Solutions to Foot and Ankle Arthritis
Arthritis of the foot and ankle makes each step painful, each activity difficult and life barely tolerable at times. And when one side starts to hurt, the other side can quickly follow in an avalanche of aches and pains. If you are desperately seeking solutions to your foot and ankle pain, here is a list that may provide you with a fresh new direction towards feeling better with each step you take.
Shoe wear: Most people start here for a solution to foot and ankle pain. The power of a good shoe is not to be underestimated. My favorite source for hard-to-find shoes like wide shoes, deep shoes, and shoes with “rocker bottoms” is www.footsmart.com.
Topical medications: Conveniently, foot and ankle pain lends itself to topical solutions because the painful structures are relatively superficial. An example of a topical medication worth trying is over-the-counter Aspercreme. An alternative topical anti-inflammatory available by prescription is PennsAid. And, don’t forget that ice is a great, natural pain reliever, too. Rolling the bottom of your foot on a frozen bottle of ice might be the answer you’ve been looking for to relieve your pain. Another solution that works well for hand arthritis, and might work well for foot arthritis, is a paraffin wax bath. Topical solutions are worth exploring to see what might work for you.
Nutrition/supplements: Because foot and ankle arthritis causes inflammation of the joints, controlling inflammation is an important way to control pain. Turmeric is a spice known to have powerful anti-inflammatory powers. It can be found in the spice section of the grocery store as well as in tablet form in the supplement section. Turmeric is a great addition to an overall eating plan known as the Anti-Inflammatory Diet. Helping the body control inflammation naturally by eating the right diet is an extremely valuable solution to foot and ankle pain.
Professionals: A variety of specialists can assist you with foot and ankle pain. One of the lesser known professionals is a pedorthist. This person has the ability to make custom shoes and orthotics for shoes in order to relieve areas of foot and ankle pain. When it comes to surgeons that specialize in this region of the body, two types exist: the podiatrists and the orthopedists that specialize in the foot and ankle. Foot and ankle surgery can be pretty serious and very painful. For the best chances of having a good outcome after surgery, remember to take your vitamin C to reduce your risk of developing a condition called complex regional pain syndrome.
By exploring some of these treatment options for foot and ankle arthritis, you may soon be able to explore the world more with less pain.
Christina Lasich, M.D., wrote about chronic pain and osteoarthritis for HealthCentral. She is physiatrist in Grass Valley, California. She specializes in pain management and spine rehabilitation.