Arthritis of the big toe affects approximately half a million people in Great Britain. Cartiva, a new implant made of a putty-like material, can be surgically inserted between the bones of the toe to help stop pain and stiffness created by arthritis. Sixty-seven-year-old Val Cornwall of Hillingdon, Middlesex underwent surgery for the procedure in February 2011 and is now as active as ever. The implant’s flexible material keeps the bones from rubbing to together, acting a shock absorber similar to cartilage. Cornwall’s procedure lasted for forty minutes under general anesthetic. She was able to leave the hospital the next morning, armed with painkillers to help ease healing.
Arthritis often occurs in the feet, which are a common site for the condition. If you are experiencing the painful effects of arthritis, consult with Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez will alleviate your joint pain and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Arthritic Foot Care
In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.
It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.
Alleviating Arthritic Pain
-Specific exercises may help; stretching the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury. Stretching can also increase your mobility.
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