Painful Foot Osteoarthritis affects 1 in 6 people over 50 according to a recent study
A recent study was conducted on more than 5000 people with painful foot osteoarthritis, a condition that affects more than 1 in 6 people over 50, more than previously thought. The article has been published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD), an international peer review journal for health professionals and researchers in the rheumatic diseases which includes musculoskeletal conditions, arthritic disease, and connective tissue disorders.
Experts at Keele University’s Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre found that foot osteoarthritis affects more women than men, while those who have spent a lot of time in manual work were more likely to develop it. Three-quarters of people with the condition reported having difficulty with simple day-to-day activities such as walking, standing, housework and shopping. This research had focused on ‘midfoot’ joints, which previous studies have neglected to do. According to the study, the problem is more widespread than we realise and that the condition is not just an inevitable part of ageing.
According to Arthritis Research UK, seven per cent of people aged 45 and over have sought treatment for osteoarthritis in the foot or ankle, including nine per cent of those aged 75 and over.
View press release: https://footlabplus.com.au/uploads/139054465020140109_12.13_Arthritis_Research_UK_Painfool_Foot_Osteoarthritis.pdf
View details of the study: http://ard.bmj.com/content/early/2013/11/19/annrheumdis-2013-203804.full
At Eastern Foot Care, we believe it’s important to look after your feet if you’re going to continue being active as you age. There are a number of ways to do this:
– See our podiatrist if you experience any discomfort or pain when you walk. If you have braces or orthotics, they should be checked regularly to make sure they are still fitting properly.
– It is important to wear proper fitting shoes that are comfortable and supportive for your feet. If you suffer arthritis, you may need arch support. Wear sensible shoes. At Eastern Foot Care, part of what we do is to recommend you the right footwear.
– There are exercises that can help to stretch your Achilles tendon (the cord at the back of your heel) as well as the tendons in the balls of your feet and toes. Stretching exercises will improve joint mobility.
– Regular foot massage will also help. Knead the balls of your feet as well as your toes, starting at the top and working your way down to the base.
– Orthotic devices such as canes, braces and shoe inserts can help correct misalignments and distribute your weight more evenly over the bottom of your feet.