Arthritis is inflammation of the joints in one or more parts of the body.
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, and they all have different causes and treatment methods.
The symptoms of arthritis usually appear gradually but they can also happen suddenly. Arthritis is most commonly seen in adults over 65 but it can develop at any age.
The NHS website provides an overview of osteoarthritis, including living with and managing the condition.
It also has information about specific treatment, from lifestyle change to surgery, and gives links to more information on other websites.
Patient Decision Aids
Patient Decision Aids are specially designed information resources that help people make decisions about difficult healthcare options. They help you to think about why one option is better for you than another. Understanding what is important to you about your decision will help you choose the option that is best for you.
Versus Arthritis (Formerly Arthritis Research UK)
Versus Arthritis is a leading organisation involved in research about prevention and the treatment of arthritis in the UK. It provides information and free resources on many conditions. The most relevant for lower limb conditions are:
Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints, most commonly in the hands, feet and wrists, but it can also cause problems in other parts of the body.
Simple daily tasks can become difficult or take longer, and you may have to change the way you carry them out.
Information on NHS Choices
The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) runs self-management courses to help you manage arthritis. Sometimes, meeting with other people who have the condition can be really helpful, and NRAS have information about local courses.