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Rheumatoid Arthritis May Affect Different Parts of the Foot

Monday, 26 November 2018 00:00

If you are experiencing chronic pain, which may be caused by inflammation in your feet, you may have rheumatoid arthritis. This uncomfortable ailment is caused by an autoimmune condition and will typically affect the tissues in the feet, which may cause severe pain and swelling. When this condition develops in the feet, the joints in the ankle may become affected as a result of possible damage that the tissues and ligaments may endure. This may cause diminished support in the ankle bones and can cause difficulty in walking. If rheumatoid arthritis (RA) develops in the center of the foot, damage to the ligaments may cause the arch to gradually collapse, and desired relief may be felt by wearing shoe inserts. If you are experiencing this type of foot pain, it’s suggested to consult with a podiatrist, so the proper treatment techniques can begin.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist  if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of InStride Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Mt Airy, Clemmons, Winston-Salem, and King, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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