Health and Fitness

How does osteoarthritis affect the foot?

Osteoarthritis has grown to be a very frequent condition in modern society, mainly as the population ages. All joints in your body can be impacted. The effect of this osteoarthritis is more acutely felt within the weightbearing joints and not any more so than the foot. We want the feet to walk around on therefore if the feet are impacted then the impacts on the well being is often serious. A current occurrence of PodChatLive has been about the issue of osteoarthritis and the feet. PodChatLive is a livestream on Facebook with 2 hosts who have on a guest each week to discuss all sorts of issues. It is later offered as an audio version as well as submitted over to YouTube.

In the episode on osteoarthritis, the hosts spoke with Jill Halstead about the concept of osteoarthritis and, more to the point, the use and type of language used with the word. They discussed the incidence of osteoarthritis which affects the foot and also the connection that it has to load and what the treatment alternatives of its symptoms in the feet are. Dr Jill Halstead is a podiatrist in the United Kingdom and she has worked in the field of foot osteoarthritis for more than ten years largely at the University of Leeds along with Professors Redmond, Keenan and other leading rheumatologists. She commenced her work in 2007 included in her master’s study which considered midfoot osteoarthritis and Charcot’s foot and published her first paper in this subject in 2010. Since that time she finished her PhD in 2013 which considered midfoot pain and the purpose of foot orthoses in prodromal osteoarthritis. She was able to broaden this concept to radiographic midfoot osteoarthritis. Jill's principal interest is in the clinical presentation of midfoot osteoarthritis, which are the functional biomarkers of foot osteoarthritis, what exactly is the connection between MRI results and discomfort and also the clinical treatments for osteoarthritis with foot inserts.