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What is Mid-Foot Arthrosis, and How Can an AFO Help?

Mid-foot arthrosis is characterized by the sclerosis of the mid-foot joints and missing articular cartilage. It causes one or several joints to reduce, and it can either be severe or moderate depending on the affected part of your mid-foot. This article explains Midfoot arthrosis and how you can treat it with an AFO.

What’s Mid-Foot Arthrosis?

Often referred to as osteoarthritis, arthrosis is arthritis that happens when the cartilage, a supple tissue at the ends of bones, wears down. Without this tissue, your bones will grind against each other, causing pain when you move and limited mobility. Mid-foot arthrosis is the most common type of osteoarthritis in the United States. Studies have revealed that about 32.5 percent of American adults suffer from osteoarthritis, and a big percentage of these cases is mid-foot arthrosis.

Mid-foot arthrosis occurs when the cartilage between your mid-foot bones wears out, causing friction between the bones. Many risk factors contribute to mid-foot arthrosis. The cartilage between your mid-foot bones can wear out when you reach a certain age, causing limited mobility and pain in your mid-foot.

Excess body weight can also accelerate the wear and tear of the cartilages in your foot. If your daily job puts continuous stress on the joints in your mid-feet, the connective tissue will wear out over time. Other possible causes of mid-foot arthrosis include diseases that cause inflammation, vitamin K deficiency, and low estrogen in women.

How an AFO Treats Mid-Foot Arthrosis

The regular movement of your mid-foot exacerbates pain caused by mid-foot arthrosis. Therefore, an AFO will limit movement in the affected area, reducing pain. According to the latest studies, the use of AFOs to treat mid-foot arthrosis is quite effective when you use them. An AFO is an assistive device that covers the foot and ankle to hold your foot in place for faster healing. This device aims to achieve the highest functional level with your affected foot without exacerbating inflammation.

The device's comfort is also very important in treating this type of arthritis. AFOs have stiff soles and rocker bottoms that minimize pressure on your feet and reduce pain. They’ll also tilt your deformed foot to straighten it and reduce pain in your mid-foot joints.