I was diagnosed w/arthritis in both joints of my big toes. I'm always in pain even when I sleep they throb and ache. I was given orthodics to wear, but they don't help...should I get a second opinion or is there something else I can do to ease the pain? I'm only 46 and don't want to be couch potato!
You should obtain an X-ray to determine the extent of the arthritis. I would suggest a second opinion. Cortisone injections can help alleviate pain. Anti-inflammatory medication also can be beneficial. Wearing supportive shoes with a stiff sole would be beneficial.
Lastly, surgery may help. Similar to an arthritic knee, the big toe joint can also undergo surgical correction: cleaning up the joint, joint replacement, etc.
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