Question:My mother has severe pain in her foot that her doctor said was arthritis. It's getting harder for her to walk - is there anything they can do for it?
Answer:Without knowing exactly what your mother's problems are, it would be impossible to give a realistic suggestion that your mother can use. A lot depends on what type of arthritis your mother has, where exactly in the foot it is,and if anything has been tried before.
In some situations, people with arthritis in the foot do well with special shoes or inserts in their shoes. Others do well with surgery. It's important to discuss her options with her doctor and, if needed, a surgeon, to see what can be done.John Riel, Daniel Tomaszewski, and Gerard Cush. Midfoot arthritis: evaluation and treatment, surgical and nonsurgical. In Current Orthopaedic Practice. May/June 2008. Vol. 19. No. 3. Pp. 249-252.
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