A disease involving the immune system in which the joints are inflamed is rheumatoid arthritis. Standing and walking may often become difficult, as these movements involve use of the joints. Recent research has shown that common treatments for this condition may include anti-inflammatory drugs or surgery if no other option is available. Occasionally the feet may produce symptoms indicative of rheumatoid arthritis, such as stiffness and pain in the ankle that spreads throughout the foot. It has been shown that there may be a link between higher body weight and this particular form of arthritis developing faster than other forms. Certain remedies may bring comfort, including choosing shoes that have proper arch support. Stretching may be another option, possibly relieving pain and providing joint mobility. Consult with your podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment if you think have symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
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 Livingston Foot Care 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.
- Swelling and pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation
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 our office located in North Bellmore, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.