Mid foot Arthritis

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Mut
Mut Member Posts: 1
edited 28. Mar 2024, 21:37 in Living with arthritis

Hi

I am new to this groupand have diagnosed with mid foot arthritis ( in both feet)last year, option I have been given is surgery which I would prefer not to go down yet, I just wondered if anyone has and advice, tips on how to manage the pain?.

Thanks

Jo

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  • Poppyjane
    Poppyjane Moderator Posts: 788
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    Hello @Mut welcome to the online community

    You have been diagnosed with mid foot arthritis and ask for tips on how to manage the pain.

    We are a friendly and supportive group offering peer support to anyone who is affected by living with arthritis. So among our members there will be some who have had similar concerns and I hope they will share their experiences with you. Meanwhile I attach some links which I hope you will find helpful.

    https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/conditions/osteoarthritis-oa-of-the-foot-and-ankle/

    https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/treatments/who-will-treat-you/podiatrist/

    https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/exercising-with-arthritis/exercises-for-healthy-joints/exercises-for-the-toes-feet-and-ankles/

    You could ask for a referral to a podiatrist who would be able to assess your footwear and relieve some of your pain. Many of us with arthritis have found daily exercise to be beneficial for pain relief, start gently and build up as it suits you. Also using heat and cold pads give relief and some over the counter gels and creams are helpful. Do talk to your local pharmacist for recommendations on those because for instance avoid ibuprofen gel if you are taking ibuprofen orally.

    We do hope you will join us again soon,

    Best wishes

    Poppyjane

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  • Barley
    Barley Member Posts: 7
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    Hi Mut, I’ve had mid foot arthritis for several years, I’ve done physio, had the injections and take medication (I have global arthritis so most of my joints are affected). The orthotic insoles made to measure by NHS are really helpful so I would definitely recommend those. Unfortunately the pain and deformity only worsened over the years and I finally had mid foot fusion surgery to my right foot on the 25th Jan. I’m currently still wearing a medical boot until the 25th April but my X rays so far are looking good. Fingers crossed that it will be successful and if so I won’t hesitate to proceed with the same procedure on my left foot next year. I would definitely recommend a referral to the Orthotics team, use the ibuprofen gel, wear good supportive footwear and take time to get your head around the surgery option because ultimately it will probably be your final stop! Good luck and keep your fingers crossed for me!