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Rheumatoid & Psoriatic Arthritis

Other than osteoarthritis, most other forms of arthritis are described as “Inflammatory Arthritis” because in these cases, inflammation itself is the source of cartilage damage.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means it occurs when the body’s immune system starts to mistakenly attack its own tissues. With rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system targets the lining of the joints, leading to chronic inflammation, cartilage damage, joint impairment and joint deformity. In addition, this disease is not only localized to the joint, but also has systemic implications, such as a low-grade fever, loss of appetite, fatigue, and anemia. In some cases, inflammation can even affect nearby organs like the nerves, eyes, skin, heart, and lungs.

Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by flares and remissions of disease activity, including swelling, pain, and stiffness in multiple joints, usually presenting in a symmetrical fashion. For instance, when a joint in your left hand is swollen, the same joint in your right hand will also be swollen. The disease starts by affecting the smaller joints in the body such as those found in the hands, wrists, and feet, and will spread to larger joints as the disease progresses.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis associated with an inflammatory dermatological condition called, psoriasis. Psoriasis is characterized by red, silvery, scaly patches that are itchy and sometimes painful. Nails can also be involved and become thickened, discoloured, pitted, and crumbly, mimicking nails infected with fungus.

Psoriatic arthritis usually affects a joint or a few joints of the fingers and toes, resulting in a swollen, red digit. In some cases, the spine and knee may also be affected.

How Can a Chiropodist Help?

Rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis can lead to joint disability and joint deformity. Therefore, wearing orthopedic footwear to accommodate the foot can help to manage pain and inflammation, thereby, slowing down the progression of the disease. In general, look for a wide set shoe with a wide and deep toebox and a cushioned insole. A biomechanical assessment and gait analysis will determine if there are any biomechanical faults that are exacerbating your symptoms. The best custom foot orthotic will control, stabilize, and support the foot, reducing stress on joints and evenly redistributing pressures.

 

If you have rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis affecting the joints of your feet, stop living in pain and book an appointment with one of our Licensed Chiropodists at Feet First Clinic today. Chiropodists can help to restore and preserve function as well as maintain mobility in the joints of your feet, significantly improving the quality of your life.

Here’s to Many More Years of Foot Care!

At Feet First Clinic, we’re always excited to welcome new clients! After a successful 12 years of treating our amazing patients, we’re ready to continue offering only the best foot care services and products. Give us a call to ask our friendly staff any questions you may have! Our Toronto foot specialists are ready to help!

Call us at 416-769-3338 or Book Your Assessment Today!

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Emily

Administrative Assistant

Emily is the newest addition to the Feet First family. She assists with the clinic’s accounting and finances, as well as all the behind-the-scenes work that keeps the clinic running smoothly. In addition to her accounting smarts, she brings sunshine and positivity to everyone at Feet First Clinic.

Erica Halpern

Marketing and Administrative Assistant (She/Her)

Part of our administrative support staff, Erica also works behind the scenes writing and editing content for our website and blog. She loves researching and writing educational content to help patients and anyone dealing with pain. When she’s not busy in the clinic, you’ll find her at her local gym, exploring underground music, hiking with friends, or cheering on her favourite sports teams (Go Jays!). She also loves huskies!

Sophie Rudahigan

Clinic Administrator (She/Her)
Sophie prides herself on providing top-tier customer service. She is here to ensure a smooth visit for all clients. In addition to overseeing the clinic’s administration and day-to-day operations, she maintains the cosmetic appearance of the store. She is the magic behind our elaborate display case designs and also ensures the clinic is stocked with stylish (but still orthopedic!) footwear options for all ages.

Bianca Carter

CEO (She/Her)

Day in and out, Bianca works hard to ensure Feet First Clinic runs smoothly. Customer service is at the top of her list and she treats every customer like family. Bianca has a passion for fitness and is dedicated to helping people take care of their feet and body. There is no problem that she can’t solve and she believes that where there is a will, there’s a way.

Carolina Charles

Patient Relation Coordinator (She/Her)

If you’ve been to the clinic before, chances are you had the pleasure of meeting Carolina! Carolina’s daily goal is going above and beyond to make sure patients are always completely satisfied. Having worked in the podiatry industry for 22 years, Carolina brings a wealth of knowledge pertaining to client service, insurance policies, and procedures.​ She steers the ship to make sure everything runs smoothly on the daily. Carolina is known for spicing up every outfit with her signature costume jewellery.