Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Common?

One of the most common types of arthritis is referred to as rheumatoid arthritis. Many people may experience symptoms of this condition in the feet and are aware of the pain and discomfort that typically exists with this ailment. There are specific symptoms that may accompany this type of arthritis, including swelling and soreness in the feet, difficulty waking, which may be a result of unstable joints, or the foot possibly changing shape. Research has shown the part of the foot that may be affected the most are the toes, which consist of smaller joints. They may begin to look deformed and may have difficulty in moving or bending. There may be additional foot conditions that may arise including the development of corns and calluses. This may be a result of changes in the foot shape. If you are afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can offer proper treatment techniques.

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 Apple Podiatry Group. 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

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 Arlington and Irving, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

You Might Also Enjoy...

How to Manage Your Blood Sugar for Healthier Feet

What does your blood sugar have to do with your feet? If you have diabetes, a lot. Glucose-damaged veins and arteries in your feet could lead to ulcers, neuropathy, and even gangrene and amputation. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

How to Prevent and Treat Shin Splints

If you have the throbbing ache at the front of your leg known as a shin splint, it can take you out of activity you love for days, weeks, or even months. Here’s how to prevent them — and help them heal quickly if they do develop.

How to Avoid Athlete’s Foot and Staph Infections

Athlete’s foot is not only (literally) irritating and uncomfortable in itself, the fungal infection also raises your risk for a more serious infection with the bacterium staphylococcus aureus. Both athlete’s foot and staph infections are preventable.

My Shoes Don't Fit. Are My Feet Changing?

Are your shoes suddenly pinching your toes? Do you have more room in your sneakers than you used to? You’re not crazy — your feet may actually be changing. Here’s what you should know about some of the natural transformations your feet go through.

How Is a Sprained Ankle Graded?

A sprained ankle can be painful and restricting, whether it's due to a sports injury, a severe collision, or a simple slip. Learn what you need to know about this common joint injury, including how it's evaluated for severity.