Arthritis is a common disease that can affect the joints, skin and various internal organs of the body. Although, often thought to be a disease for the elderly, the majority of the 4.5 million Canadians currently living with arthritis are under 65 years old.
When arthritis affects the feet, a consultation with a Canadian Certified Pedorthist – C. Ped (C) – can be helpful. Canadian Certified Pedorthists help patients retain and enhance mobility through proper footcare, suitable footwear selections and/or custom-made foot orthotics, if appropriate.
Pedorthic Pointers for Patients
To alleviate the pain caused by arthritis, Canadian Certified Pedorthists recommend selecting footwear featuring:
- Rigid rocker soles (the curve at the toe area of a shoe) to decrease stress on the ball of the foot and provide a more efficient push-off
- Soft leather uppers or materials that will mold around deformities or sensitive areas
- Wide, deep, square toe-boxes with no seams over hammer toes or other sensitive areas to avoid pressure on painful joints
- Velcro closures or elastic laces to eliminate the need to lace up a shoe, if fine dexterity in the fingers is difficult
- Heels lower than 1″ or 2.5 cm or avoiding high heels