Alleviating Arthritis Pain This Arthritis Awareness Month
This Arthritis awareness month, we at Foot and Ankle Associates, LLP, are enthusiastically engaged in spreading awareness about this disease and how its effects can be minimized, if not completely removed.
What happens in foot or ankle arthritis? This is a process in which the wearing down of foot muscles and joints occurs as the cartilage disappears. As this lubricating source diminishes, the bones tend to rub against each other, causing frictional damage to the joints and weakening of the surrounding muscles.
What are the common symptoms of foot arthritis? Joint inflammation, soreness, swelling, and difficulty in movement are some of the most common symptoms associated with this disease. We strongly urge patients to get their feet examined on a regular basis to avoid long-term damage to your feet.
Is there any way to reduce arthritis pain? Fortunately, yes! Here are some helpful ways to alleviate this pain:
Orthotic inserts that support your feet and remove excess pressure help in decreasing arthritis pains.
Anti-inflammatory medications are also effective in reducing swelling and pain. However, professional medical consultation is strongly advised.
Shoe selection is very important as well. Swollen feet require adequate space to move; therefore soft-soled and comfortable shoes are critical in preventing pains.
Physical therapy has also shown positive results in decreasing pains and improving blood circulation, thereby healing damaged muscles and joints.
Maintaining a healthy body weight plays a vital role in alleviating arthritis pains in your foot and ankles. Excess weight places pressure on your feet, aggravating the wear and tear of your foot muscles and joints.
In extreme cases, surgical options are also available to reduce pain and restore the health of your feet. Before taking any drastic measures, we suggest that you visit our offices conveniently located in West Grove, Garnet Valley, Kennett Square, PA and Newark, Greenville, DE, to get proper guidance, diagnosis, and treatment from our experts for your foot conditions. Don’t delay; schedule an appointment with our highly-qualified and experienced podiatrists, Dr. Albert Iannucci, Dr. Katherine Sydnor, Dr. Richard Conti, Dr. Victor Nippert, Dr. Sharon Anghel, and Dr. Geoffrey Schilling, today!