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How Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Affect the Feet 

In Rheumatoid Arthritis, the tissue lining within healthy joints is attacked by the body’s own immune system. This is very painful and can lead to joint damage and bone erosion. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a systemic disease, which can occur throughout the entire body. It often affects the feet, toes, and ankles, causing stiffness, pain, and abnormal warmth in joints and ligaments. A person’s quality of life can be affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis as well, since it can often reduce both mobility and the ability to participate in daily activities. When Rheumatoid Arthritis affects the feet, a podiatrist should be consulted to help relieve symptoms, decrease inflammation, and prevent joint damage. Possible treatments a podiatrist may use to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis include rest, medicine, orthotics, physical therapy, and steroid injections.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City, La Porte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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