There are two major types of arthritis; osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a result of slowly decreasing amount of cartilage in joints and is more common in athletes or as people age.
The second type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis and if you or someone you know has this condition they should look into the services available at Ontario Foot and Orthotics. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. That means the body is mistaking healthy tissues for external threats and attacking itself, which can break down joints over time and eventually cause joints to start to change shape and become deformed. This often affects the feet and toes, causing painful rubbing of toes or even for toes to overlap one another. The stress of walking with rheumatoid arthritis can develop calluses, painful corns or infection of the feet but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Customized orthotics can be created to help alleviate the stress put on the joints of the feet. Toe spacers and props can help and custom shoes go a long way to make certain conditions more comfortable.
Another way Ontario Foot and Orthotics can help is by determining the cause of pain and recommending exercises that will help take pressure off specific points that are causing pain.
If you or someone you know could benefit from help with their arthritis, call us at 905-878-6479 in Milton or visit www.ontariofoot.ca for more info.