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According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the following strategies may help ease joint pain, depending on the extent of your condition.

Lifestyle Changes

Maintain a healthy weight, avoid high impact activities and work to build strength and flexibility.

Apparatus

Wear supportive footwear or flexible braces.

Hot and Cold

Apply heat, ice or hot/cold salves to reduce discomfort.

Over the Counter

Try anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen. The nutritional supplements glucosamine and chondroitin may also relieve pain, through their long term benefits have not yet been proven.

Prescribed Treatments

Explore the use of corticosteroid shots or other arthritis medications.

Surgical Treatment

Consider arthroscopic surgery, which cleans out joint debris or repairs tears; an osteotomy, which cuts away part of the bone to improve joint alignment, or cartilage grafting.

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