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I have a artificial knee my other knee has arthritis & need to get my big toe fused what kind of exercises can I do that won't cause too much pain?

I have a artificial knee my other knee has arthritis & need to get my big toe fused what kind of exercises can I do that won't cause too much pain?

No impact activities: Both artificial joints and arthritic joint cannot tolerate impact. Impact activities include anything with running & jumping. Low impact activities include bike riding, swimming, water aerobics, walking, elliptical machines, etc. I would anticipate that the knees would not tolerate lots of squatting and bending. Similarly, any activity that causes the big toe to bend up will likely cause pain. ...Read more

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Painful Joints (Definition)

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is a term used to describe a common type of arthritis in children. It is a long-term (chronic) disease resulting in ...Read more


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Question about big toe pains. How can you tell gout from regular arthritis?

Question about big toe pains. How can you tell gout from regular arthritis?

Sometimes: A gout attack usually causes a hot red joint whereas an osteoarthritic joint is usually just stiff with often less pain and not usually red and hot. A rheumatoid joint can look like gout. We usually will test the blood for an elevated uric acid level and if possible drain fluid from the joint and then have it examined under a microscope looking for uric acid crystals which confirms the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hi, I have arthritis in my big toe which is painful, now i've noticed my ankle swells slightly, is this due to the arthritis? Thanks x

Hi, I have arthritis in my big toe which is painful, now i've noticed my ankle swells slightly, is this due to the arthritis? Thanks x

Possibly: Ankle swelling certainly could be an indication of arthritis. Alternatively, if there has been a recent injury, trauma can cause swelling as well. Keep in mind that arthritis simply refers to wear and tear of the joints which essentially happens to all of us humans as we get older. If your pain or symptoms persist or worsen, then see a physician. ...Read more

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The toe next to my big toe is red swollen and painful to touch. Arthritis or infection?

The toe next to my big toe is red swollen and painful to touch. Arthritis or infection?

I suspect arthritis: This type of involvement suggests a dactylitis, and the most common cause of dactylitis can be psoriatic arthritis. It can be something else and it depends on what joints are involved. But if the whole toe is swollen and not just one joint i suspect dactylitis. You need evaluation because we have therapy for this or if it is something else other appropriate therpay would be directed. ...Read more

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Any treatments/remedies for osteo arthritis in big toe joints?

Any treatments/remedies for osteo arthritis in big toe joints?

Hallux limitus: Arthritis of the great toe ( hallux) is very common and painful primarily due to the amount of pressure applied to this small joint with each step and the amount of pain free motion required to take a normal step. Pain here is frequently due to inflammation of the synovium, or joint lining, but just as commonly due to a broken spur. Ice, low heeled, stiff soled shoe is best. And see your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have stage 1 hallux rigidus big toe arthritis, its getting worse and am looking for treatment?

What to do if I have stage 1 hallux rigidus big toe arthritis, its getting worse and am looking for treatment?

Would depend : If you have pain or not.Conservatice treatment are orthotics. Or, there is always a surgical tx at any stage but i would only recommend that if you have pain. ...Read more

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