Osteoarthritis is now a progressively more prevalent problem in modern society, mainly as the human population gets older. All joints in the body could be affected. The impact of that osteoarthritis is far more really experienced within the weightbearing joints and not any more so than the foot. We want the feet to move about on so if that is impacted then the effects on the quality of life is usually sizeable. The latest show of PodChatLive was focused on the topic of osteoarthritis and the feet. PodChatLive is a livestream on Facebook with a pair of hosts who have on an expert each week to go over all sorts of topics. It is later available as a podcast along with published over to YouTube.
In the show on osteoarthritis, the hosts talked with Jill Halstead about the definition of osteoarthritis and, even more important, the use and type of language used around the word. They outlined the prevalence of osteoarthritis affecting the foot and the relationship that it has to load and just what the therapy choices of its symptoms within the feet are. Dr Jill Halstead is a podiatrist in the UK and she has worked in the area of foot osteoarthritis for more than 10 years mostly at the University of Leeds together with Professors Redmond, Keenan and also other top rheumatologists. Jill started out her work in 2007 as part of her master’s study that considered midfoot osteoarthritis and Charcot’s feet and she published her first paper in this subject in 2010. Since then jill finished her PhD in 2013 which considered midfoot pain and the role of foot orthotics in prodromal osteoarthritis. She was able to expand this concept to radiographic midfoot osteoarthritis. Her principal interest is in the clinical signs of midfoot osteoarthritis, which are the functional biomarkers of foot osteoarthritis, what is the association between MRI outcomes and discomfort and the clinical treatments for osteoarthritis with foot inserts.