Baby boomers aren’t ready to slow down, even if their bodies are. If you’re a member of the “Me Generation,” seek care if you develop joint pain in your toes, feet or ankles.
While there is no fountain of youth for a degenerative condition like arthritis, there are more medical options available than ever before. The earlier your arthritis is diagnosed, the more options are available for treatment.
The big toe joint is one of the most common parts of the foot to develop osteoarthritis. For Boomers with early stage arthritis in this joint, modern surgical procedures may provide more pain relief and increased joint movement, allowing continued activity.
Boomers with advanced and severe arthritis may need to have the joint fused or replaced. Stronger screws and hardware are helping fusions last longer, while slashing recovery times. A new generation of big toe joint replacements also shows promise.
Custom orthotics can help stabilize the foot and minimize discomfort from arthritis.