When your feet hurt, it can be hard to think about anything else. For people with arthritis, foot pain can be incredibly common and is often debilitating. If your arthritis is causing pain in your feet, ankles, knees or low back, footwear and orthotics may be a good option for relief.
Custom Foot Orthoses
Custom foot orthoses are appropriate for a variety of conditions, and arthritis is no exception. With support found in the current medical literature, custom foot orthoses can be greatly beneficial to those experiencing arthritis-related foot pain. By evenly distributing pressure and cushioning the entire bottom surface of the foot, custom foot orthoses are extremely effective at reducing painful areas of high pressure. Similarly, custom foot orthoses can be used to reduce or control motions of the foot that may be contributing to your discomfort.
What About Off-The-Shelf (OTS) Orthotics?
Off-the-shelf orthotic (OTS) devices may be appropriate in the early stages of arthritis, whereas in more advanced cases, custom made orthotics may provide the most comfort and relief of symptoms.
What Is The Ideal Footwear for Arthritis?
Appropriate footwear selection is important for day-to-day comfort and will depend on your specific mechanics. Generally speaking, footwear with ample, stable cushion and support work well while managing arthritis symptoms. Appropriate footwear is also an essential component to your overall Pedorthic treatment plan. No matter which shoe you select, proper fit is vital. Length, width, depth, and heel height are important elements to consider when selecting any shoe.
Get A Custom Assessment from a Certified Pedorthist
Pedorthists are rigorously trained in the assessment and treatment of various types of arthritis. Through footwear prescription and modification, custom or off-the-shelf foot orthoses, basic range of motion exercises and stretches, lifestyle modifications, and various other modalities, your Pedorthist can help with concerns relating to the foot and lower extremity.
For more information regarding custom orthotics and arthritis, contact our team of Pedorthists to book a comprehensive foot and lower limb assessment today!