Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RhA) is a chronic progressive auto-immune condition, in other words the body’s own immune system attacks the body. Most commonly it is the synovial membranes around the joints that are effected especially those in the hands, wrists and feet. The cartilage in the joints becomes damaged causing pain and debilitation. The disease process can also effect internal organs such as the heart, lungs and eyes.

The damaged joints of the feet can lead to deformity and seriously impede mobility.

Treatments for RhA have significantly improved over recent years and sufferers can be well managed with new medications. Orthotics are essential in maintaining mobility and minimising lower limb and foot pain on a daily basis. As the condition gets worse with time it is important that any orthotics are monitored regularly and adjusted to the foot changes as they happen.

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