Arthritis is a term that refers to many different disease, some of which affect the foot and ankle. The defintion of arthritis as an inflammatory condition affecting joints is straightforward, however, there are numerous conditions that can cause arthritis.
The epidemiology of arthritis varies by the causative disease. These examples represent a fraction of the number of diseases that cause arthritis. 1) Synovial inflammatory disease (Rheumatoid arthritis), 2) Degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis), 3) Crystal deposition disease (Gout, Psuedogout), 4) Connective tissue disease (Lupus, Scleroderma), 5) Infection (Septic arthritis) and 6) Neuropathic disease (Charcot foot).
Corey's Bootery Certified Pedorthist Recommendations:
Properly fit shoes (insole width increase), padded tongue, steel shank or graphite plate, proper vamp depth, accomodative foot orthotics, total contact custom orthotics that reduce pressure points and Rocker soles. We also recommend a consultation with your podiatrist/orthopedist for a prescription. Please click here for a list of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek area providers.