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Ankylosing Spondylitis and Podiatry

Date Added: November 04, 2015 03:37:53 AM
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Category: Rheumatology: Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy

 

Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory joint disease that most commonly affects the back, but may affect all joints in the body as well as various other organ systems. The term ‘ankylosing’ means a fusing of the joints and ‘spondylitis’ means the spine. The disease impacts on close to 0.1-0.2% of the population and tends to affect males more often. It commonly just begins as an pain in the back that's really no different in signs and symptoms to almost every other frequent low back problem so is frequently managed as such. Typically, this treatment will not work and other methods get used. Inevitably, when other symptoms develop in various other joints there might be more investigation resulting in the diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis. This process can take a long time before the diagnosis gets made. The typical approach to treatment for this is to use medications to address the inflammatory process within the joint and physiotherapy to help keep the spine mobile and flexible.
Ankylosing spondylitis has an effect on the feet often. The first way is that the arthritis process may affect the joints in the foot and result in pain there. Heel spurs or plantar fasciitis is very common in those with this condition. This kind of heel pain is not the common one that you get as it is part of the disease process, thus tends to not respond very well to the traditional methods of managing heel pain. Like the joint inflammation that affects the joints in the feet, the therapy is generally directed at the medications that suppress the inflammatory response. Another way that ankylosing spondylitis impacts feet are indirect. As the key signs and symptoms of the disease are in the spine, the lower as well as upper back become very limited in motion, therefore those with ankylosing spondylitis tend to have trouble bending down to reach their feet. Which means that they cannot even do basic things like trim their own toe nails or self-care for their feet. They are also going to have problems managing different conditions that affect the foot. They could need to see a podiatrist on a regular basis for foot care and maintenance of foot health and for the regular management of any foot problems that may develop.

Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory joint disease that most commonly affects the back, but may affect all joints in the body as well as various other organ systems. The term ‘ankylosing’ means a fusing of the joints and ‘spondylitis’ means the spine. The disease impacts on close to 0.1-0.2% of the population and tends to affect males more often. It commonly just begins as an pain in the back that's really no different in signs and symptoms to almost every other frequent low back problem so is frequently managed as such. Typically, this treatment will not work and other methods get used. Inevitably, when other symptoms develop in various other joints there might be more investigation resulting in the diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis. This process can take a long time before the diagnosis gets made. The typical approach to treatment for this is to use medications to address the inflammatory process within the joint and physiotherapy to help keep the spine mobile and flexible.

Ankylosing spondylitis has an effect on the feet often. The first way is that the arthritis process may affect the joints in the foot and result in pain there. Heel spurs or plantar fasciitis is very common in those with this condition. This kind of heel pain is not the common one that you get as it is part of the disease process, thus tends to not respond very well to the traditional methods of managing heel pain. Like the joint inflammation that affects the joints in the feet, the therapy is generally directed at the medications that suppress the inflammatory response. Another way that ankylosing spondylitis impacts feet are indirect. As the key signs and symptoms of the disease are in the spine, the lower as well as upper back become very limited in motion, therefore those with ankylosing spondylitis tend to have trouble bending down to reach their feet. Which means that they cannot even do basic things like trim their own toe nails or self-care for their feet. They are also going to have problems managing different conditions that affect the foot. They could need to see a podiatrist on a regular basis for foot care and maintenance of foot health and for the regular management of any foot problems that may develop.

 

 

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