Arthritis and Podiatric Rheumatology

Arthritis encompasses many auto-immune conditions that affect the joints. The most common forms of arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Many people believe that there is nothing that can be done to help those with arthritis, but that isn’t the case.

At Merivale Podiatry, we specialise in Podiatric Rheumatology. Our podiatrists understand the effects of arthritis on the lower limbs and feet and can develop treatment plans to help you stay active and manage the progression of arthritis. We want to take the pain away from stiff ankles or a sore bunion so that you can continue to walk, dance or play sport and enjoy life.

What are the symptoms of arthritis in the lower limbs?

  • Joint pain and tenderness
  • Forefoot getting wider due to bunions
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Redness
  • Feeling as if you are walking on broken glass
  • Restrictions in movement
  • Creaking in the joints
  • Changes to the shape of the joints and feet over time

What happens in a consultation?

Your podiatrist will examine the available movement in your joints and assess your footwear to ensure it is giving you the support you need. They 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, devising strengthening and stretching programmes, and advising on best suited footwear. Our podiatrists will work with you to keep you in the footwear you prefer.

Arthritis can have a massive impact on a person’s life. Early diagnosis and management will help reduce this impact and prevent further damage. Our podiatrists understand arthritis and would love to help get you back on your feet.

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