Arthritis Pain Can be Incapacitating

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Arthritis pain in the foot is basically the inflammation of your joints in that area. In many types of arthritis of the foot and ankle, steady joint wearing occurs as the cartilage in the joint is ultimately diminished. When the cartilage vanishes, bones hit against each other and the other muscles in the same area also wear down, causing a brutally sore situation. Walking and other routine tasks are subsequently harmed and there is an eventual decline in joint function and deformities may actually occur.

Factors such as severe traumas that cause bones to break down or ligaments to rip can result in the development of arthritis. Arthritis in the ankle is generally a long-lasting condition. The most frequent type of arthritis is osteoarthritis and it happens with age because your joints become inflamed and cartilage is lost in the same manner as described above. There may not be an instant solution to arthritis, but there are treatments that you can receive which may mitigate its effects.

Tips for alleviating arthritis pain:

  • Lose as much weight as possible to alleviate the stress that is placed on your ankles and feet. Dieting can help with this.
  • Orthotics can have a very beneficial effect on redistributing the amount of pressure that is placed on certain parts of your feet.
  • Take anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling.
  • Use medications that can relieve pain.
  • Wear shoes that are specially made and that are comfortable to allow swollen feet have more space to move.
  • Padding placed in your shoes is helpful.
  • Physical therapy can help with injured joints.
  • Surgical options will likely be required if the above is not helpful. With these procedures, fusion of the joints may be required.

At Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, located in Waterbury 203-755-0489 & Newtown 203-270-6724, Connecticut, our podiatrist, Dr. Joel S. Segalman, DPM, can provide your feet with the latest in treatment methods so that your joints do not fall victim to the pain of arthritis! Please call our office at any of the two numbers listed above for the best care possible.