Proper footwear are powerful words in the world of foot health. In particular, devices such as orthotics can help to treat arthritis by adjusting muscle stimulation to lessen the joint burden. Moreover, correctly fitting footwear can also help in this regard since shoes that are narrow and tight may cause damage to the foot’s joints. This is why high heels are terrible for arthritis as they place enormous amounts of pressure on the foot’s arch, which can cause damage to neighboring joints. Symptoms of this condition include pain in the foot when moving or during high-intensity activities, sensitivity to the joint, inflammation of the joint at the start of the day or after resting it.
Proper footwear and treatment include:
- Shoes that have low to no heels, are wide and allow toes to have ample space through large toe boxes and toe rockers.
- Lose excess weight to decrease the amount of load placed on the foot’s joints.
- Utilize shoes with ample cushioning, with dense midsoles and which help to provide support to the midfoot area.
- Refrain from wearing sandals as they can offer little to no padding, which can exacerbate arthritis.
- Cortisone injections into the foot’s joints to reduce swelling.
- Physical therapy to increase the amount of flexibility in the foot’s joints.
- As mentioned above, orthotics can be immensely helpful. They can help to redistribute pressure away from problem areas of the foot. These can be custom-fitted to ensure maximum effectiveness and to help balance points of weakness specific to your foot’s shape.
Proper foot care is imperative for a number of reasons, one of which is the prevention of arthritis since it can have a large toll on the health of the foot. At Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM located in Chicago, Illinois, our foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, will do everything in his power to provide your feet with a treatment plan that can help to prevent the onset of arthritis. So, make an appointment by calling our office at (773) 561-8100 and look over our Patient Education Library!