Arthritis in Feet
People are often surprised when we talk about arthritis in feet, as though they should be a part of the body that escapes it. Considering the load that feet carry for years, it would be odd if they didn’t suffer from the effects of ageing. Feet are old at the age of thirty! I was told this when I was training, but none of us want to think of ourselves wearing out at such a young age. As with a lot of arthritis it is mostly genetic, but is there anything you can do to prevent it?
We can often predict who is likely to develop arthritis in feet from an early age. Orthotics are very useful in helping to slow the process down, if used early enough and before the process has gone too far. Getting the foot to function as close to normal will help to prevent arthritis. However, once joint movement is restricted or gone completely, nothing can change that.
When arthritis is present in the foot we can offer practical help and advice, particularly with footwear. Achieving better foot function and pain relief will also affect further up the body and improve the kinetic chain of movement. Not all foot arthritis is painful, and many people are able to carry on normal active lives with little or no discomfort. Being told you have an arthritic foot is a common part of ageing, but may require some changes with footwear and how to carry out certain activities.
Arthritis is not curable, but we do have advice and expertise that can make a difference. Please get in touch to find out more about arthritis in feet.