Arthritis and Your Feet

Does arthritis cause foot pain?

Arthritis is a major cause of foot pain.  This is because each foot has 33 joints which can become affected by the disease.Foot  

How a podiatric physician can help… 

Conservative treatment (non-surgical treatment) of the arthritic foot includes proper footwear, orthotics, and/or forefoot supports.  Arthritic footwear should provide the following benefits:

  • High, wide toe box (high and wide space in the toe area)
  • Removable insoles for fitting flexibility and the option to insert orthotics if necessary.
  • Rocker Soles ­These soles are designed to facilitate walking and to reduce stress and pain at the ball-of-the-foot.

Arthritic footwear should also accommodate swelling of the foot.  Orthotics designed to provide comfort, support and extra cushioning are also recommended.  Orthotics made with a material called Plastazote are often recommended because they mold to your feet to provide customized comfort.  The proper footwear and orthotics will reduce pressure to provide a comfortable and healthy environment for the foot. Forefoot supports such as gel toe caps, gel toe shields, gel toe straighteners and others can often provide relief.