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6 Great Hacks That Help With Rheumatoid Arthritis Foot Pain

Try these clever ways to repurpose household items and help treat foot pain and other RA symptoms at home.

By Meryl Davids Landau

Medically Reviewed by Alexa Meara, MD

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Want icy relief from RA foot pain? Repurpose items like OJ cans for cold therapy.
Want icy relief from RA foot pain? Repurpose items like OJ cans for cold therapy.
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Got aching feet? Pain, stiffness, or swelling in your ankles, toes, or the balls of your feet are common in people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In fact, the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society says 90 percent of people with rheumatoid arthritis complain of these persistent foot pain symptoms.

Choosing the right footwear, losing excess weight, and consulting with a podiatrist are among the tips experts advise for dealing with foot pain.

People with RA also suggest additional techniques they have found to help. Many involve "hacks," which are clever ways of using items differently from how they were originally intended.

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.

6. Tea or Ginger Wraps Wrapping painful feet in a damp washcloth is soothing for people with achy feet. Some people find that adding something to the water, especially strong chamomile tea or crushed ginger, provides extra pain relief. Although there’s no evidence to support this, there’s no danger, so it can’t hurt to try, Lieberman says.






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