Arthritis advice in Milton Keynes, and Luton

Arthritis
Arthritis stands for several diseases of the joints, making them stiff, and inflamed, and painful. It is the biggest cause of disability in the United Kingdom, and affects about 1 in 20 under 40 year olds and about 1 in 3 over 60 year olds. There are many types of arthritis; common types include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout.

Arthritis is caused by:
• Age related changes
• Joint instability
• Metabolic (gout), autoimmune (rheumatoid) and age related (osteo)
• Stress
• Genetic predisposition
• Changes due to age

Helpful Advice
• Keep your weight under control and eat a normal, balanced diet. There is no real evidence to suggest that a specialist diet will help your arthritis.
• If you suffer from a foot deformity, it would be a good idea to visit a chiropodist/podiatrist for advice and treatment.
• Visit your GP for an assessment if your joints are regularly painful and tender.
• See a Chiropodist/Podiatrist for further assessment if you have had diagnosis of arthritis and have painful feet.
 

Recommendations
• Choose flat, supportive, and roomy footwear. If your joints are at all deformed, you can reduce pressure using a soft upper. Choose shoes that provide support.
• Support for joints that are weakened is helpful and can be provided by a heel back that is firm. Lace-up styles and low heels are a good idea, and will give the best support. If you have arthritis in your hands, you will find touch-fastening styles easiest.
• Insoles can help reduce underfoot pain and will help look after joints that are swollen
• .CarverCare and Mobility are the leading suppliers of mobility equipment and aids for daily living in a wide area around Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, and Luton Bedfordshire.  Please get in touch and we will be happy to help and advise.


For Further Information on Arthritis
http://www.arc.org.uk
http://www.arthritiscare.org.uk
 

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