There are many different types of arthritis that can effect people, and can be broadly placed in two categories: "wear and-tear" arthritis effecting joints which sometimes need joint replacements; and inflammatory arthropathies such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and lupus that require a fine balance of medication of activity to control. Health teams work together to improve your quality of life and keep you comfortable.
"Wear and Tear" Arthritis
This is also known as osteoarthritis and is the primary case of joint replacements. The joint padding wears out and the joint becomes bone on bone, deformed and very painful. Depending on the joint and the cause, we look to offload the area - reduce the pressure reduces the pain. This can be done by paddings or changing the way your foot moves with an orthotic. For further reading, see the Arthritis Australia Osteoarthritis Fact Sheet.
This group of arthritis conditions that aren't caused by wear and tear, but rather by the immune system attacking the body's own joints causing pain, inflammation and joint damage. The reasons for why this happens is unclear and can occur at any age.
For further reading, see the Arthritis Australia Fact Sheets: