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Nonsurgical Treatments for Osteoarthritis in the Feet

Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes the breakdown and loss of cartilage in the joints. The joints of the feet and ankles are often affected. Symptoms of osteoarthritis include  pain, stiffness, and swelling in the affected joints, difficulty walking, and difficulty bending the joints. There are several nonsurgical treatments for osteoarthritis in the feet. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce pain and inflammation, as can steroid injections into the affected joint. Orthotic devices can cushion the foot while walking or standing. Bracing or immobilizing the foot protects the foot from movement and can reduce pain. Physical therapy may also help, especially when osteoarthritis occurs in the ankle. To find out which treatments are best for you, consult a podiatrist.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors 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 offices located in Texarkana and, Mount Pleasant, TX and Nashville, AR. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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