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Rheumatoid Arthritis and the Feet

Monday, 05 October 2020 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition that causes chronic inflammation of the joints and frequently affects the joints of the feet and ankles. In fact, more than 90% of people with RA develop symptoms in the foot and ankle. This condition can make it difficult to walk and may cause pain in the feet. RA can also make you more likely to develop other foot problems, such as collapsed arches, corns, calluses, bunions, hammertoes, and large bony bumps on the ball of the foot,. If you have been diagnosed with RA and experience symptoms in the feet and ankles, it is highly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist. A podiatrist can monitor your feet and ankles, prescribe various treatments, and help you maintain your mobility and quality of life.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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