Rheumatoid arthritis foot pain has symptoms, such as pain, stiffness, and swelling in ankles, toes, or the balls of your feet.
6 Hacks for Treating RA Foot Pain at Home
1. Orange Juice for More Than Breakfast When your feet are achy, cold often reduces the pain, says Genie Lieberman, the director of the physical rehabilitation institute at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Florida. Lieberman says clients report relief from placing a small towel over a can of frozen orange juice and running the ball of their foot over it. The cold also helps with inflammation, she says.
2. Dried Bean Massage Massaging your feet relieves pain and stiffness. But rubbing yourself is often unsatisfying, and you may not have someone else around to do it for you. That’s where dried beans come in. Simply open a package into a small bin or tray and rub your feet over them. Depending on your preference, you might bunch them up or spread them flat. You’ll want to skip this form of self-massage if you are having a flare, Lieberman advises.
3. Antiperspirant for Your Feet If your feet are prone to blisters, try spreading some antiperspirant on the problem areas before putting on your shoes. This will deprive the blisters of the moisture and friction they need to form.
4. Grocery Bag Sock Assist If you wear compression stockings, you can buy a special device to help put them on, since that can be especially tricky for someone with RA. Or if you wear the open-toed variety, you can hack a plastic bag. Simply cut the corner of a bag and place it over your toes and heel. The stocking will now slide easily up over the foot (and bag). Once it’s in place, pull the plastic bag off your foot from the toe side.
5. Lambs Wool for Bunion Pain You can buy moleskin or gel-filled pads to protect your bunion from your shoes. Or you can take a tip from ballet dancers, and stuff your shoe with a thin layer of lambs wool — which, catering to the dancers, some companies sell in packages as padding. If the wool moves around, rub a little petroleum jelly on your foot to hold it in place.
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