Osteoarthritis and the Feet | Studio Podiatry | Podiatrist & Orthotics | Camp Hill, Brisbane 4152

What is it?

Osteoarthritis is often thought of as a wear and tear disease of the joints. With osteoarthritis, the smooth, cushioning material called cartilage that protects the two bones of a joint are compromised by becoming frayed and rough. As this protective space between the bones thins, painful bone on bone rubbing occurs. 

What are the symptoms? 

Osteoarthritis usually develops slowly, causing pain and stiffness that worsens over time. 

Symptoms that may occur include:

  • Pain with movement 
  • Pain that increases with physical activity
  • Tenderness when touching affected joints
  • Joint swelling, warmth and redness 
  • Increased pain and swelling in the morning and/ or after sitting
  • Difficulty walking 

Why did I get it? 

Some factors that may increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis include: 

  • Age and gender
  • Previous injury to a joint or overuse caused by sports/ manual labour
  • Obesity
  • Poor foot/ joint alignment and/ or biomechanics 
  • Family history 

How is it diagnosed? 

Osteoarthritis can be diagnosed through taking a comprehensive medical history assessing your overall health. Your podiatrist will also thoroughly examine your lower limb and affected joints. 

Our podiatrists will analyse your gait as well as assess your shoes for uneven wear patterns to ensure they are providing appropriate support. For confirmation your podiatrist may also refer you for an x-ray. 

How can I treat it? 

Our aim as podiatrists when treating osteoarthritis is to reduce the pathological forces that overtime cause joint degeneration. It is also imperative to relieve pain as well as slow the progression of the disease. 

Some treatment options that our podiatrists may use include: 

  • Minisimg/ adjusting certain activities that aggravate the condition e.g. switching to lower impact activities such as swimming or cycling to lessen the stress on your affected structures 
  • Footwear education/ modifications 
  • Dry needling 
  • Orthotic therapy to help minimise pressure on the affected joints and decrease pains 
  • Increasing your range of motion/ flexibility as well as strengthening the muscles in your leg and foot- our podiatrists can develop an exercise program that is tailored to you and your needs in order to suit your goals 

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