A Step in the Right Direction: Best Shoes for Arthritis

Arthrit is and your feet

Arthritis is a disease that affects the joints. There are over 100 different types of arthritis. The three main types are osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Each type develops differently, but they can all have a painful effect on the joints of your feet.

Normally, cartilage acts as a cushion between bones, helping them move more smoothly. As arthritis wears away the cartilage, bones rub painfully against one another.

Each foot has more than 30 joints. Arthritis that affects any of these joints can make it difficult — and painful — to walk. Most often, arthritis affects the ankle, middle of the foot, and big toe.

Treating arthritis in your feet

You have a few options for treating arthritis in your foot joints.

You can take pain relievers or get steroid shots to bring down swelling and reduce discomfort. Or you can see a physical therapist to learn exercises that keep your feet more mobile. Braces or a cane can help you walk more confidently and with greater stability.

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