preserved vitamin B12 (methylcobalamine), and a mixture of ozone/oxygen gas, into your arthritic joints to promote the healing process. Research indicates that this innovative therapeutic treatment may actually stimulate natural stem cell growth to help heal the affected joint.

If osteoarthritis is causing pain in your feet and ankles and other pain-relief treatments aren’t providing the results you desire, call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robins today.