Newsletter June 2022 – Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis is the breakdown and eventual loss of cartilage between joints.  The cartilage protects and cushions the bones during movement. The deterioration of cartilage leads to restriction in the ability to do your normal everyday activities.  Osteoarthritis appears in various joints throughout the body, most commonly the feet, ankles, knees,hips and spine.

As the cartilage deteriorates and thins,  bones loose their protective cover and begin to rub against each other causing both pain and inflammation of the joint.

Symptoms of osteoarthritis in the feet and ankle include:

  • pain and stiffness in the joint
  • swelling in or near the joint
  • difficulty walking or bending of the joint
  • in some cases a bone spur may develop at the affected joint

Treatment of osteoarthritis:

  • Foot Mobilisation Therapy
  • Orthotic devices
  • Immobilisation
  • Compression
  • Strengthening and stretching Exercises
  • Strapping
  • Medication


New faces at The Foot Centre:

Jane Wachter – Receptionist

Jane returns to The Foot Centre after 12 years living in Sydney. Jane brings a positive and fun vibe  to The Foot Centre.   Jane is our resident cake maker and we all look forward to the days Jane works.  She is  in Wangaratta on Tuesdays. When not at work Jane loves to walk, garden and spend time with her family including her beloved dog.


Cassandra McKenzie – Podiatrist


Cassandra graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2011 and has worked in the Albury Wodonga region for the past decade. Working in the private sector of podiatry and as a sessional educator at CSU University, Cassandra enjoys all aspects of Podiatry with a particular interest in chronic disease management. Cassandra and her young family have recently relocated to Benalla where they are enjoying getting outdoors and exploring all that the region has to offer. Cassandra enjoys the outdoors, camping, walking and running when she gets the time. You will find Cassandra working in our Myrtleford, Wangaratta and Benalla clinics.

Is foot pain stopping you from what you want to do? We know how debilitating it can be as we see and treat it everyday. Podiatrist Alison talks about some of the many treatment modalities we utilise for treating painful osteoarthritis.