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How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the Feet and Ankles

Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack the lining of the joints. This leads to joint pain, as well as weakened tendons and ligaments. RA often affects the joints of the feet and ankles, especially in the early stages of the disease. Symptoms of this condition include painful, swollen, and stiff joints. Over time, RA can also change the position of joints, leading to misalignment and a decrease in joint function and range of motion. The earlier RA is detected and diagnosed, the earlier treatment can begin. Early treatment can prevent RA symptoms from worsening. If you have RA and experience foot and ankle symptoms, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist, who can help you manage this condition and stay on your feet. 

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 the podiatrists of The Foot & Ankle Centre of New Jersey. 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 our office located in Paramus, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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