Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Research has shown that many patients notice the first signs of the medical condition known as rheumatoid arthritis as appearing in the feet. Some of these symptoms may include swelling, instability, and pain that may originate from the changing foot bones. The part of the foot that is generally affected with this condition are the smaller joints of the toes, and occasionally, the ankle joint may experience symptoms. This ailment may typically cause severe pain and discomfort, and the toes will often look curled and deformed. This condition may be linked to additional foot ailments occurring, including nodules forming in the heel area and changes in the skin and nails. Additionally, it is noted that some patients may notice pain in the leg, which may be a result of a diminished blood supply. If you notice any signs that may indicate rheumatoid arthritis, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist who can properly guide you to the best treatment options.

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 Dr. Rick L. Simon of Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Our doctor 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 our office located in Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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