Those who suffer from pain in the joints of their feet may be suffering from a form of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a type of inflammatory arthritis that can affect the joints in the feet. With this autoimmune disorder, the immune system attempts to destroy the lining of the joints, called synovium, as well as the fluid in the joints. Pain may be felt in the joints, as well as the ligaments of the feet, which are bands of tissue that connect bones. Rheumatoid arthritis can also cause heel pain, compressed nerves, skin rashes, and nodules on the feet. Over time, RA causes cartilage erosion, and the joints in the feet may become deformed. Discomfort is often worse after prolonged time on the feet, and wearing shoes can be difficult. This condition can significantly impact the ability to walk, and it is beneficial for the patient to do what they can to manage the pain. If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and your feet are affected, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist regularly who can help you effectively manage this condition.
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 Leonora Fihman, DPM of California. 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.
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 Encino and Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.