Discomfort from arthritis in your feet can be debilitating, but it doesn’t have to control your life. Taking care of your lower limbs can help relieve some pain symptoms. Wear properly supportive shoes or orthotics that stabilize and cushion high pressure areas. Consider getting a foot massage to relax the muscles and connecting tissues. Exercise and stretch your feet regularly to help build up their strength and maintain their flexibility. They don’t have to be complicated movements—something as simple as stretching your calves, wiggling your toes, and pointing and flexing your feet affect the important but hard to reach muscles.
You will also want to have the arthritis examined every year to check for changes and discuss management options with Dr. Evan Merrill. If your pain is persistent, various anti-inflammatory pain killers, or even topical medications, can be prescribed. Whatever you use for pain relief, don’t ignore the problem and allow the irritation to get out of control and warp your joints. Instead, contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. for an appointment or more information by calling (541) 776-3338 or visiting the online contact page.