Arthritic foot care is a very important part of managing the symptoms associated with arthritis, which can be very painful and incapacitate your feet. You see, arthritis fights over time and waits until it can take ahold of your joints when you let your guard down.
The joints of the feet and ankles weaken and cartilage diminishes causing the progressive inflammation of the foot’s joints. When the cartilage fades, bones brush against each other without a buffer. It is the swelling that produces the lessening of cartilage. Osteoarthritis is a common type that settles in with age. Yet, any form of arthritis to the feet or ankles can have lasting negative effects.
Preventative care and effective treatment must be long-term goals.
Ways to diminish the symptoms of arthritis:
- Try using anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling.
- Use other medications that can help to relieve pain.
- Use foot support devices to reduce pressure on the joints of the foot. These include orthotics that are custom made or shoes that have a relaxed fit.
- Place padding in shoes to help reduce pressures on joints.
- Exercising or physical therapy can help to strengthen joints.
- Shedding excess pounds that may be placing unnecessary stress on your joints.
- Surgical procedures may be necessary to replace or clean joints with arthritis. This will work by removing the damaged joint and replacing it with a reproduced one.
- The recovery period will require stabilization. This can be accomplished by using casts and special shoes that immobilize the joints of the feet while they heal.
At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719), Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can help to reduce your arthritis pain and assist you with practicing long-term foot care that can delay painful symptoms from occurring early on. So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above because it’s never too early to start proper arthritic foot care!