The best walk­ing run­ning shoes for os­teoarthri­tis of the knee

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

OS­TEOARTHRI­TIS is a de­gen­er­a­tive joint dis­ease and is the most com­mon chronic con­di­tion of the joints. Ac­cord­ing to the Arthri­tis Foun­da­tion, os­teoarthri­tis af­fects about 27 mil­lion Amer­i­cans. Os­teoarthri­tis (OA) is most com­mon in the knees, hips, lower back, neck, small joints of the fin­gers, and the bases of the thumb and big toe.

Car­ti­lage cov­ers the end of each bone. It pro­vides a smooth glid­ing sur­face for easy joint mo­tion and acts as a cush­ion be­tween the bones. In peo­ple with OA, the car­ti­lage breaks down, re­sult­ing in pain, swelling, and prob­lems mov­ing the joint. Though arthri­tis can oc­cur just about any­where there is a joint, ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Rheuma­tol­ogy, the life­time risk of de­vel­op­ing OA in the knee is about 46 per­cent. As a re­sult, the knee one of the most com­mon ar­eas af­fected.

There is no cure for OA, but there are things that can be done to re­duce pain and im­prove knee func­tion. Phys­i­cal ex­er­cise is use­ful in treat­ing OA. Ex­er­cise can help to im­prove mus­cle strength, de­crease joint pain and stiff­ness, and also lower the chance of dis­abil­ity due to OA. The type of ath­letic shoes that peo­ple with OA of the knee wear are very im­por­tant. As a re­sult, peo­ple should take care to find the right type of shoe to wear.

The right type of shoe is im­por­tant whether per­form­ing nor­mal daily ac­tiv­i­ties or walk­ing or run­ning to get in some ex­er­cise. Wear­ing the wrong type of shoe only makes ex­ist­ing prob­lems worse, and can cause dam­age and com­pli­ca­tion to the many joints in the feet. The kind of shoes that peo­ple wear im­pacts di­rectly on the load put on the knee joints. El­e­vated joint loads dur­ing walk­ing can cause OA to progress more rapidly.

If some­one has OA of the knee, the right shoe can help to re­duce or even elim­i­nate foot pain which plays a huge role in mo­bil­ity. Sta­bil­ity shoes are com­posed of a dense, cush­ioned mid­sole and a heel that is de­signed to help con­trol mo­tion and over­prona­tion. Over­prona­tion refers to the ten­dency of the foot to roll in­ward more than it needs to for weight distri­bu­tion and shock ab­sorp­tion.

Sta­bil­ity shoes help to take the weight off of the ball of the foot which is very im­por­tant for peo­ple with OA of the knee. For those whose feet roll un­evenly, sta­bil­ity shoes also pro­vide good cush­ion­ing and mo­tion con­trol. Neu­tral shoes do not cor­rect for un­even foot rolling but offer good shock ab­sorp­tion and cush­ion­ing. The neu­tral de­sign also makes it easy to add an in­sert or cus­tom-molded or­thotic, which are com­monly pre­scribed for peo­ple with arthri­tis.

Peo­ple who are not sure whether their feet roll nor­mally, a po­di­a­trist, or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon or a store spe­cial­iz­ing in ath­letic shoes can help. They can look at the dis­tinc­tive wear pat­terns of run­ning or walk­ing shoes and de­ter­mine if they were caused by ab­nor­mal prona­tion. Neu­tral sneak­ers are usu­ally bet­ter for walk­ers and run­ners with nor­mal prona­tion and no phys­i­cal prob­lems.

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