Arthritis in the Feet and ways to get Relief
If you find yourself hobbling when you get out of bed each morning or you feel pain in the mid-section of your feet after a shopping spree, you are not alone. According to an article in dailymail.co.uk, scientists from Keele University in the United Kingdom found, “A painful form of arthritis affects one in six people over 50—more than previously thought.”
After studying more than 5,000 people, researchers also noted that arthritis commonly affects women’s feet more than men’s. People can be affected by different types of arthritis but wear-and-tear arthritis, known as osteoarthritis, is found in other joints besides the base of the big toe which results in the condition people refer to as “bunions”.
You are probably aware of “bunions” and arthritic hips and knees, but mid-foot arthritis is commonly overlooked. Arthritis is the term used for joint inflammation that can cause pain and stiffness. The joint deteriorates and the cushioning cartilage erodes. As the soft tissues wear down and the bones rub against each other, pain and swelling result. With time, the joint stiffens and the foot can become deformed. So what should you do?
First you should visit Sheldon Nadal, DPM, your Toronto Podiatrist, to confirm the diagnosis. He may prescribe orthotics to stabilize your feet and can give advice on the best type of footwear to improve your comfort. He may also recommend exercises to improve flexibility and mobility in the joints. Massage and topical pain relievers can help ease your foot pain, as can over-the-counter anti-inflammatory tablets like Ibuprofen and Naproxen.
The podiatrist may also recommend surgery if none of the conservative measures reduce your pain sufficiently. There are different surgical options that depend on the type and extent of the arthritis; he will select the best one for your condition.