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RA Can Affect the Feet

Monday, 10 February 2020 00:00

Research has indicated that a large percentage of patients who are afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis have had prior or existing foot conditions. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this condition can include swelling in one, or several joints in the foot, in addition to the impacted foot feeling warm and sore. Patients who experience rheumatoid arthritis may have difficulty in completing daily activities. Moderate relief may be found when insoles are worn in the shoes. This may help to improve the function of the foot while supporting the joints. If you feel that you may have this ailment, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

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 Chicago Podiatric Surgeons. 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 Chicago, Lombard, and Tinley Park, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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