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  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Osteoarthritis treatments

    Hello.

    I have severe osteoarthritis throughout my entire body, especially in my spine and hips until they were both replaced in 2015. I am allergic to all narcotics, so that is not a solution for me. I rely on a muscle relaxer and enteric coated aspirin for my chronic pain, and take a glucosamin supplement with MSM, vitamin D3 and other things. The glucosamin does help with the joint pain, but I have to change brands periodically as I seem to become resistant. I use Osteo BiFlex, Move Free and some other brands. I have found the best price for these supplements to be either at our local Walgreens or Amazon.com.

    Have you seen a rheumatologist and/or pain management specialist? These types of doctors may be able to find you solutions to ease your pain.

    I pray you find answers and relief soon.
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Osteoarthritis treatments

    My foot was crushed in 2006 and now suffer Osteroarthitis in my foot and ankle. The doctor started me with a 7 day course of cortisone which helped for awhile but now i get injections which help a great deal more. He said that if it gets worse he might have to fuse my foot. I find the injections and using a warm heating pad or hot/cold pac works well. I highly suggest going to your Orthopedic doctor that specializies in feet/ankle or your primary care doctor who could advise you. A Podiatrist might even be of help. Good luck!
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Osteoarthritis treatments

    I had both feet fused after having congenital severe club feet which resulted in six childhood surgeries and severe osteoarthritis (no cartilage in the foot joints). Fusion is only a temporary solution. The joints next to the fused joints takes extra pressure and will eventually cause pain, but you will get relief for about five years.
      • over 1 year ago
        I'm not even thinking of fusing. That is just an option my doctor gave me. I'm finding the injections are helping me enough at this point.
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  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Osteoarthritis treatments

    I I debilitating arthritis and when I have trouble with my ankles I take Leg Cramp wear ace bandage for stiff strengthening. Then if swelled I lay in bed and put my feet on the headboard legs bent. Then I put a pair of socks that slightly squeeze. Because they wouldn't go on, over the wrap before. Then that was so much work I usually lay down with legs on head board again. Until rested. I do this at least 3 times a day because I'm trying to warm up my ankle and get the swelling down all while supporting the sprained ankle. I also do slight range of motion until I get my full range back. If none for the ankle then the toes at the very least. So far it's always helped. Hope you're better. If not I hope you've been to the doctor
      • over 1 year ago
        Have you tried compression socks for the swelling? I've worn them in the past but never waited until my foot/ankle swelled. I would put them on when getting dressed and my feet,ankle & legs would never swell up. Now they come in all different colors and designs,not just plain white or black.
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Osteoarthritis treatments

    I had both my ankles undergo ankle replacement surgery ! What a difference!! I had a Master surgeon (meaning he teaches other surgeons how to perform this type of surgery). I had 3 previous consultations with highly regarded surgeons who all told me that I was not a candidate for this surgery that the best that I could hope for was fusion. Ultimately I found my doctor who after just looking at my xrays walked into the exam room said so it looks like you are needing some new ankles. He then sat down and explained the who process in making the ankles to order (unlike hips and knees) to the recovery process (it is not easy or quick) I have had a great experience!! He has said that I can expect them to last 15 years. I had mine done a year apart from each other. He also said that in 15 years who knows where the technology will be. I am so glad I did not give up trying for a better solution to fusion and so grateful to my doctor!!!