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Arthritis and the Feet

Arthritis affecting the feet requires diligent attention to maintain overall health and mobility. Foot care for arthritic individuals involves regular inspection for inflammation, keeping feet clean and dry, and wearing supportive footwear with custom orthotic inserts. Management of inflammation and pain through medication and therapy is important to prevent long-term complications like joint deformities and reduced mobility. Particular focus should be given to maintaining foot health to prevent secondary issues. If you have arthritis that is negatively impacting the comfort of your feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a personalized treatment plan, which may include prescribing orthotics and offering guidance on foot care techniques.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact James Tyler Vestile, DPM from Foot and Ankle Centers of Indiana. 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 our office located in Tipton, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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