In the population of Great Britain approximately half a million people are affecting by arthritis of the big toe. To aid with this situation, Cartiva, a relatively new implant made of a putty-like material, was created to ease the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis. The cartiva implant is surgically inserted between the bones of the toe to prevent them from rubbing together. The flexible material allows it to act as a shock absorber, which is actually similar to cartilage.
The feet are particularly susceptible to arthritis, especially in the big toe. If you are suffering from painful arthritis of the foot or ankle, see podiatrist Dr. Bryant A. Tarr, D.P.M. of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry.Dr. Tarr 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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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Sudbury and Westford, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.
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