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Arthritis

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What is Arthritis

Arthritis is a general term used for inflamation in a joint. many people with arthritis experience pain and difficulty moving around. There are more than 200 different types of arthritis and in the UK, arthritis affects 10 million people. Arthritis can affect people at any age, not just older people. However, you are more likely todevelop arthritis as you get older. Common forms of arthritis include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and these frequently affect the joints of the feet.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and is caused by trauma and stress to the cartilage in the joints. Stiff and painful joints are the main symptoms. It is more common in older age. It can be as a result of general wear and tear or an injury. Osteoarthritis is very common in foot joints.

Something can always be done

If you have already been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, treatment may involve non-steroidal anti-inflamatory drugs, footware insoles, or other help. But living with the pain is not inevitable Something can always be done to help control the disease and help your quality of life. Talk to your podiatrist, GP or consultant about what can be done.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the more severe types of arthritis although is much less common. It affects around two percent of the population and is twice as prevalent in womwn than men. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body's immune system turns on itself, causing inflamation in the joint lining.

More help than ever

If you are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, regular checks are important, at least annually for feet, according to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).

As medical treatment advances, more help than ever is available to aid ongoing foot problems. There is now good evidence for the use of insoles and footware helping people with rheumatoid arthritis, particularly in the erly years, soon after diagnosis. Your podiatrist can help by aligning your joints to ease the pain and prescribing insoles and footware to limit joint damage. If the arthritis is severe, surgery may help.

Copyed with kind permission from The society of Chiropodists and podiatrists SCp 44 52
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