It’s National Arthritis Week, and that means that we as a nation are taking a closer look at the impact that this common yet painful condition can have on our movement, our mobility and our long-term health.
Here, we’ve put together a little more information on arthritis and what the condition entails. We’ve also explained how sufferers can minimise their symptoms simply by investing in high-performance OrthoSole insoles that are designed for daily wear.
A brief introduction to arthritis
There are lots of different types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are perhaps two of the most talked-about conditions, but there are in fact around 100 related diseases that all fall into the arthritis category.
Although we typically think of arthritis as a condition that develops in later life, you may be surprised to learn that it can in fact affect people of all ages – even children. There is evidence to suggest that having a close relative with arthritis (particularly rheumatoid arthritis) could increase your chances of developing the condition.
Arthritis often creeps up on us slowly. If you feel fatigued, have noticed pain and tenderness in your joints and are experiencing loss of motion, arthritis could be to blame.
It’s easy to mistake the onset of arthritis for an injury, or put your pain and stiffness down to hitting the gym too hard – but if you’re experiencing joint pain (and have been for a while), it’s worth booking an appointment with your doctor to explore the potential causes of your discomfort. It may or may not be arthritis, but if it is, the quicker you get an accurate diagnosis, the faster you can begin receiving treatment to alleviate your symptoms!
What can be done to combat the condition?
If you suffer from arthritis, you’ll likely find yourself looking for ways to manage your pain. There are plenty of treatments out there for sufferers who are in varying stages of the condition, but there’s one product in particular that can improve your symptoms almost immediately: a customisable insole from OrthoSole!
As well as tackling the signs and symptoms of general foot fatigue – for example, aches, cramps and swelling in the lower limbs – our customisable insoles can in fact help to reduce the stress on your joints during movement, therefore preventing your arthritic joints from being aggravated further. The patented PORON® material within our products that delivers unparalleled shock absorption with every step.
It’s not just your feet and ankles that will benefit, either. You can combat pain in your knees, hips or even your lower back simply by wearing our insoles on a day to day basis.
OrthoSole products are also designed to correct gait and structural abnormalities, such as supination and overpronation. Wearing them will immediately improve your weight distribution and promote better overall foot stability.
Best of all, all our insoles can be adjusted to deliver a specific level of support for your foot arch and metatarsal bones. Depending on the intensity of your pain (and the areas where it’s affecting you the most), you can change the cushioning pieces on the bottom of the insole around until you feel comfortable. If you’re going through a flare-up, you can opt for firmer support; if your symptoms have improved, you can adjust the pieces as you need to.
You can read more about the many benefits of OrthoSole insoles here.
Want to learn more about arthritis?
For facts, resources and more information on the causes and symptoms of arthritis, head over to the Arthritis Research UK website.