Arthritis encompasses a large number of auto-immune conditions that affect joints.
You’ve probably heard of the common ones: Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Lower limb and feet symptoms include joint pain and tenderness, swelling and inflammation, redness, creaking in your joints, restrictions to movement and feeling as if you’re walking on broken glass. Arthritis can even change the shape of your joints and feet over time.
But what you might not know is just how much a podiatrist specialising in podiatric rheumatology can help.
Meet Georgina – Consultant in Podiatric Rheumatology
Associate Member of the New Zealand Rheumatology Association
My journey into the world of Podiatric Rheumatology began in the second year of my Bachelor of Health Sciences Podiatry degree when I was lucky enough to be taught about the impact of rheumatological conditions on people’s feet by the legendary Dr Keith Rome.
My growing interest in, and developing passion for, this area of podiatry led me to gain the Arthritis New Zealand Summer Research Scholarship in the 2013/2014 Summer. My research focused on the impact of footwear access on people with rheumatological conditions throughout New Zealand. I presented my findings at the 2015 APodA Annual Conference on the Gold Coast of Australia—a wonderful experience for a new graduate!
Since then, I have worked with Arthritis New Zealand to provide free foot health talks to local interest groups. I’ve also worked with Canterbury Rheumatologists, helping provide patients with individually-tailored foot health plans. I enjoy constantly learning and using this knowledge to help people who have a rheumatological condition but don’t want to be defined by it. There’s nothing quite like helping to make someone’s life pain-free.
My approach to Podiatric Rheumatology is to create a specialised solution for each patient—every person’s feet and lower limbs are different, so my approach should be too.
Did you know that you can have your appointment with Georgina from the comfort of your home? With our M-E-Health appointments, Georgina can help you online.
If you have any questions, please call us on 03 355 9481.
What happens in a consultation?
Georgina will examine the condition of your feet, the available movement in your joints and assess your footwear to ensure it is giving you the support you need. She will work with you to create a plan to offload the painful joints and remove the stress on your feet so you can continue doing the activities you love.
Part of that plan may be creating custom orthotics or in-shoe devices, devising strengthening and stretching programmes, and advising on best suited footwear. She will work with you to keep you in the footwear you prefer.