Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that has been diagnosed in 1.3 million Americans. Nearly 60% of sufferers not properly treated will be left unable to work within ten years, so it is important to keep an eye on the warning signs in order to treat and control the disease as soon as possible. Puffiness, swelling, feeling stiff, constant fatigue, as well as pain or tenderness in the joints are all signs of RA. Typically RA will cause pain on both sides of the body and periods of flare ups will come and go. The disease has also been known to start in the smaller joints, such as the toes, gradually moving up to the ankles and other bigger joints.
Rheumatoid Arthritis and joint pain can become very painful and debilitating if left untreated. For more information about Rheumatoid Arthritis and its symptoms, consult with Dr. Carl Ingrassia of Fords Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
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 & 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.
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