All posts tagged: podiatrist

Keeping RA Feet happy

My RA feet are much happier today.  They had not been happy for several years.  RA had started in my feet and included my ankles.  Pain and unstable gait were serious problems. I was sent to a podiatrist. He ordered weight bearing x-rays of my feet which showed deteriorating joints. He sent me for the following inserts that are available at New Balance stores. About $50 a pair. ProThotics, Motion Control performance insoles Support and stability for overall foot health and comfort Anti-friction fabric, breathable, anti-microbial Vy-Gel shock absorption across the forefoot and heel strike to protect against fasciitis Strong arch and metatarsal features help to relieve pain and guard against harmful over- pronation Structural stabilizer promotes maximum stability and helps correct postural alignment Polyurethane base layer provides cushioning that will never flatten out over time Bio-mechanical design helps prevent pronation and rolling ankles on uneven terrain. They live up to their promise. I have two pairs. Yes, they are expensive but have made an incredible difference for me. My podiatrist also sent me for …

The challenge of Feet

My rheumatologist sent me to a podiatrist, a foot doctor.                 Charming man. Once a client of mine.        X-rays were ordered, the podiatrist way. Standing. Weight bearing. Three views each.  For the third view I climbed steps  and was x-rayed  at foot level.   A  much better test than the standard foot  x-rays. Results: persistent degenerative changes with in the feet bilaterally. I admit that this was expected. What happens next?  My doc said surgery is not the answer.  As my feet get worse he feels steroid injections would be helpful. Now it is important that I wear shoes that fit  well and offer good support.  I should also wear special inserts (Motion Control performance insoles by Prothotics). I got the inserts first.  They are so much better than anything you will find at Target or Walmart. They have support for feet in areas that are thinning in RA. He suggested our New Balance store or REI.  New Balance was closer. They fitted the inserts and fitted …