Often it is a case of doing things a little differently. Modern treatment of rheumatoid arthritis implies that the destruction of the joints caused by the disease in e.g. the feet is limited. Despite this, many people with rheumatoid arthritis or other types of arthritis end up with arthritic feet. Therefore it is very important that you as an arthritis sufferer take care of your feet. Many of the damages that develop are due to inappropriate footwear. By choosing the right footwear – supplemented by insoles if required – the damages can be limited. Physiotherapists cannot do anything about the arthritis as such, but by choosing the right treatment, we can help prevent the damages from getting worse.
Facts about arthritis
Arthritis and the right footwear
For an arthritic foot, it is important that the footwear has the necessary extra space over the forefoot, both in width and height. The toes suffer the most, if there is not enough room in the shoe. Remember, it is NEVER too late to set your feet free. This is important both for balance and walking.
Avoid high heeled shoes. High heels push the weight towards the forefoot, and this will easily overload the forefoot and the joints of the toes. These joints are already in a weakened state due to the arthritis.
Important for you arthritis sufferer
Follow these tips and do your feet a big favour
1. Find your own pace.
It is you, not your arthritis, who decide what you can and cannot do. Find the pace that suits you. Quit when you need to.
2. Be active
It is important that you are active. Activity strengthens the muscles and keeps the joints going. At the same time, activity brings you comfort, physically and mentally. Talk to your physiotherapist about the type of exercise that would be best for you.
3. Take breaks
Spread out tasks and activities during the day. Take breaks. You will get as much done as you can.
4. Know your arthritis and the treatment of it.
Get thorough information and knowledge about the cause and effect of the disease from your general practitioner. The symptoms of rheumatic disorders vary, and there are great individual differences.
5. Take your medication according to your doctors advice.
Arthritis medicine is used for relieving pain and bringing down the inflammation. Take advice from your general practitioner.
6. Describe any changes.
Tell your doctors and therapists about the changes you experience. They can adjust your treatment accordingly.
7. Eat healthily and keep your weight down.
Follow the general dietary recommendations and keep a healthy and varied diet. Go easy on sugar and fat. If your weight increases, the pressure and stress on your body and your feet increase at the risk of further pain.
8. Relieve the pressure on your joints.
Good working positions and lifting techniques are important in order not to overload your joints and feet. Get help from your physiotherapist.
9. Helping aids – made to make life easier.
There are many kinds of helping aids, both for work and home, which make it easier to handle your own personal hygiene, to dress and to cook. Seek advice from your physiotherapist.
What can SuperSole do for YOU?
SuperSole have developed an insole which is especially suited for the arthritic foot – “Care2 This sole is developed with a special kind of shock absorption. Apart from being very durable, it also has a memory, which means that it shapes itself precisely after the contours of your foot, thus providing added comfort and maximum relief.
What is SuperSole
– individually fitted training and insoles
Many injuries in back, hip, knee and ankles ensue from your feet. It is common knowledge that if the foundation of a house is distorted or full of cracks, you can be certain that the rest of the house will follow. It is the same with the body. The 26 bones of the foot is the foundation of the body. If there are distortions in the foundation, the body will compensate higher up. The SuperSole treatment concept has been developed with this in mind. In order to become a SuperSole therapist, a physiotherapist must complete a special course. This is to assure that you as a patient will receive the best possible care, and that your physiotherapist has received special training in order to be able to fit the insoles and examine your feet for incorrect positions. This is a mark of quality. As the SuperSole physiotherapists can be found all over the country, you will always be able to find treatment, almost wherever you are. We are so sure of our product that you can hand back your insoles if you are not satisfied with them and get your money back.
SuperSole in general
Your back, knees and feet are strained heavily from work in a standing/walking position. An individually fitted insole and a training programme from a physiotherapist may be the solution. Contact us, e.g. via your safety representative, and we will visit you to tell you more about the concept. The design of the footwear is no obstacle. The SuperSole insoles can be fitted in form and shape to fit any shoe.
You do not always end up with insoles.
The concept as such is not only built around the making and fitting of the insoles, but it also includes a precise examination of the anatomical conditions of your feet and legs and a course of action which is a mixture of physiotherapeutic treatment and exercises.
Therefore it is important to emphasize that you will have a greater chance of success with the concept, if you are active with your personal exercise programme. We do not just make a pair of insoles for the fun of it. So do not be surprised if it all ends up with quite another recommendation than insoles. The fundamental basis is that you will have what is best for you.
If you do end up with a pair of insoles, it is always possible to adjust and re-adjust them if there are changes in the status of your foot. Furthermore, the insoles are dynamic. This means that your joints and muscles can still move, but now with your foot in the right position.
During the course of your SuperSole treatment process, your feet and body will develop in a positive direction. Therefore we recommend that you have your insoles checked regularly in order for you to have the desired effect of the treatment at all times.
If you want to know more about the concept or the various insoles,please, contact us at Clinica PhysiospainWe can also help you tofind your nearest SuperSole physiotherapist.