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osteoarthritis in the joints of the
feet is so severe that function is impossible (rare
with osteoarthritis), surgery or joint replacement will allow some pain-free
In the hands, the goal is enough pain-free motion to allow the person
to do basic daily activities such as eating, bathing, and dressing. Surgery for
severe arthritis in the small joints of the hands is more commonly seen with
In the feet, the goals of surgery are usually to allow the person to
be able to wear shoes comfortably and to walk as normally as possible. Surgery
to repair bunions or
hammer toes is fairly common in osteoarthritis.
Joining together (fusion) of smaller joints may be more commonly used
April 8, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology
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