What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a chronic rheumatic condition which affects around 915,000 people in Ireland. In fact 34% of women and 23% of men are affected by arthritis in this country. It is not just elderly people who live with the condition. The average age of diagnosis is 35 and around 1100 children suffer from it.
The Symptoms of Foot and Lower Body Arthritis include painful swelling, inflammation plus stiffness in the legs and feet. The occurrence of any of these in the same joints on both sides of the body, especially on awakening, may be signs that you are suffering from foot and lower body arthritis.
The Causes of Foot and Lower Body Arthritis
Many different things can lead to arthritis. Some common causes include:
- Your weight; many overweight people suffer from arthritis.
- Previous injuries can lead to arthritis in the affected joint.
- Repetitive action that puts stress on a particular joint. Runners, walkers, dancers, and construction workers are examples of people at risk.
Treatment and Prevention at Foot Solutions®
The good news is that living well and early detection can help prevent or delay most arthritis symptoms. Often, losing a little weight and finding the right footwear can minimise the pain and greatly improve your quality of life.
Our trained professionals will be delighted to help you live comfortably and pain free. We take the time to analyse each customer’s situation, from the early stages of arthritis to extreme rheumatoid conditions, and recommend appropriate solutions to address them.
For example, we offer a range of products to neutralise the impact of arthritis on your life. These include:
- Custom Arch Supports
- Foot Care Accessories
- Custom Designed Insoles
- Extra depth footwear with soft, comfortable linings.
Your local Foot Solutions® store carries shoes with Stretchable Leather to relieve pressure on the affected area. We also help customers deal with weight load problems and other issues that are inherent to arthritic conditions. Indeed we work hand-in-hand with thousands of medical professionals to ensure the most effective treatment of arthritis and other painful foot conditions. We would be happy to talk with you and your doctor about appropriate treatments.