Nothing could actually be further from the truth. Midfoot arthritis is a common and debilitating condition effecting 12% of the population over 50. Although this statistic doesn’t sound high, it’s astounding how often I hear this.
Arthritis is seen as a structural issue by many people, with nothing but surgery as the only viable treatment. However, with most patients also having decreased bone density, I can offer you a more conservative and efficient way to treat your pain.
Custom foot orthotics can help alleviated loading into the mid part of the foot. To understand this we need to look at how these arthritic joints are being overloaded. When a foot rolls in (pronates), it locks the big toe area which leads to compensation into the 2nd toe area (2nd ray or unit as I like to call it consisting of the metatarsal and cuniform). Our 1st ray is very mobile and the bones are a lot larger. However, the 2nd ray is smaller and very stiff and not designed to take this load. When this compensation occurs, the 2nd ray takes the beating causing excess loading. By stopping this rolling in sensation and thereby stopping the compensations can give immense relief. We can test this by strapping your foot and assessing how you feel before you commit to orthotics.
And women, you might be glad to hear that high heels do not contribute to midfoot arthritis, although high heels quite often lead to other issues. In fact high heels can even help midfoot arthritis! Remember feet that roll in can induce excess strain into the midpart of the foot. Well the rolling in action can actually be reduced by high heels (within reason of course). Flats actually can be the worst thing for midfoot arthritis. Here at the clinic we have a range of shoes that can help with your midfoot arthritis as well as fit orthotics.
So surgery is not your only treatment option when it comes to midfoot arthritis. Actually, there have been cases where the surgeon fuses the 2nd ray. This may reduce pain in the short term, however remember that the 2nd ray is already stiff, and by making it stiffer, it’s only just going to make the problem worse. So consider trying us first, before believe there’s nothing more than can be done for you. I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised how much relief we can offer you!