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Methods to Manage Foot Arthritis Pain

Foot arthritis is not only extremely painful but it also can seriously affect your ability to conduct normal daily activities. Medication can play a vital role in the relieving pain and inflammation of arthritic foot pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, help to reduce inflammation and pain, and some topical versions in the form of gels or creams can offer targeted relief. Corticosteroids swiftly control inflammation, with oral corticosteroids used for systemic issues and joint-specific injections for localized inflammation. Analgesics, including acetaminophen and opioids, focus solely on pain relief, but opioids are for short-term use due to their potential for dependency. Certain topical treatments can alleviate muscle and surface-level soft tissue pain. To help reduce the progression of arthritic foot pain, disease modifying antirheumatic drugs, or DMARDs, may be used with small joint conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Gout medications manage uric acid levels and provide relief during flare ups. Biologics are systemic agents that alter the course of inflammatory diseases that affect various joints, including the feet. Osteoporosis medications, while not foot-specific, promote overall bone strength, and may help to reduce the risk of fractures. If you suffer from any type of arthritis that affects your feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can recommend the appropriate medication for you.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Mark Majeski, DPM from Main Street Foot & Ankle, LLC. Our practitioner can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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