Arthritis of the Hip Joint
Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are the two main groups of arthritis, however there are many other forms of arthritis which affect joints of the body.
Osteoarthritis (OA) can be associated with trauma in a joint, meaning the joint has progressively been ‘breaking down’ following an injury or due to significant foot pronation (flat feet, pes planus) or foot supination (high arched feet, pes cavus).
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic inflammatory disorder which causes pain and inflammation of joints. The inflammation will produce changes within the joint over a period of time.
Osteoarthrits (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) affect numerous joints of the body, including the hip joint.
Foot posture, such as excess foot pronation (pes planus, flat feet) or foot supination (pes cavus, high arch), can result in an increase in the load applied to the hip joint, and this may result in an increase in the progressive forces which act on the hip joint.
Arthritis is a progressive condition although foot orthotics help to reduce the rate of this progression, reduce pain and increase activity level. Sometimes an Ankle Foot Orthosis is required to control the foot if the foot pronation or foot supination is too great to be accurately controlled with foot orthotics.