Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are the two main groups of arthritis, however there are many other forms of arthritis which affect joints of the body.
Osteoarthritis (OA) can be associated with trauma in a joint, meaning the joint has progressively been ‘breaking down’ following an injury or due to significant foot pronation (flat feet, pes planus) or foot supination (high arched feet, pes cavus).
Osteoarthrits (OA) affects numerous joints of the body and most commonly the knee, ankle/foot and big toe joint.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic inflammatory disorder which causes pain and inflammation of joints. The inflammation will produce changes within the joint over a period of time.
Arthritis is a progressive condition although foot orthotics help to reduce the rate of this progression, reduce pain and increase activity level. Sometime an Ankle Foot Orthosis is required to control the foot if the foot pronation or foot supination is too great to be accurately controlled with foot orthotics.
Mhairi Friel of The Foot and Leg Clinic is trained in a specific foot mobilisation technique which has been shown to improve the position of foot bones, significantly reducing symptoms associated with joint stiffness.