Osteoarthritis â Hip
What is it?
Osteoarthritis is often referred to as a âwear and tearâ disease. It causes the smooth articular cartilage to become rougher and thinner. The underlying bone responds by thickening and growing outwards. The joint capsule also becomes thicker and inflamed.
Osteoarthritis affects 8.5 million people in the UK. It develops over time, causing joints to become stiff, painful and sometimes swollen. There may be pain in the groin, side and front of the thigh or buttock or even in the knee. If severe there may also be a leg length discrepancy.
Though the degenerative changes cannot be reversed, there are Orthoses which can help reduce the severity of the symptoms. These include:
â¢ Shock absorbing insoles