Osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints, caused by breakdown of cartilage causing pain and stiffness in the joint. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis. Osteoarthritis usually affects people over 45years of age; although the symptoms may present at any age. Symptoms may include but are not limited to stiffness, joint pain & muscle weakness
What Can Be Done for Osteoarthritis of the Feet and Knees?
- Unfortunately there is no cure for osteoarthritis; however the symptoms can be managed quite well with:
- Exercise & Weight loss can help keep the joint mobile and slow down destruction as well as reduce pain
- Medication to help with the pain and inflammation, your GP can help you with this. Taking vitamins such as Fish Oil, Glucosamine & Chondroitin.
- Orthotics can help to improve your alignment and help to stabilise the joint. They can also cushion the joint and reduce jarring. Orthotics can reduce pain in the feet and knees from osteoarthritis by up to 40-60%
- Surgery – may involve replacing damaged joints where possible in severe cases
If you think you may be experiencing foot and knee problems from osteoarthritis, speak to your podiatrist today about what can be done to help.