What is Osteoarthritis (OA)

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. It affects about one in 10 Canadian adults. Oa can affect all ages but it is most common in people over the age of 45.  There is currently no cure for OA. But, there are many options that can help reduce your risk, relieve pain and improve function.

Causes of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions your joints breaks down, causing bones to rub together. Oa commonly affects joints in the knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, ankles and hands. But since hip and knee joints carry a large portion of weight, they are more prone to osteoarthritis.

Risk factors for Osteoarthritis include:

  • Obesity
  • Muscle weakness
  • Poor joint alignment, such as bowed legs or flat feet
  • Injury/Overuse of the joint
  • Reduced bone density

Signs & Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis can often start out mild, with minor joint stiffness or discomfort that is helped with periods of rest. But it can progress to chronic, daily pain. As cartilage wears away, the following symptoms can develop:

  • Pain or tenderness
  • Morning stiffness
  • Swelling
  • knee “giving way” sensations.

 

Activities such as walking, climbing stairs, carrying heavy objects or playing sports may become challenging.  Many individuals reduce their symptoms and increase their activity levels with the use of orthotics and low profile knee braces.

Osteoarthritis Pain-Relief Options

Custom-made orthotics

Flat or high arched feet along with “knocked-kneed” or bowed legs can put pressure on the knee. Custom made orthotics can correct and reduce this pressure on your knees.

Bracing

Arthritic knee braces work to shift weight away from the painful areas where cartilage has worn away. They can also help with stability.

Footwear

BioPed offers footwear that can support knee movement and reduce pressure. They come in a wide variety of styles, from sandles to athletic footwear.

Why Choose BioPed When You Experience Osteoarthritis

BioPed Clinicians are specialized in casting, manufacturing, fitting, and modification of many types of custom-made orthotics. BioPed orthotics are made specifically for not just your condition, but your lifestyle and footwear needs as well. Our clinical staff are also specially trained in the fitting of knee braces.

Contact us today to request an appointment with a BioPed Specialist.