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Osteoarthritis (often called OA) is the most common form of arthritis and is related to wear and tear of the joints linked to use over time, the ageing process and sometimes injury. It is not a rheumatic condition.

Some people appear to suffer more with osteoarthritis than others and need to manage the symptoms of this condition with the help of the GP or even a Rheumatologist if it is severe.

Almost any joint can be affected by osteoarthritis, and it commonly causes foot, ankle, knee and hip problems for our patients.

Podiatrists can advise on footwear, foot orthoses and other devices to try and help manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Some will be able to offer steroid injections if appropriate to help you too, though these may only offer short term relief and do not always help.

Some people may struggle to reach their feet or cut their toe nails due to arthritis in the back, hips or hands, so a Podiatrist will be able to help out here too.

Here are some links to common site of arthritis that we see in podiatry:

Osteoarthritis of the big toe joint

Mid foot Osteoarthritis 

Ankle Osteoarthritis