What is osteoarthritis?
At Coastal Foot & Leg Clinic we are constantly seeing patients present with this degenerative condition. It mainly affects the hands, spine and joints such as hips, knees and ankles and feet and predominantly gets worse over time.
Normally healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another and helps absorb the shock of physical movement. In osteoarthritis the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones in the joints begins to break down and wear away, causing the bones to rub together, creating pain, swelling and loss of motion.
The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain, stiffness and limited joint movement. At first pain is felt during and after activity, but as the condition worsens pain may be felt during minor movements or even at rest. Affected joints may become enlarged and tender, affecting fine motor skills and leading to difficulty in performing everyday activities.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
The symptoms of osteoarthritis can vary from one person to another and for a particular person, can vary considerably over time and in specific sites around a joint.
A range of factors contribute to the onset and progression of osteoarthritis
- being female
- joint misalignment
- joint injury or trauma (such as dislocation or fracture)
- excess weight
- Repetitive joint-loading tasks (for example, kneeling, squatting and heavy lifting).
Who gets osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in Australia. It is predicted that about 1.8 million Australians have this condition.
The prevalence of osteoarthritis rises with age. While relatively few younger people have it, from the age of 45 the prevalence rises sharply.
Treatment for Osteoarthritis
Once we have obtained a diagnosis of your condition we are able to formulate an individualised treatment plan. We don’t offer a one size fits all treatment solution.
Depending upon individual circumstances one or multiple treatment options may be undertaken to offer you the best possible outcome.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Healthy feet provide the foundations for a healthy body and an active life!
Dr Peter Shelton BSc Hons. Accredited Podiatrist.