There’s a chance you are one of the many people in our Florida communities who have an arthritic condition. You may be relieved to know that we have suggestions to help you manage your arthritis pain.
There are measures that can be taken to reduce the effects of conditions like osteoarthritis, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Arthritis can be especially problematic for the lower limbs. This can be attributed to the fact there are 33 joints in your feet and ankles. Additionally, your lower appendages are responsible for supporting your bodyweight and enduring tremendous force even from simply walking.
Some of the top tips to manage arthritis pain include:
- Exercising regularly. We know it might seem counterintuitive to suggest you move more often when stiff, inflamed joints make it painful, but exercise is one of the best ways to combat the effects of arthritis.
- Using the right medications. Our office will either prescribe or recommend medications that can relieve pain and reduce inflammation in affected joints.
- Consuming plenty of vitamin C. Studies show that vitamin C plays a role in managing inflammation in the body, including in arthritic joints.
- Managing your weight. The amount of force on your feet when walking or running is multiple times the weight of your body. The less your body weighs, the less force placed on arthritic foot and ankle joints.
- Adhering to a gout-safe diet. Gout is an arthritic condition caused by the crystallization of uric acid in your body. You can manage, and even prevent, this condition by eating a diet centered on whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, low-fat dairy products, and limited quantities of lean meats.
One of the goals in managing your arthritis pain is to avoid surgery. While we strive to help our patients with conservative care, some cases do require a surgical procedure for optimal pain relief or functionality. The good news is that our podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida is experienced and highly-skilled to perform if needed.
Our treatment plan will address the pain and discomfort you are experiencing, but your treatment can’t start until you come in for an appointment! To make this more convenient for you, we are pleased to provide expert podiatric services at our five Florida offices – Lake Mary, Mt. Dora, Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, and Orlando.
Request your appointment by calling us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County).