Osteoarthritis and the Feet

Osteoarthritis is now a considerably common problem in modern society, especially as the population ages. All joints in your body could be impacted. The impact of this osteoarthritis is much more intensely felt within the weightbearing joints and not any more so than the foot. We require the foot to walk about upon therefore if that is impacted then the impacts on the well being may be serious. A current episode of PodChatLive has been devoted to the issue of osteoarthritis and the feet. PodChatLive is a livestream on Facebook with two hosts that have on an expert each week to go over an array of topics. It is later offered as an audio version and transferred to YouTube.

In the livestream about osteoarthritis, they talked with Jill Halstead about the meaning of osteoarthritis and, most importantly, the use and type of terminology used with the word. They spoke of the occurrence of osteoarthritis impacting on the feet as well as the connection that it has to load and what the therapy alternatives of its symptoms within the foot are. Dr Jill Halstead is a podiatrist in the UK and she has worked in the field of foot osteoarthritis for over ten years mainly at the University of Leeds along with Professors Redmond, Keenan along with other leading rheumatologists. Jill commenced her work in 2007 as part of her master’s dissertation that considered midfoot osteoarthritis and Charcot’s foot and she published her initial paper in this field in 2010. Subsequently she completed her PhD in 2013 which considered midfoot pain and the purpose of foot orthotics in prodromal osteoarthritis. Jill was able to develop this concept to radiographic midfoot osteoarthritis. Jill's main interest is in the clinical presentation of midfoot osteoarthritis, what are the functional biomarkers of foot osteoarthritis, what is the association between MRI results and pain and the clinical treatments for osteoarthritis with foot supports.