Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that causes pain in the joints. Because each foot consists of 33 joints that can become inflamed, it may be helpful to find shoes that help to provide some relief from arthritic foot pain. Experts recommend wearing a shoe with a sturdy sole, as those with a softer sole may increase the pressure on the heel with each step. It is beneficial to look for a shoe that bends only near the toes and does not fold in half when squeezed. Further, avoiding shoes with narrow or pointed-toe boxes is thought to be the best choice. In addition, shoes with removable insoles are recommended, as this can make it easier to add custom insoles if needed. These inserts can support weakened joints, improve mobility, and reduce pain. High-heeled shoes or flats are not recommended for people with arthritis. Instead, finding shoes with a slight incline from toe to heel is thought to be better. For more information on selecting footwear for arthritic feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.
Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Leonard Talarico, DPM from Georgia. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Arthritic Foot Care
Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.
In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.
Alleviating Arthritic Pain
- Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
- Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
- Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.
It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Pooler, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.