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Ways to Live with Arthritis

Tuesday, 03 May 2022 00:00

Many people suffer from the pain of arthritis, of which there are about 100 varieties. A podiatrist can help you figure out which form of this disease you have through a number of tests. The most common types are osteoarthritis, which is a wearing away of the cartilage between the bones; rheumatoid arthritis, a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and deformity in the joints; and gout, caused by a buildup of uric acid that results in redness, swelling, and pain affecting the big toe and other joints. Among the ways you can live with arthritis are diet, exercise and pain management. It has been found that eating a Mediterranean style diet (fish, nuts, olive oil, vegetables and fruit) can help reduce the effects of arthritis. It is also suggested that you avoid red meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products, and try to include calcium rich foods to ward off osteoporosis (thinning of the bones). A regular program of exercise is suggested to help keep your weight down and reduce joint stiffness. A number of medications are available to alleviate the pain caused by arthritis. In addition, using heat or ice treatments as needed throughout the day and avoiding activities that increase your pain is suggested. Changing the way you operate with appropriate walking aids, raised toilet seats, and safely navigating in your home can be helpful. If you need more information on how to manage arthritis, please consult with a podiatrist for an examination and treatment options.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Ronald K. Olm from Grand Traverse Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Traverse City and Kalkaska, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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