Arthritis is an umbrella term to describe more than 100 different medical conditions that affect the joints in the body (where two or more bones meet). 1 in 6 Australian’s have arthritis and it is one of the nation’s leading causes of pain and disability.
How does Arthritis affect the feet?
Arthritis-related problems include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joints. This can result in joint weakness, instability and deformity. If joints of the feet are affected it can interfere with the most basic of daily tasks such as walking and driving a car.
Why is it important to see a Podiatrist if you have Arthritis?
Visiting a Podiatrist regularly and receiving good foot care can help you maintain an active, pain free lifestyle. Studies have shown that early intervention is effective in reducing not only pain, but also foot deformity, particularly in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
If you are suffering from Foot or Leg pain our experienced Podiatrists will complete a comprehensive assessment of your biomechanical issue and develop an effective treatment plan that works to resolve it.
Your Podiatrist will also provide information on how to exercise effectively and safely, in ways that can reduce the pain from arthritis and improve joint mobility and stability. They will also work along side your doctor to help manage your underlying condition and prevent further damage to your joints.
I don’t have any pain - do I still need to see a Podiatrist?
Even if you’re not currently experiencing any issues with your feet, we recommend an annual Foot Health Check to all of our clients. Similar to regular dental checks, this appointment is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
During this appointment your expert Podiatrists complete a comprehensive assessment, which includes checking the feeling and circulation in your feet. They then carefully examine the skin and nails for unknown ulcers or infections.
Your Podiatrist will watch you walk and use cutting-edge technology to identify high pressure areas in your feet which may result in future deformity and joint degeneration. They will recommend ways to disperse pressure evenly across the foot, including the best shoes for your foot type.
They also provide advice that helps you improve and maintain the health of your feet, including the best ways to check and care for your feet on a daily basis at home.