Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that can cause stiffness and pain in any joint due to the gradual breakdown of cartilage.
OA can cause damage to bone tissue around joints and form bony growths. It can affect any of the 33 foot joints, including big toe, midfoot, hindfoot, and lesser toes with hammer toes.
Osteoarthritis is more prevalent in women and older individuals due to its wear and tear nature. Obesity can speed up the wear and tear of osteoarthritis in the foot. Flat feet (pes planus) or high arches (pes cavus) can cause osteoarthritis in the foot due to biomechanical issues.OA can be caused by joint injury or conditions like gout or rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis in the feet may vary depending on the affected joint and are likely to worsen with weight-bearing activities, but they may ease after periods of rest. Pain, stiffness, and swelling are usual indicators of OA. Walking may become difficult and joint motion may be limited.
An insole with added shock absorption and proper arch support can alleviate osteoarthritis symptoms in the feet by providing cushioning and improving weight distribution to relieve pressure points.
The insoles we recommend for osteoarthritis are
Would you like to know more about common foot pain problems before making a choice? You may find one of the following blog articles useful:
Achilles Tendonitis Click here to read our ‘Foot Pain – Achilles Tendonitis?’ blog to find out more.
Diabetic Neuropathy Click here to read our ‘Foot Pain – Diabetic Neuropathy?’ blog to find out more.
Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction Click here to read our ‘Foot Pain – Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction?’ blog to find out more.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Click here to read our ‘Foot Pain – Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?’ blog to find out more.