Arthritis and Joint Pain? Orthotics Can Help!

Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

af-logo-2015The Arthritis Foundation says if your feet hurt, slip in some relief with shoe inserts. Custom-made orthotics may help stamp out foot pain.

Article author, Emily Delzell writes, “When your feet hurt, it’s hard to think about anything else, and everyday activities that involve standing or walking for more than a few minutes can become too daunting to attempt. Making good shoe choices can prevent problems, but for many of those who are already suffering, orthotics – shoe inserts designed to ease foot pain and correct structural issues – may provide much-needed relief. [Talk to your Chiropodist and about the right shoe choices for your feet – and how custom-made orthotics will benefit you.]

Foot pain is common. One in four adults have some problem with their feet, and among people with certain types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, hip, ankle or foot, it’s even more prevalent.

Foot discomfort and structural problems such as the hammertoes and bunions caused by the inflammation of RA and lupus also can spread beyond the feet, leading to shin pain, knee pain and lower back pain.

Orthotics redistribute weight and relieve pressure on sensitive areas of the feet, provide cushioning that reduces stress, or biomechanical load, on the lower body, and correct gait and structural abnormalities, says Marian Hannan, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-director of Musculoskeletal Research at the Harvard-affiliated Institute for Aging in Boston.”

At the Werkman Foot & Orthotic Clinic we support the information provided by the Arthritis Foundation. Read the entire article here. Then contact us today to learn more about custom-made orthotics to reduce pain and discomfort.

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