Asked by Mclark:

I am an active 60 year old woman who was recently diagnosed with foot & ankle Osteoarthritis. Help! I was overweight for most of my adult life and 5 years ago decided to take my health seriously and started a regimented running program as well as a healthy diet. During the last year, I started to experience swelling and pain around the ankles and feet, especially during and after every physical activity I performed. After a series of medical appointments that included x-rays, I was told I have foot & ankle osteoarthritis and that there is not much that can be done about it. The last things I want to go back to are lack of physical activity and weight gain. Is there a treatment you recommend to your patients?



One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing foot pain – especially since you are trying to increase your activity level. Osteoarthritis in the feet is common as we age, in those who have a high activity level and in those who are overweight. Once we begin to wear down our joints, there are very few options to try and reduce the pain. Many patients end up taking oral anti-inflammatories, such as Celebrex, to control the pain – or you can try alternative treatment options such as MSM, Glucosamine and Chondrotin to help with the cartilage health. If you do want to take the supplements please note that they take up to 3 months to start showing benefit. Otherwise, make sure that you are wearing supportive footwear and avoiding activities such as running that have high impact forces. I would instead look at cycling or swimming as there is much less stress on the foot joints.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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