Feet can also suffer from forms of rheumatism that are typical of advanced age. This disorder is caused by a degenerative process that first affects cartilage and then modifies bone structures. The condition is aggravated by the thinning of the adipose tissues beneath the sole, which are no longer able to absorb the stresses of walking and support body weight. Even though this is a degenerative disorder, its effects can be mitigated by using footwear that allows the foot to move freely and to walk with a posture that is as natural as possible.
A mixture of phototherapy, ultrasound and magnetotherapy complemented by TENS, if desired.
Method of action
This form of therapy helps to build new tissue and ensure the proper alignment of the tissue fibres so that full strength and flexibility can be restored. In the case of a chronic illness, ultrasound can slow the development and help to manage symptoms.
Ultrasound therapy can:
- Provide an analgesic effect.
- Improve blood flow and restore normal cell activity to produce an anti-swelling effect.
Phototherapy — infrared
Since infrared therapy enhances and improves circulation in the skin and other parts of the body, it can bring oxygen and nutrients to injured tissues and promote healing. It helps to ease pain, relieve inflammation and protect against oxidative stress.
Magnetotherapy offers an anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling effect on top of its ability to reduce pain and improve blood circulation.
The electrical impulses reduce the pain signals going to the spinal cord and brain by temporarily ‘switching off’ the nerve endings of the affected area — thus, helping to relieve pain and relax the muscles. These impulses also stimulate the production of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.