A hyaluronic acid injection is similar to synovial fluid, which our body naturally produces, that lubricates our joints. Hyaluronic acid, a lubricant used to treat arthritic toes and ankles. This substance exists naturally in many tissues of the body such as cartilage, skin and the vitreous humor of the eye.
Currently, there are few effective nonsurgical options for treating arthritis on the foot. Most people are not inclined to have ankle and bunion operations unless they are absolutely necessary, as these surgical procedures often require long periods of rehabilitation and often do not achieve the best result.
For patients who have failed to get benefits from standard treatments like oral medications and cortisone injections, hyaluronic acid injections may help the right candidates. An arthritic joint loses its ability to produce the high-quality joint lubricant, which is essential in pain-free and healthy functioning of the joint. Hyaluronic acid injections into the arthritic joint, can restore elasticity and viscosity, which are essential for maintaining healthy and necessary joint function.
Hyaluronic acid injections involves getting two to three injections of hyaluronic acid into the arthritic joint under ultrasound guidance, which guidance provides precise placement of the medication in the joint.
Due to the lubricating properties of hyaluronic acid injections, their application in patients suffering from osteoarthritis pain is highly effective in alleviating symptoms.
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