Rheumatoid arthritis is known for attacking multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, however ninety percent of people suffering from the condition have it in their feet or ankles. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the feet by starting at the toes and front of the feet. Feet swelling and stiffness are also a common symptom and can even deform the foot after a period of time.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which your own immune system will strike the lining in your joint membranes. This can cause tenderness and pain, and can gradually destruct the cartilage and bone.
What if I have it?
To properly diagnose Rheumatoid arthritis in your feet, please call us for an appointment so that we can evaluate your symptoms. You’ll be asked questions regarding your medical history, occupation and lifestyle for us to gain understanding about what may have triggered your condition. There are a number of tests that help us diagnose RA although there is no single test that will definitively diagnose the disease.
What is the treatment?
Treatment of RA is usually a lifelong process that includes a variety of therapeutic methods. From special shoes to physical therapy, we can help you keep your joints flexible. Sometimes surgery is needed to correct these issues with fusion being the most successful surgical solution for RA.
Don’t put your health on hold. Give us a call so we can get you back on your feet.