Rheumatoid Arthritis – RA
What is it?
RA is an autoimmune disorder. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues. Unlike the wear-and-tear damage of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. The inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis is what can damage other parts of the body as well.
Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system attacks the synovium — the lining of the membranes that surround your joints. The resulting inflammation thickens the synovium, which can eventually destroy the cartilage and bone within the joint. The tendons and ligaments that hold the joint together weaken and stretch. Gradually, the joint loses its shape and alignment.
How can we help?
- Perform biomechanical gait assessment
- Assess and fit for offloading braces.
- Educate patients about appropriate footwear selection regarding fit, function and support.
- Modify footwear to appropriately control joint movement and accommodate deformities.
- Fabricate custom made orthotics to relieve pressure and restrict or facilitate motion as required.