Arthritic Foot
Arthritic Foot
Description
Two types of arthritis can affect the foot - rheumatoid arthritis which is an auto-immune disorder, and osteo-arthritis which is a wear-and-tear/overuse condition. Both involve a degeneration of, or damage to, the cartilage within the joint which leads to roughening of the joint surfaces. Over time, the damaged surfaces no longer glide smoothly past each other when the joint bends.
Symptoms
  • Because arthritis can affect many different joints in the foot, the location of the symptom(s) can vary widely.
  • However, the most common symptoms are pain, inflammation and reduced range of motion in the affected joint(s) that worsen with increased or prolonged standing and walking.
Pedorthic Management
  • Custom orthotics or over-the-counter insoles to maintain proper alignment of the bones in the feet, improve faulty mechanics and provide cushioning.
  • Properly sized, supportive footwear that are torsionally stable (can’t be folded or twisted easily) and that feature a good “rocker profile” (curved from the ball to tips of the toes), worn both in and out-of-doors.
  • Orthopaedic modifications to footwear to increase support, decrease pressure and promote healthy gait.
Other Treatments
  • Physical therapy modalities include rest, icing and analgesic creams.
  • Please consult a qualified health care professional for information on nutritional supplements and other treatment options.