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Immune Disorder May Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis

Monday, 23 September 2019 00:00

Patients who are afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis are often familiar with the pain and discomfort it can cause. Common symptoms that are associated with this condition can include swelling and tenderness in the joints of the feet, in addition to weight loss and fatigue. It can develop as a result of an immune disorder, and the possibility of getting rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, may increase with age. Genetics may play a significant role in contracting this type of arthritis, in addition to smoking and obesity. There may be gentle stretches that may provide mild relief which can help in performing daily activities. If you feel you have pain in the joints of your feet, it is strongly suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat rheumatoid arthritis.

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 one of our podiatrists of Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. 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 one of our offices located in Apopka, Debary, Lake Mary, and Orlando, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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