Case study ( 3493 views as of April 20, 2018 )
Joan is a 62-year-old woman who has recently retired. She has had a lot of pain in her foot, especially the big toes. Joan wants to travel to Europe and do some hiking, but feels she is going to have problems. A specialist tells her that she has osteoarthritis and recommends that she gets orthotics and to avoid surgery. Joan is not sure who she should see and how much these orthotics will cost.
Joan could benefit her condition by seeing a rheumatologist regarding the osteoarthritis. An orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon and/or podiatrist will be able to give her information regarding the orthotics. Her doctor may also refer Joan to a physiotherapist to design a plan to maintain her mobility. Finally, a dietitian could provide Joan with a meal plan; eating the right foods can help ease arthritis inflammation.Author: Dr. John Wade