Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. It can occur at any age, and literally means “pain within a joint.” As a result, arthritis is a term used broadly to refer to a number of different conditions.
Arthritis is a disease characterized by the inflammation of the cartilage and lining of the body’s joints. Inflammation causes redness, warmth, pain and swelling. There are about 40 million Americans who suffer from arthritis. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, estimates that by the year 2020, about 60 million Americans will have arthritis. The primary targets for arthritis are people over the age of 50. Arthritis is a major cause of foot pain because each foot has 33 joints that can become affected by the disease.
Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are many treatment options available. It is important to seek help early so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. With treatment, people with arthritis are able to manage pain, stay acti
ve, and live fulfilling lives, often without surgery.
There are multiple types of arthritis that may affect your foot and ankle.
Comfort Shoes for Arthritis
We carry a wide variety of comfort shoes and sandals for those who suffer the foot pain associated with arthritis and arthritic foot conditions. As you know, when your feet are crippled by arthritis, not only does the foot pain inhibit walking, but will in turn throws off your total body mechanics. Comfort shoes are a widely embraced remedy. Many of the supportive shoes we carry will help decrease the amount of joint motion, which in turn reduces foot pain. Additionally we offer shoes with cushioned soles which further reduces the impact on the joints while ambulating. Whether you have arthritis in your feet, hips, back, or knees; supportive shoes and comfort shoe inserts for arthritis can help you walk more freely. Review our large selection of comfort shoe choices, featuring this small sample.
Comfort Shoes for dealing with arthritis are below:
|HOKA CLIFTON||New Balance 1540
|Sovella PF||Aetrex Jillian||
Arch Supports for Arthritis
We have an excellent variety of arch supports for arthritis, designed to reduce the foot pain associated with this condition; as well as for other foot pain issues such as pronation . The best arch support insoles for arthritis will have good shock absorption and limit joint motion. We carry over-the-counter arch supports and custom molded orthotics which helps reduce the pain associated with arthritis. Make an appointment today with a specialist to find out which arthritis arch support is best for you, and start by reviewing these sample choices.
||Aetrex Lynco L2205|
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative or “wear and tear” arthritis, is a common problem for many people after they reach middle age. Over the years, the smooth, gliding surface covering the ends of bones (cartilage) becomes worn and frayed. This results in inflammation, swelling, and pain in the joint.
Osteoarthritis progresses slowly and the pain and stiffness it causes worsens over time.
Another type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. It can develop at any age and there is no known cause for this condition. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most crippling form of the disease that can affect people of all ages. It can cause severe deformities of the joints with associated fatigue of the entire body.
Unlike osteoarthritis which follows a predictable pattern in certain joints, rheumatoid arthritis is a system-wide disease. It is an inflammatory disease where the patient’s own immune system attacks and destroys cartilage. People who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis often develop severe forefoot problems such as bunions, hammer toes, claw toes, and others.
Post-traumatic arthritis can develop after an injury to the foot or ankle. This type of arthritis is similar to osteoarthritis and may develop years after a fracture, severe sprain, or ligament injury.
Gout is another form of arthritis that also leads to foot complications. Excess uric acid crystals collect in and around the joints of the big toe. The big toe joint is commonly the focal point due to the stress and pressure it experiences during walking and other weight-bearing activities. This often leads to severe pain in the big toe. Men are more likely to develop gouty arthritis than women.
Arthritis common symptoms/complaints
Signs and symptoms of arthritis of the foot vary, depending on which joint is affected. Common symptoms include:
- Pain or tenderness
- Stiffness or reduced motion
- Difficulty walking due to any of the above
- Joint deformation
How is arthritis caused?
There are many causes of arthritis. Heredity plays a major role. However, arthritic symptoms can develop due to many other factors. Some of these include bacterial and viral infections, prescription and illegal drugs, traumatic injuries, and bowel disorders such as ileitis and colitis.
Forefoot problems such as hammer toes, claw toes, mallet toes, and bunions often develop as a result of arthritis, particularly Rheumatoid arthritis. Problems can also develop in the heel and ankle area due to the erosion of the involved joints.
Many factors increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis. Because the ability of cartilage to heal itself decreases as we age, older people are more likely to develop the disease. Other risk factors include obesity and family history of the disease.
The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not known. Although it is not an inherited disease, researchers believe that some people have genes that make them more susceptible. There is usually a “trigger,” such as an infection or environmental factor, which activates the genes. When the body is exposed to this trigger, the immune system begins to produce substances that attack the joint. This is what may lead to the development of rheumatoid arthritis.
Fractures – particularly those that damage the joint surface – and dislocations are the most common injuries that lead to this type of arthritis. An injured joint is about seven times more likely to become arthritic, even if the injury is properly treated. In fact, following injury, your body can secrete hormones that stimulate the death of your cartilage cells.
Uric acid is generated as we metabolize the food we eat and as the body’s tissues are broken down during normal cell turnover. Some people with gout generate too much uric acid (10% of those affected) and are medically referred to as “over-producers.” Other people with gout do not effectively eliminate their uric acid in the urine (90%) and are medically referred to as under-excretion. Genetics (our inherited genes), gender, and nutrition (alcoholism, obesity) play key roles in the development of gout. Gout is not contagious
How is arthritis treated?
Nonsurgical treatment options include:
- Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling
- Shoe inserts (orthotics), such as pads or arch supports
- Custom-made shoe, such as a stiff-soled shoe with a rocker bottom
- An ankle-foot orthosis (AFO)
- A brace or a cane
- Physical therapy and exercises
- Weight control or nutritional supplements
- Medications, such as a steroid medication injected into the joint
- Arthritic footwear should provide the following benefits:
- High, wide toe box (high and wide space in the toe area)
- Removable insoles for fitting flexibility and the option to insert orthotics if necessary.
- Rocker Soles designed to facilitate ambulating (walking) and to reduce stress and pain at the ball-of-the-foot.
Arthritic footwear should also accommodate swelling of the foot. Orthotics designed to provide comfort, support and extra cushioning are also recommended. The proper footwear and orthotics will reduce pressure to provide a comfortable and healthy environment for the foot.
Forefoot supports such as gel toe caps, gel toe shields, gel toe straighteners and others can often provide relief.
If the problem persists, consult your foot doctor.
Shoes for Arthritis
We carry a wide variety of shoes and sandals for arthritis. Many of the supportive shoes we carry will help decrease the amount of joint motion which in turn reduces pain. Additionally, we carry shoes with cushioned soles reduce the impact on the joints. Whether you have arthritis in your feet, hips, back or knees; supportive shoes and inserts for arthritis can help.
Arch Supports for Arthritis
We have a wide variety of arch supports for arthritis. The best arch supports for arthritis will have good shock absorption and limit joint motion. We have over the counter arch supports and custom molded orthotics which helps reduce the pain associated with arthritis. Make an appointment today with a specialist to find out which arthritis arch support is best for you!
Where to buy Arthritis Shoes and Arch Supports
At Lucky Feet Shoes, we carry a wide variety of arch support and shoes for arthritis online and in Southern California. We fit customers with arthritis shoes and arch supports in Orange County, Inland Empire, Riverside, Temecula and Los Angeles County. Our stores in Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, San Dimas, Anaheim Hills, Temecula, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Costa Mesa, and Long Beach. We invite you to stop by for a free foot analysis and try our shoes for arthritis. In addition, we have a large selection of comfort shoes, wide shoes, walking shoes, running shoes, arch supports, and custom orthotics!