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Dealing With Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare Ups

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells in the joints, causing joint pain, stiffness, inflammation, and degeneration. While RA can affect any part of the body, it frequently affects the small joints of the feet and ankles. During RA flare ups, symptoms of this disease can worsen and impact your ability to participate in activities of daily living. During a flare up, it is suggested that you rest more, if possible, to reduce pain. Doing gentle exercises, such as simple stretches, water exercises, and walking, can help prevent joint stiffness. Applying a hot or cold pack to your joints may help decrease pain and swelling. If you have RA that affects your feet, a podiatrist can assist you in managing 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 one of our podiatrists of Advanced Podiatry 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.

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 offices located in Northampton and Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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