Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is the link between Rheumatoid Arthritis and bad feet?

Rheumatoid arthritis affects the synovial lining of joints throughout the body. In recent times, changes in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has seen a decrease in the severe symptoms regularly seen in years gone by. However, there are still many individuals in the community with problematic rheumatoid arthritis. In some cases the damage to the joints can cause dislocation, making movement of these joints very painful. When joint deformity occurs in the feet, the shape of the load bearing surface changes and high pressure areas are often the result. A thorough assessment of feet such as these, and the provision of a customised foot orthotic can often relieve the high pressure areas and associated corns or callus.

What treatment is available at Hills District Podiatry for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Improve the function and structural alignment of the foot during walking and standing Redistribute the forces in the foot to reduce pain Pad the sensitive areas of your foot where corns and calluses can become problematic and very painful Remove the callus and corns from your foot Help reduce pain from overused muscles Trim your toenails or thin them out to prevent pain or discomfort Give footwear advice to a find a shoe that fits and is comfortable for you Assist with padding and protection from fat pad movement or atrophy

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