New Implant May Help With Arthritis-Related Toe Pain

New Implant May Help With Arthritis-Related Toe Pain

broken-toe2In Britain, about half a million British people suffer from arthritis in their big toe. To help, a relatively new implant made of a putty-like material called Cartiva has been created. Cartiva will supposedly help with the pain and stiffness caused by the condition.

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. Donald C. Stran of Texas. Dr. Stran 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.

If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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