If you’re managing a chronic inflammatory condition such as psoriatic arthritis, gout, osteoporosis or osteoarthritis, you will probably work with a local rheumatologist. A local rheumatologist is a medical doctor who is trained in treating patients with inflammatory conditions of the joints, bones and muscles. Some patients with inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or vasculitis may benefit from working with a local pedorthist. A local pedorthist is a medical professional who focuses on treating patients with conditions of the feet, lower legs and ankle. A local pedorthist may fit patients with pedorthic devices including shoe modifications and supportive orthotics to help them manage their inflammatory condition. For example, if a patient has rheumatoid arthritis, they may work with a local pedorthist and use custom orthotics to improve mobility and reduce pain. Your local pedorthist can work with your local rheumatologist to ensure your treatment plan is optimal. They can also work with other healthcare providers on your team, including your local nutritionist or registered dietitian, chiropractor, cardiologist or endocrinologist.