Arthritis Forces Movie Star to Cope with Injuries Frequently

August 21, 2014
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Crocked: Actress Jane Fonda, who suffers from osteoarthritis, wears a support on her right footJane Fonda, a prolific actress currently known for her role as Leona Lansing on the HBO show The Newsroom, has had to deal with osteoarthritis as she’s aged. The condition is particularly hard on her feet. “Arthritis hurts,” she said. “I’ve broken one foot four times and the other foot once and I’ve broken a lot of other bones too.” She currently has to wear a brace for an arthritis-related injury.

Fonda moonlights as a fitness trainer in addition to being a famous actress. She states that she has been able to keep the debilitating effects of arthritis partially at bay by getting plenty of exercise.

Arthritis is definitely painful, but it doesn’t have to limit you completely. If your arthritis is making it difficult to walk or stand, visit podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can perform a full assessment of your feet and do everything he can to ease your discomfort.

Caring for the Arthritic Foot

Humans will walk approximately 75,000 miles in the average lifetime. 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 the joints become inflamed and distorted if arthritis occurs, making medical foot care and treatment crucial.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing proper shoes. Certain conditions can develop as a result of poor footwear, such as hammertoe, neuromas, or bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot can be problematic. Buying shoes that contour to your feet with good arch support can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

-Specific exercises that stretch the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
-Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications with Capsaicin.
-Massages can help to alleviate pain temporarily.

It is best to visit your doctor for treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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