Approximately half a million of Great Britain’s population are affected by arthritis of the big toe. But Cartiva, a new toe implant made of a putty-like material, can now alleviate arthritis-caused pain and stiffness. To keep them from rubbing together, the implant is surgically inserted between the bones of the toe. Similar to cartilage, the flexible material of the implant allows it to act as a shock absorber. Hillingdon, Middlesex resident and sixty-seven-year-old Val Cornwall underwent surgery for the Cartiva implant in February 2011 and is now as active as ever. Cornwall was able to leave the hospital the next morning after a forty-minute surgery under general anesthetic.

Arthritis is especially prevalent in the feet and ankles and can cause serious pain and stiffness. If you are experiencing the painful effects of arthritis in these areas, consult with podiatrist Dr. James C. Ricketti, DPM of Hamilton Square. Dr. Ricketti will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment and alleviate your joint pain.

Arthritic Foot Care

In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.
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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hamilton Square, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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