This form of arthritis is very common and the prevalence is higher in woman and the risk rises with an increase in age. It results from a progressive degeneration of protective cartilage. Cartilage is a tissue that cushions the end of the bones that come together to form a joint, which allows for shock & pressure absorption and reduces friction when stress is applied to it.

Signs & Symptoms include:
  • Usually affects hand, hips, knees and feet
  • Aching pain upon or after movement
  • Tenderness with application of pressure
  • Swelling
  • Clicking noise or grating sensation during movement
  • Joint stiffness upon movement after a period of inactivity
  • Decrease in range of motion of the affected joint
  • Bone spurs

Hallux Valgus
The degenerative process cannot be reversed however symptoms can be effectively managed with the goal of treatment being to reduce pain and increase function.

  • Exercise with routine stretching and strengthening including achieving a healthy body weight.
  • RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation
  • Heat and cold therapy
  • Pain medication such as oral analgesics or Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s). Topical creams or gels such as Voltaren gel.
  • General Podiatric care: taking care of the calluses and hard skin build up that occurs as a result of abnormal pressure or stresses that occur during walking.
  • Use of ambulatory devices that can assist with mobility such as gripping tools or walking stick.
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Shoe inserts such as Innersoles or custom made orthotic devices
  • Use of protective gear and devices
  • Padding and strapping

Specialising in biomechanics, sports pathology and care for the diabetic foot, we offer a wide range of services ranging from the treatment of all conditions of the skin, nails, bone pathology and soft tissue.

Wellness on Ladies Mile
41 Ladies Mile

Vasco Medical Centre,
83 Vasco Boulevard,
Vasco Estate, Goodwood, 7460

Grassy Park
205 3rd Avenue
Grassy Park,

Stone Village Wellness Centre
461 Main Road
Lakeside, 7945

Mitchell’s Plain
Wellness on Lords 37
Lords Ave
Weltevreden Valley
Mitchell’s Plain, 7785

42 John X Merriman Street
(Opposite MKem Pharmacy)

Monte Vista
MS Physio
90C Monte Vista Boulevard
Monte Vista, 7460

Mowbray / Rondebosch
Integration House 5 Robor
Cresent 7700
(Parking at 5 Harriers Road)

+27(0)21 795 0012
+27(0)63 748 3983

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