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What Are the Early Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Monday, 21 December 2020 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own healthy tissue, including the lining of joints. This leads to initial symptoms such as joint pain, swelling, stiffness, redness, warmth around the affected joints, and morning stiffness in the joints that lasts longer than 30 minutes. Typically, the smaller joints, such as those in the feet, are affected first. Over time, rheumatoid arthritis can progress, deteriorating the joint cartilage, eroding bone tissue, and restricting the affected joint’s range of motion. If you have rheumatoid arthritis that is affecting the joints of your feet and ankles, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist.

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. Lee R. Stein of Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, PC. 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 one of our offices located in Chicago, Highland Park, and Uptown, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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