Arthritis means inflammation of joints. There are different types of arthritis and these can broadly be divided into two categories:
In the case of osteoarthritis, a key aspect of treatment involves finding the biomechanical imbalance that has led to excessive wear on a joint. This is one of the key functions of the biomechanical assessment with gait analysis ? to allow for the recognition of dynamic factors which may be contributing to arthritis. Only when the cause is fully and properly established can an effective treatment plan be initiated.
This question relates to the S-factor campaign, a new initiative to make people more aware of arthritis. If you can answer yes to the three key questions, then you are more likely to have inflammatory arthritis, rather than osteoarthritis. The three questions are:
If the answer to these three questions is yes, then you are likely to be suffering from inflammatory arthritis rather than osteoarthritis. However, there are other conditions which can mimic arthritis type symptoms, so always seek a medical opinion.
Studies have shown that up to 80% of older population has some degree of arthritis in their feet. It has been estimated that approximately 20% of people in general have osteoarthritis.
While this is possible, it is uncommon and most individuals who notice arthritis in one joint will also have the condition in other joints.
Most people who have bunions begin to develop some degree of abnormality within their great-toe joint, so osteoarthritis and bunions therefore do often co-exist.
In order to achieve effective treatment it is essential that the foot be biomechanically analysed. This involves a biomechanical assessment. Once the underlying abnormal biomechanical forces are recognised, then treatment can be initiated.
This is a condition which should be managed in a multi-disciplinary way. It is important that you see a rheumatologist once the condition is suspected.
There is also evidence that specialist orthoses can help with symptoms associated with inflammatory arthropathy. We swiftly initiate treatment to stabilise the foot and improve biomechanical deficiencies which may occur.
Osteoarthritis can occur as a consequence of injury. Inflammatory arthropathy is associated with a number of different conditions, including: