Painful foot osteoarthritis – don’t tar it all with the same brush!

Trishna Rathod and colleagues from Keele University have found painful foot osteoarthritis (OA) may not be a homogeneous condition. An analysis of the Clinical Assessment Study of the Foot has found that whilst OA of the 1st metatarsophalangeal joint (big toe joint) tends to occur in isolation, polyarticular (more than one joint) foot OA appears to be more related to OA at other sites of the body and an elevated body mass index. This study suggests that there may be different causes of painful foot OA, depending on where it exists. Management may differ depending on what type of painful foot OA you have, this may include modifications to footwear, injections, foot orthoses or foot surgery. To find out which treatment is best for you, make a time to visit Adelaide Podiatry Clinic.