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Home Health Education Foot & Ankle
Assistive Devices for Patients with Ankle Arthritis and Arthritis Pain Print E-mail

If you have ankle arthritis, you may find it is becoming increasingly difficult to walk. Fortunately, there are products or assistive devices designed to give support to the ankle, assisting you to walk more comfortably, and help ease your arthritis pain.

Your doctor or occupational therapist can speak with you about solutions for your particular situation. He or she may suggest that you use an elastic bandage wrapped around your ankle to provide support. Your physician may also suggest purchasing new shoes that provide the necessary support. In some cases, you may need a specially designed ankle brace.

Footwear

For ankle arthritis, proper footwear can be an essential assistive device in supporting your ankle. Look for shoes that have a low heel, cushioned sole, firm arch, and side support. You may also need to buy inserts for old shoes you already own. If regular store bought shoes do not help, you may need to purchase specially designed shoes or orthotics.

Walking

If you are experiencing severe arthritis pain from ankle arthritis, crutches may be needed to help you move around. It is important to have your crutches measured by a qualified professional. For a long-term solution, a cane may help. There are many different types of canes so you should look for one that gives you the best balance. The use of a walker may help you if you are too weak or need more stability than crutches or canes can provide. Frequently, these assistive devices have wheels on the front and rubber tipped legs in the back.

You can buy most of these assistive devices in department stores, medical supply stores, through specialized mail-order catalogs, or through medical assistance web sites.

Before you use any assistive device, please consult with your doctor or physical therapist to discuss the options available to you.

 

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