Feet Hurt? Slip in Some Relief With Shoe Inserts(二）
When your feet hurt, it’s hard to think about anything else, and everyday activities that involve standing or walking for more than a few minutes can become too daunting to attempt. Making good shoe choices can prevent problems, but for many of those who are already suffering, orthotics – shoe inserts designed to ease foot pain and correct structural issues – may provide much-needed relief.
Foot pain is common. Among people with certain types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, hip, ankle or foot, it’s even more prevalent.
Orthotic insoles can be beneficial in relieving osteoarthritic pain in the knee, foot, ankles and hip. They help absorb shock and reduce stress to the cartilage.
For a patient with osteoarthritis of the knee, there are visco-elastic insoles which can absorb some of the shock waves transmitted to the defective joint and reduce overall stress exerted on this joint. Indeed, in the presence of knee osteoarthritis, your doctor will look for a posture defect (static) of your foot. Hence, these insoles may be effective when osteoarthritis affects the inside of the knee. They help relieve some of the stresses exerted during walking by changing the axis of the leg.
These visco-elastic insoles can also be recommended for osteoarthritis of the hip for people who are still very active.