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Hi im new to this site, i have just been diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in my left foot (big toe) can anyone recommend any pain relief, supplements etc that may help. I am a shop assistant so on my feet alot, i do wear clarks shoes but sometimes the pain is so bad i have to remove my shoe. Any advice/recommendations welcome. Thank you 😊

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    Hi Linda I’m new to group to and I also have  osteoarthritis . I’m 57 and in pain every day . It’s good to speak to some one who has this condition . Mines is all over my body . The Doctos changeing my meds tae Gabbapentin . Anything worth a try xxxx
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    Hi, I never had an actual OA diagnosis in my big toe, but I was told 'it will be OA'. I had bad pain - in particular I couldn't bend my toes back - so standing on tip toes for example would be impossible. I had a bit of deformity - so like a bunion.

    In my case, it was due to my gait mechanics. I had all sorts of twisting in my body (my main diagnosis was hip OA) and the twisting in my pelvis mean I walked with my left foot pronating and twisting. The root cause had to be addressed at my core - to get the pelvis leveled off. 

    However, if something similar was happening with you then the source of the pain would just be stress to the soft tissue. Have you tried deep massage of all the tendons in the top and bottom of your foot? Really try and get in deep around all the joints and find sore spots - if you find them, massage regularly until the pain eases. Additionally, the tension in the feet will be in part caused by tension in the shin / calf muscles so work all the way up to the knees looking for tight 'knots' in the soft tissue. Also, if it doesn't hurt too much try stretching the toes back gently on a regular bases. 

    If this helps, then that's a big clue that the root cause is similar to mine - instability in the core. That can be addressed with corrective exercise. 

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    Hi I have the same condition - hallux rigidus which is now so bad that I'm having a fusion next month. But in the meantime I would suggest seeing a good podiatrist to get some orthotics. You need shoes that do not rub on this painful joint and they should support the tie without letting it move as that is when the pain becom excrutiating. The only ones I can wear are Hotter shoes as I can fit my orthotics in them. In the summer I can only wear supportive walking sandals due to increased swelling. Supplements haven't worked for me though I have had some relief from Voltarol gel. Only painkillers I can take are regular paracetamol but I also take Naproxen with stomach protection. Good luck with this.

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    oh Linda......... my heart goes out to you....... Ginger, Cummen,  there are many natural herbs that are suppose to help....... do you eat tomatoes?????  tomatoes are a no no for those with joint issues ....... sucks because I LOVE tomatoes......use to eat them with every meal.... no more!  tomatoes have an acid in them that is bad for joints....bones.......soaking your feet in warm water with ginger, cummen, and Espsom's Salt is very soothing...... but you are in a horrible situation..... on your feet all day and your foot hurts.......ouch......what did they say about your right foot..... OA is usually bilateral...... I tried ever kind of shoe out there...... Clarks, MBT's, Tiva's, Birkenstocks...... you name it I tried it....... will you work allow you to sit down every 30 minutes or so??.......take a load off for 5 to 10 minutes?..... If I was your employer I would demand that you do so so I wouldn't loose you!!...... My feet have just started to ache but I ignore them as my hips, knees, shoulders, and elbows hurt so bad the feet are just a blip on the pain scale lol...... did you see a specialist?? how about acupuncture, hydrotherapy???  I would check with an herbalist to see which supplements my help.....  Chondrotin and Glucosamen are suppose to be helpful too....

    I will pray for you..... and am here is you want to vent!

    Always,

    Erela

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    Sounds like gout! However, I have arthritis in my middle 3 toes and some in my big toe, left foot - horrible for walking when it flares up!  I have been using ultrasound every morning and that helps a lot (don't like pills)! Just have to remember to do it or take the time - I am using Sonic Relief but there are other kinds.  Just 10 minutes and my pain is improved a lot.  Diet seems to help with flare ups too for me - avoiding wheat and sugar. Different for everyone I know.  Wishing you the best!

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    Hi Linds267,

    ​I have arthritis in my ankle, thumbs, back and neck and take 3 capsules of Rose Hip vital and 1 curcumin advanced per day and have for years. I do notice when I have forgotten to take them so I think they must be helping.

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      Hi Kate,

      Seems I spend most of my free time seeking natural pain relief meds for Osteoarthritis as I have degenerative disk disease in neck, wrist and back. Where can I find Rose hips with vital in the US? It seems it would help my inflammation. I also drink tart cherry juice and need more relief. Thank you.

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