Foot Joint Pain Treatment
Millions of people suffer from painful joints in the feet with the most common causes being from arthritis, gout, and toe deformities such as bunions and hammertoe conditions. Depending on the nature of the problem there are specific treatments which can help relieving the pain which can be recommended by your podiatrist or doctor.
In many cases pain is caused by inflammation of the bursa and surrounding tissues, and the first step is to reduce the level of inflammation. The usual treatment is with Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs).
Over the counter painkillers are sometimes effective such as Ibuprofen, which serves to reduce inflammation and the associated pain. For more severe cases prescribed drugs such as Celebrex have been used with success, however stronger medications such as this often have unpleasant side effects which can be worse that than the painful joints themselves.
One of the best treatments for gout is perfectly natural with no absolutely side effects and is available free of charge. This wonder treatment is water. Gout is aggravated when the body is dehydrated, as increased uric acid comes out of the blood and crystallizes in the joints. Increasing water intake helps to reduce the formation of crystals and is one of the easiest and simplest home remedies.
Natural remedies have also been used to good effect as a foot joint pain treatment program, such as vitamin and dietary supplements. Fish oils are particularly good, and a couple of capsules taken each day will go a long way to make sure that pain is kept to a minimum. The amino sugar glucosamine is also a recommended foot joint pain treatment. This compound is a precursor of glycosaminoglycans which play a major role in the formation of joint cartilage. Glucosamine is often sold combined with chondroitin sulfate and is one of the best dietary supplements to take, especially for help with osteoarthritis.
Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, has long been believed to have excellent medicinal properties. Studies are currently underway to investigate its health benefits, not only for arthritis but also for Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Due to the purported properties dietary supplements have been increased significantly in recent years.
For pain in the toes, keeping off the feet and keeping them raised is one of the best foot joint pain treatment methods, and for pain relief an ice pack held against the joint for 20 minutes or so can ease pain considerably.
For toe conditions such as bunions one of the best treatment programs is the use of bunion guards, bunion shields and bunion night splints. They will go some way towards healing the problem when used regularly and combined with a change in footwear.
Footwear choice is often a major contributory factor in the deterioration of toe joint problems and in the majority of cases the direct cause. High heeled shoes, especially with people who are carrying extra weight can cause joint damage to the delicate joints of the toe, especially when combined with a narrow toe box area. Modern synthetic materials used in the constructions of shoes severely restrict toe movement and can result in deformity if worn frequently.
Changing the footwear to a style which is flat, or with a low heel, coupled with a wide toe box will help ease problems considerably and will also prevent future occurrences. Bunion shoes custom built for sufferers are the best choice, however style need not be a problem, with modern shoes such as Crocs offering a trendy shoe choice which is kind on the feet.