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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that primarily affects the joints. Unlike osteoarthritis, which is caused by wear and tear, RA occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of the joints, leading to inflammation and joint damage. It commonly affects the hands, wrists, and feet but can also involve other joints and organs in the body.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  1. Joint pain and swelling
  2. Morning stiffness
  3. Fatigue and malaise
  4. Joint deformity
  5. Systemic symptoms

How Can Podiatrists Help?

At The Foot Room, our experienced podiatrists are skilled in managing rheumatoid arthritis and providing personalised care to improve joint function and alleviate symptoms. We offer comprehensive treatment options tailored to each patient’s needs.

Treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis may include:

  1. Routine Foot Care: Routine footcare is an essential treatment option for Rheumatoid Arthritis as it helps manage foot pain, prevent complications, and maintain overall foot health in individuals with the condition.
  2. Orthotic devices: Custom orthotics, such as shoe inserts or braces, can help support the affected joints, reduce pain, and improve mobility. See Biomechanical Treatment Pathway.
  3. Footwear recommendations: Our podiatrists can guide you in selecting appropriate footwear that provides comfort, cushioning, and support for your feet and joints.
  4. Physical therapy: Targeted exercises and stretching programmes can help maintain joint flexibility, strengthen muscles, and improve overall joint function.
  5. Joint protection strategies: Our podiatrists can teach you techniques to protect your joints during daily activities.
  6. Lifestyle modifications: Our team can recommend other specialists who can help with managing fatigue, promoting a healthy lifestyle and incorporating strategies to reduce stress on joints during daily activities, including activity modifications.

    Steve Watt, a skilled counsellor and therapist, is available at our Broughton clinic to support individuals navigate the mental health challenges that often accompany pain and lifestyle changes. With his expertise, Steve can provide guidance and assistance as you work through the emotional aspects of managing your condition. Whether you’re facing stress, anxiety, or other mental health concerns, Steve can help you develop effective coping strategies and achieve a positive mindset.

    We also work closely with Archana Patel – Health, Nutrition and Alcohol-reduction Coach, Joshua Reilly – a fitness, biomechanical and strengthening coach and various specialist physiotherapists and allied health professionals, who are all experts in helping you maintain an active lifestyle. You can find out more about our partners here.

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