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A 44-year-old member asked:

Besides antinflamatories, any good remedies for painful osteoarthritis in my big toes? i don't think its gout because it is there every night after wk.

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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Podiatrist: See a podiatrist (foot & ankle specialist) -- they may be able to fit you with an orthotic (insert for shoe) which takes the pressure off of your painful toe without any medicine. They can also advise you on whether any other treatments (devices. Supplements, medicines, injection, special exercises, etc.) may be helpful in your case, and what the pros & cos of each would be.
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Dr. Angelo Mitsos
Podiatry 42 years experience
Hallux Limitus: X-rays would easily show degenerative or osteoarthritis of the great toe joint. Depending on the severity, there are a variety of surgical procedures which can significantly reduce the pain and increase motion. There is no need to suffer.
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Can also try some physical therapy techniques prior to surgery. One type is called paraffin bath treatment. Fish oil supplements work well for joint stiffness. Talk to your doctor to see if that is safe for you to take
May 23, 2012
Dr. Angus Worthing
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Insert, weight loss: Reduce the load borne by those toe joints by trying an arch support insert, staying with shoes that have a wide enough toe box, and try to be as close as possible to ideal body weight (bmi under 26).
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Dr. Thomas Inwood
Podiatry 37 years experience
Osteoarthritis: There is no remedy for arthritis. However., there are things that can help and /or lesse the pain. See your podiatrist for custom orthotics - that may help . There are surgical procedures that can help also as can injectable anti-inflammatories . These keep you from taking too many oral meds your podiatrist can help with all of these
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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