Arthritis is a common condition that can affect anyone and can impact the activities you love doing. We see many types of conditions in clinic, like inflammatory arthritis like Rheumatoid to Osteoarthritis (OA).
Osteoarthritis Arthritis (OA) is a condition that causes joints to become painful and stiff, due to changes within the cartilage in the joints.
Typically OA will present with stiffness in the morning or after rest, it can feel like an ache and moving can reduce the pain. You may also see some changes to the joint or extra hard bits on the area, these are called osteophytes.
How we treat in clinic
We will help educate you on the facts and fiction around OA and help you manage your activity levels. Manage is a key word as we can’t cure OA, but we can help support you to manage it.
- footwear advice
- insoles (orthoses)
- strengthening exercises with our rehabilitation programme
There is lots of evidence that shows the benefits of strength training to help reduce OA pain and we can do this by helping you develop a personalised and effective treatment plan.
We audit all our data at NK Active so we can consistently improve our service and make sure we are helping you achieve your goals.
We know that 72% of people are doing more sport and activities compared to when they first come to see us, 6 months after they have finished treatment.
- Commonly effects people over the age of 40
- Severity of arthritis doesn’t correlate to pain
- Knee OA is the common joint effected
- 1 in 5 people in the UK have OA
- The big toe joint is the most common area in the foot effected
- OA is not caused by “wear and tear” and exercise does not make it worse, actually one of the most important things to do with OA is to keep active and keep moving
What are people saying?
I visited Nick Of NK Active, to talk about an issue following an op for skin cancer and also because of rheumatoid arthritis.
Nick examined my foot, watched me walk - recommended orthoses.
We talked about different options and decided to have orthoses made from polypropylene.
Nick scanned my foot and explained a CAD designer would make a mold from the scans and then make the orthoses to fit.
When I had my fitting I have to say it was an immediate benefit I walked and stood taller.
I listened to Nick and wore them for an extended period each day.
Now I hate being without them. They make a real difference - so much so that my rheumatoid consultant commented on them.