ARTHRITIS

Disease Characterized by inflammation of the cardilage and lining of the body joints. Arthritis targets people over the age of 50 years. Arthritis is a major cause of foot, knee, and hip pain. Each foot has 33 bones that can be affected by Arthritis.

Osteoarthritis
There are many different types of arthritis, most common type is  osteoarthritis (bone to bone). Osteoarthritis causes excessive strain and the wearing away of cartilage in the joints of the foot. Movement becomes very difficult and painful.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
It can develop at any age and it is an autoimmune condition. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most crippling form of the disease that can affect people of all ages. It can cause severe deformities on foot joints, ankles, etc.. It can cause bunions (severe), hammertoes, claw toes, charcot joints etc.

Treatment prevention

  • Conservative treament (Non-surgical) of the arthritis foot includes proper footwear, foot orthotics, and or forefoot supports, braces, arthritic footwear should provide the following benefits.
  • High wide toe box (High and wide space in the toe area)
  • Removable insoles for fitting flexibility and the option to insert foot orthotics if necessary
  • Rocker soles designed to facilitate ambulating (walking) and to reduce stress and pain at the ball of the foot.

Arthritic foot wear we carry in our clinics. Footwear should be accommodating to swelling of the foot. Orthotics designed to provide comfort, support and extra cushioning are also recommended. Orthotics made with a material called pink plastozote are often recommended because they mold to your feet to provide customized comfort. The proper footwear and orthotics will reduce pressure to provide a comfortable and healthy environment for the foot. Also custom made toe separators can be molded to your toes to relieve deformed toes.

If you have arthritis call us today or fill our appointment request form online today.