There are many types of arthritis: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, reactive arthritis, etc. While they each have their own unique symptoms, all arthritis is defined by a breakdown of the cartilage around a joint and subsequent inflammation. You can get arthritis in any joint, and it makes using your affected joint very painful.
Midfoot arthritis is an umbrella term that describes any type of arthritis that affects the middle of your foot. The middle of your foot provides crucial support to the rest of your body while you stand and walk, so this type of arthritis can affect your ability to move around comfortably.
Below, we'll discuss some midfoot arthritis treatments that can help you manage your symptoms.
Midfoot arthritis treatments
These expert-approved treatments come directly from our physical therapists who treat arthritic patients every day:
- Wear custom orthotic insoles ” Custom orthotic insoles provide support for the middle of your foot so that it doesn't bend or buckle when you walk. This support can reduce swelling and allow your foot to heal with limited interruption. It can also lessen the pain that comes from walking with an arthritic foot.
- Take a break from running ” Running isn't going to help your midfoot arthritis, even if you wear arthritic insoles. Many physical therapists suggest walking, cycling or swimming, as these activities can stimulate blood circulation and reduce muscle stiffness without placing added pressure on your foot.
- Strengthen your calves and ankles ” Another great thing about walking, cycling, and swimming is that they'll help you strengthen your calves and ankles. This takes some stress off your midfoot joints. Some simple exercises can help you build strength in that area, too, including towel curl toe scrunches.
- Use an assistive device ” Severe cases of midfoot arthritis may require you to use a cane or walker. Many physical therapy clinics will fit you for one and adjust your device to provide optimal support.
- Alter your posture ” Poor posture while standing or walking can worsen arthritis. Physical therapists often work with patients to analyze and improve their posture and reduce pressure on the feet.
If you visit a doctor, they might recommend surgery or medication for your condition. However, it's our goal to offer alternatives to those avenues, which is why we didn't include them in our list of midfoot arthritis treatments above.
Alliance PTP is ready to help you find top-notch PT for midfoot arthritis
At Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, we're proudly bringing together physical therapy practices across the country to help people get the high-quality PT they need. Want to see a physical therapist in person? We can put you in touch with an Alliance PTP partner that's close to you and that can help you address midfoot arthritis.
Not keen on in-person PT sessions or not close to an Alliance PTP partner? No worries. We also offer effective and affordable virtual physical therapy through our Agile Virtual Physical Therapy platform.
Contact our team today so we can help you find the most effective physical therapy services for your injury or condition.