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How is foot and ankle osteoarthritis treated without surgery?

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Foot and ankle osteoarthritis can be treated in many ways. Ones that don't involve surgery include:

  • Shots of steroid medications into the joints
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs to ease swelling in the joints
  • Pain relievers
  • Pads or arch supports
  • Canes or braces to support the joints
  • Inserts that support the ankle and foot (orthotics)
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom shoes
  • Weight control

From: Foot and Ankle Osteoarthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): "What Is Osteoarthritis?" and "Hand Out on Health: Osteoarthritis."

National Institute on Aging: "Age Page: Arthritis Advice."

 

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 3, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): "What Is Osteoarthritis?" and "Hand Out on Health: Osteoarthritis."

National Institute on Aging: "Age Page: Arthritis Advice."

 

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 3, 2018

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