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The Feet May Be the First Area to Be Affected by RA

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, and the most common type is rheumatoid. Many people who have this condition often have foot problems, and the feet can be the first area of the body where pain is noticed. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this can include soreness, swelling, and the affected area in the foot may feel warm when touched. The joints that are commonly affected with this type of arthritis are the smaller joints of the toes. This may hinder the ability to walk, maintain balance, and completing daily tasks may become difficult. Some patients develop skin and nail problems as a result of having rheumatoid arthritis, and it is advised that the advice of a podiatrist is sought who can offer correct treatment remedies.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Deepa Bhatt-Montoya, DPM from Chicago Podiatric Surgeons. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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