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Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most common form of arthritis and affects approximately 40,000 New Zealanders. Rheumatoid arthritis can occur at any age, but occurs mainly between the ages of 25 and 50 and is three times more likely to affect women than men. It is a whole body problem that causes active inflammation in the joints. Again, while this disease cannot be cured, it can be controlled and managed to allow normal daily activities and a high quality of life. As with a number of arthritis conditions, a team approach is often best in the treatment and rehabilitation of arthritis. Podiatry is an important part of this team and your podiatrist at Waikato Podiatry will keep you informed as to other important links and members of the team.

“Podiatry is recognised to play an important role in the management of arthritis affecting the hips, knees and feet. Over the last couple of years Andrew has spoken at a number of our community seminars and at each of these events he has demonstrated knowledge, skills and expertise in dealing with a wide range of arthritic conditions. I have also been impressed by his holistic and comprehensive approach to treatment.” – Chaterine Swift, Arthritis Educator NZROT, MHSc, Arthritis New Zealand.

For more information visit www.arthritis.org.nz.

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