Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own, otherwise healthy cells. The cells that are frequently attacked are those of the synovium, the soft tissue that lines the joints. The small joints of the feet and ankles are often affected, leading to symptoms such as foot and ankle pain, joint swelling, stiffness, and reduced mobility. RA affects millions of adults annually. In 2020, approximately 53 of every 100,000 women and 29 of every 100,000 men had RA. Women are more likely than men to develop RA at an early age. If you have RA and are experiencing foot and ankle pain, a chiropodist can help you relieve symptoms and maintain your foot health and mobility.
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 chiropodist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors will assist you with all of your medical 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 chiropodist can treat the area effectively. Your chiropodist 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 Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.