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Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a progressive auto-immune disease that causes inflammation, swelling, and pain in the joints of the foot, ankle, and toes. Symptoms include stiffness in the joints, especially when first waking up or after sitting for long periods. People with rheumatoid arthritis typically experience flare ups of pain, when their symptoms worsen. These may be caused by stress, overactivity, or changes in medication. With rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the synovium, which is a membrane that lines the joints. As a result, the synovial cells grow and the membrane thickens, in turn causing the pain and inflammation. Untreated RA can cause damage to the cartilage, tissue that keeps the bones from touching each other. People at high risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis include those who are over 60, female, obese, and who smoke. Genetics also can be a risk factor. Blood tests and imaging tests can help determine whether you have rheumatoid arthritis. For testing, diagnosis, and treatment options, please consult a podiatrist.

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 Dr. Anna Petrov of Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor 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 Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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