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Help for Arthritic Foot Pain

Arthritis in the feet can cause significant discomfort and interfere with normal functioning. Arthritis is a condition that leads to inflammation in or around joints. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and stiffness. The two major categories of arthritis are osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. This causes the cartilage between the bones at the joints to gradually erode with use. When this happens, the bones will grind against each other. This type of arthritis often affects the joint of the big toe. Bone spurs can develop on the joint to try to protect it, but often results in more pain and decreased motion of the joint. Gout is another form of arthritis that can cause severe joint pain in the big toe. Men, and women who are postmenopausal, are most susceptible to this affliction.  Gout develops from high uric acid levels in the blood, and this causes deposits of urate crystals to form around joints. Though there is no cure for arthritis, there are relief strategies that can be employed. If you suffer from arthritis in your feet, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide more information about these approaches to relief.

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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