The most common arthropies seen in feet are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is a progressive disorder of the joints caused by a gradual loss of cartilage. This loss results in the development of bony spurs and cysts at the margins of the joints.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a condition causing inflammation in the joints of the body. Unlike osteoarthritis which is caused by wear and tear, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease caused by a faulty immune system. This fault causes the immune system to attack the tissues that line and cushion the joints, leaving them swollen, painful and stiff.
Symptoms commonly strike the toes first before affecting the back of the feet and ankles. Rheumatoid Arthritis may cause the joints to enlarge and even freeze in one position, preventing free movement.
Podiatric care can help to reduce the secondary problems caused by arthritis.
Treatments may include:
Podiatrists can make custom arch supports for your shoes to help you to walk in a manner that minimises the pressure on your affected joints.
Podiatrists can help you to source shoes that are roomy enough to accommodate your feet and orthotics.