Treating Arthritic Feet

female holding her painful feet and massaging her bunion toes to relieve pain. Your feet are the wheels your body needs to move about the world. They help you run, jump and walk to take in everything your journey offers. When your feet constantly ache, it can be debilitating and limit your quality of life. Sometimes foot pain cases can be relieved through rest and medication. However, lingering foot pain can indicate a deeper problem. Some people develop issues with their joints as they age, a condition commonly known as arthritis. Those with arthritis generally experience symptoms in their knees, shoulders, neck, and hands. Other people experience arthritis in their feet, making it painful to move. The specialists of Utah Orthopedics can help treat arthritic feet and help restore your quality of life. Here are a few strategies that can help your situation and get you back to enjoying life.

Modify Activities

Arthritis can be tough on people who enjoy an active lifestyle, but arthritis doesn’t have to mean the end of enjoying yourself. Many people find a way to live with arthritic feet by modifying their activities in ways that accommodate their condition. For instance, if arthritis makes going for a jog impossible, consider using water-based activities to help you adjust. Water aerobics and water stretches can be fantastic strategies to begin with.  

You can also modify your activities by opting for low-impact exercises that are easier on your joints. Some of which can include:

  • Using a stationary bike
  • Elliptical machine
  • Walking
  • Swimming

Handling Arthritis In The Feet

Arthritis requires you to make adjustments in your daily routine. One of the crucial strategies to keep in mind is pain management. Sometimes anti-inflammatory medications can help lessen the impact of arthritis, and some people make it a part of their daily regimen with professional advice. 

In other situations, surgical intervention may be a necessary treatment to help. Arthritis wears down the cartilage in your joints, causing bones to grind against each other and create excruciating pain. Sometimes, joints can degrade so severely that they can cause deformities, making it nearly impossible to use the affected joint. In this case, reconstructive surgery can be an option to help restore the joint and help you regain mobility. Our office proudly provides this service and can help you if our experts deem the procedure necessary. For more on reconstructive foot surgery, please contact us. Schedule your consultation by calling us today at (801) 917-8000.

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