What is Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle?
Arthritis is a broad term for a number of conditions that destroy the workings of a normal joint. Arthritis causes inflammation in and around joints and can occur at any age. It is not curable, but treatments allows patients to manage pain, stay active, and live fulfilling lives, often without surgery.
There are three types of arthritis that may affect your foot and ankle.
Osteoarthritis is a common condition that affects many people after they reach middle age. As patients age the smooth, gliding surface covering the ends of bones (cartilage) becomes worn and frayed causing swelling, inflammation and pain in the joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease where the persons own immune system attacks and destroys cartilage.
Post-traumatic arthritis is caused by the wearing out of a joint that has had some kind of physical injury. This type of arthritis is similar to osteoarthritis as it may develop years after a fracture, severe sprain, or ligament injury.
Functional Foot Orthotics
Functional foot orthoses are used to correct abnormal foot function. Functional foot orthoses are useful in the treatment of a very wide range of painful conditions of the foot and lower extremities such as big toe joint and lesser toe joint pain, ankle pain, heel pain, arch and instep pain. Orthotics can prevent the development of disability and additional deformity of the feet which may result in dramatic improvement in foot symptoms.
Accommodative foot orthotics
Accommodative foot orthoses are used to relieve pressure, cushion or pad a painful or injured area on the bottom of the foot. Accommodative orthoses are useful in the treatment of painful callouses, corns, bony prominence and sore bones due to pathology.
Shoes can play a major part in the management of arthritis.
- At Perform Podiatry we have the ability to modify your footwear to accommodate most fit problems. We can work with you to provide comfort and accommodation of your foot deformity.