Knee Arthritis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
People tend to pigeonhole osteoarthritis as a condition that comes with age, however, arthritis is not a condition that is limited by this factor. For many people, knee arthritis is an issue that developed because of genetics, gender (women are more prone to knee arthritis), excess weight, sport-related injuries, wear and tear, or infections.
Knee arthritis is a condition that directly affects the joints of the knee. This occurs when the cartilage that joins the shin and thigh bones begins to wear away. Since one of the main functions of cartilage is to absorb shock and promote mobility, losing some of its density can rid it of its shock-absorbing qualities. As a result, the shin and leg bones start rubbing against each other, causing great discomfort, inflammation, and stiffness to occur.
In order to treat knee arthritis, the people affected by this condition need to get diagnosed, as this will help them see the severity of their case and push them to take the proper precautions. Generally, someone suffering from knee arthritis can lessen their pain by beginning to exercise.
Since obesity is a leading factor to this condition, it is recommended to lose a significant amount of weight in order to release the knee of unnecessary pressure. In addition to this, exercising is a great way to strengthen the muscles around the knee, as it helps the legs properly maintain weight and become more flexible. Be sure to discuss each of these possibilities with your medical care provider.
Perhaps the most used means of treatment for knee arthritis pain is taking anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil, Tylenol, or Aleve. However, these pain killers only offer a temporary fix and tend to stop being as effective over a large period of time. For more information about how inflammatory drugs affect you, contact your doctor.
Besides surgery, the most effective way to combat knee arthritis is to use corrective orthotic braces. This is because it offers a solution instead of simply minimizing the pain. At Footstar Orthotics, we use technologies that adapt to our client’s unique anatomy and help support and unload their pain.
Footstar Orthotics has state of the art technologies that allow us to fabricate the most ideal orthotic solutions for our customers. Generally, people with knee arthritis can benefit from wearing braces, comfortable and supportive footwear, custom-made orthotics, and forefoot supports.
Knee Arthritis and Foot Imbalances
Knee arthritis is one of the most common forms of osteoarthritis. The people affected by this condition often have to seek medical help as it is an issue that can worsen with time and age. Contrary to what some people may believe, knee arthritis, like many other bodily issues, can be caused by having a poor foot structure.
When someone is repeatedly having foot pain they tend to have a general imbalance in their ankles, knees, hips, and spinal cord, and this can become problematic. This is because unhealthy feet can cause the body to seek structural support elsewhere, thus placing large amounts of weight where they do not generally belong.
When feet have issues such as bunions, high arches, fallen arches, plantar fasciitis, and other conditions, their balance can get thrown off, causing them additional harm in other parts of their body. However, if their knee arthritis did indeed commence in the knee joint, there are chances that their knees are looking for support elsewhere. This can also cause additional weight to be placed on the feet, which will typically cause similar issues.