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Arthritis and its Impact 

September is Arthritis Awareness Month, and so in the name of that, we thought we would help to bring some awareness to arthritic conditions that affect the foot. According to the Arthritis Society of Canada, 4.6 million Canadians live with arthritis, 33 billion healthcare dollars are dedicated to arthritis treatment, and arthritis is a leading cause of disability in the Canadian populations.  And when you think about the role of the foot, the impact of this condition on mobility can be devastating.  

When most of us think of arthritis, we usually think of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. However, the term “arthritis” is actually an umbrella term which covers many, many diseases.  Some of these conditions, in no particular order, include: gout, ankylosing spondilitis, Reiter’s disease, lupus, infectious arthritis, scleroderma, stills disease, fibromyalgia, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and Paget’s disease.  This list is not even exhaustive!   So how do we as chiropodists manage such diverse conditions?

Treating the Arthritic Foot

  Because many of the arthritic diseases are progressive with no cure, much of the treatment is therapeutic and involves pain management modalities. Some of these modalities include: padding and strapping, taping, prefabricated insoles, cushioning footwear, orthotics which can accommodate arthritis-related deformities, interdigital wedges, laser therapy or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.  Some specific forms of arthritis can be managed and prevented with certain medications and lifestyle changes. For example, gout, a form of arthritis caused by deposition of proteins in the joint space, is managed with drugs, diet modification, and hydration.

With so many options out there, it is always best to seek professional advice rather than MacGyvering your own  cushioning modalities!If you have arthritic related pain in your feet, give us a call at 519-624-412. We can help to determine what form of treatment may be best for you.

 

 

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