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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis impacts about 1% of the world’s population. Often referred to as RA, rheumatoid arthritis is sometimes referred to as an “invisible disease,” but it is highly visible and can be quite debilitating. Symptoms include joint pain, skin inflammation, and fatigue. It causes swelling, deformity, and even disability. RA is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects joints. It is commonly seen on the joints of the feet. It can begin at any age but usually happens between the ages of 30 and 60. RA is considered an autoimmune disease, meaning one’s body defenses work against their joints like they are foreign bodies instead of being part of them. Because of its autoimmune nature, the affected joints become swollen and painful without trauma. If you have rheumatoid arthritis in your feet, consult a podiatrist who can provide treatment and suggestions that will make living your life more comfortable.

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 Jeffrey P. Taylor, DPM of North Texas Podiatry Associates. Our doctor 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 offices located in Euless and Southlake, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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