I had my Podiatry appointment yesterday and was told that the pain and discomfort I have been getting in the bone at the base of my big toe is due to inflammation in the joint. He thoroughly examined my feet and noticed the new nail growing on the toe I lost the nail off a few weeks ago. I told him I don't remember stubbing it or dropping anything on it, but the nail had turned purple before I lost the nail. He said that the toe was curving down towards the floor and believes the nail could have been continually pressing on the floor when walking which could have caused the bruise and loss of nail. He has given me some insoles for my shoes and made a mould to protect my toe. He asked if I had been given the diagnosis of my condition. I said it was always referred to as inflammatory arthritis. He then told me I have sero negative inflammatory arthritis, not that it really matters what it is called, but at least I can put the correct name on official documents now. All my appointments are over now until next year, I've recently seen the Rheumy Nurse, Consultant, Physio, Occ Therapy and Podiatry and now have all the aids they recommended. I also spoke with the doctor to confirm the doseage of the Vitamin D. He said one tablet (20,000 IU) three times a week for two weeks, then one tablet twice a week for two weeks then one per week for remainder of course, and blood test every two weeks. I decided to take the plunge and today have requested the application form for PIP and the Blue Badge, so next thing is to wait for the postman and then fill them in and get the ball rolling. I will make an appointment with CAB to help me fill them in and also take note of all the good advice on this site. Hope you are all getting the help and support you need and able to enjoy the weekend.