Midfoot arthritis is characterized by pain and swelling in the midfoot that is aggravated by standing and walking. There is often an associated bony prominence on the top of the foot. Non-operative treatment consisting of use of a stiff-soled comfort shoe, activity modification, weight-loss, calf stretching and anti-inflammatory medications can be quite effective.
If surgery becomes necessary, it is often to fuse the involved joints (midfoot fusion). By eliminating the movement through the arthritic joints, the pain originating from these joints is eradicated. This type of surgery requires strong fixation and a period of non-weight bearing (or limited weight bearing) for 6-8 weeks.