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Treating ankle arthritis at home

You can often treat symptoms of ankle arthritis, like pain and swelling, at home.

Arthritis treatment includes OTC anti-inflammatory pain medication (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). These can be taken orally, but there are also NSAIDs that you apply directly to your skin.

Other home remedies for ankle arthritis include RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) to manage pain, stiffness, and swelling. While you rest, wrap your ankle with an ACE bandage, apply an ice pack, and keep your ankle elevated.

It may take 4-6 weeks to get relief.

Ask your doctor if it’s safe for you to take supplements that may help your arthritis symptoms. These include glucosamine/chondroitin, turmeric, and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).

Staying active is important when you have ankle arthritis because it can relieve symptoms and help you lose weight (if needed). Being overweight or obese can make arthritis worse.

See a healthcare provider for your ankle arthritis if at-home care doesn’t help your symptoms after about 4 weeks or if the pain and swelling are severe.

OTC treatments for ankle arthritis

  • Pain relievers: ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Topical pain relievers (to rub into the skin): diclofenac gel (Voltaren), CBD oil, arnica gel, Biofreeze
  • Supplements: glucosamine/chondroitin, turmeric, MSM

How to treat arthritis in the ankle naturally?

  • Rest.
  • Ice the ankle.
  • Elevate the ankle.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Wear a brace for support and stability, which may make it easier to walk and stay active.
  • Consider getting custom orthotics from a podiatrist. Orthotics can help correct your gait, which reduces pressure on the ankle.
  • Do low-impact exercise like walking or swimming to help keep joints from getting too stiff and to maintain your strength and conditioning.
  • Wear a supportive pair of shoes that has a stiff sole when you walk. Some people find shoes with a rocker bottom can reduce pressure on the ankle joint.
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