Home may be where the heart is, but it can also be where sighs and frustrations reside if arthritic pain and stiffness make you feel like staying in. Luckily, you don’t need to journey far to find some methods for reliving your discomfort. Try these arthritis home remedies and your joints may be just as willing as your spirit next time you feel like going out!
A foot massage can be an effective and often welcome form of treatment. A foot rub may improve circulation and reduce tension, resulting in less pain. Knead your foot with your knuckles and thumbs. Include the toes, starting at the top and working down to the base. If you are unable to comfortably massage your feet yourself or have no one to do it for you, a store-bought gadget or even rubbing your foot over a tennis ball can help.
The application of heat and cold can also be tried as arthritis home remedies. Cold is capable of reducing swelling and inflammation, while heat may increase joint circulation and have a relaxing effect. You may need to experiment with both temperatures to find which works best for your pain.
An over-the-counter topical treatment could also provide some relief. There are many out there, though, and not all may work well for your condition. Try a medication containing capsaicin, the chemical in chili peppers that is believed to reduce pain transmission in the body.
If foot pain from arthritis keeps you home, the doctors at the California Foot and Ankle Institute can suggest prescription orthotics and medications to target your unique needs. Call us toll free at (888) 796-6631. You may also directly reach our office in Irvine at (949) 833-3406 or our office in Victorville at (760) 951-2000. We offer a complimentary initial office examination to new patients to assist them in determining treatment alternatives.