Lupus – how podiatric management can be beneficial

According to Lupus UK (2000) “Lupus is an autoimmune disease, a type of self-allergy, whereby the patient’s immune system creates antibodies which, instead of protecting the body from bacteria, viruses and other matter attack the person’s own body tissues”.

The main problem with Lupus is that, being an autoimmune condition, it has many manifestations, which vary from person to person e.g. it can mimic many other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis hence making accurate diagnosis difficult.

Lupus is genetic in origin. A combination of genetic factors and environmental factors can also contribute to the development of this condition.

Diagnosis:

Because lupus can mimic several diseases it has historically been hard to diagnose, which has resulted in the condition going undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Lupus is generally diagnosed by conducting a series of blood and urine tests:-

  • Gastro-intestinal blood loss can cause iron deficient anaemia, so testing for anaemia can help with the diagnosis of lupus.
  • Up to 40% of lupus patients have a positive rheumatoid factor.
  • Renal and liver function tests can aid diagnosis of lupus.
  • The measurement of proteins and their activity within the blood.
  • Tests for autoantibodies in blood serum.

The Podiatric Management Plan:

Lupus UK (2000) recommends that podiatric treatment should concentrate on the reduction of pain and disability and the prevention of serious complications by:

So if you have been diagnosed with lupus then please come and discuss you condition and how it affects you with one of our Podiatrists at The Footcare Centre where relevant treatment if necessary can be discussed.

To contact us either book online or call 01932 849373

This blog has been written by Anuj Soni and is not necessarily the opinion of The Footcare Centre Ltd.

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