The feet are often affected when rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, occurs. There are several joints in the feet, and this condition can make it difficult to walk and complete daily activities. RA may be responsible if the feet swell and become inflamed, often causing embarrassment. This condition may lead to bone spurs, numbness, and plantar fasciitis, which can all cause pain and discomfort. Patients afflicted with RA may need to change their shoe size and wear custom-made orthotics. RA is a painful disease, and many patients report they cannot walk without shoes. Patients with RA also report losing range of motion in their feet. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect the quality of an individual’s life. If you have developed this painful condition, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide the best treatment for you.
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 Dr. Jeffrey J. Betman & Associates . 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.
- Swelling and 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.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Northwest Chicago, Southwest Chicago, and Wicker Park, Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.