Rheumatoid Arthritis: How Your Feet Are Affected
Unfortunately, arthritis can afflict almost any joint in the body, including joints in your feet. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that attacks multiple joints throughout the body, but most often starts in the small joints of the hands and feet. It is also an autoimmune disease where defenses that protect the body from infection instead damage normal tissues, such as cartilage and ligaments.
The most common symptoms are pain, swelling and stiffness in the toe and ankle joints. Unlike osteoarthritis, symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis usually appear in both feet, affecting the same joints.
If you have pain, swelling and/or stiffness in the feet, it’s important to see a podiatrist. We can diagnose any conditions you might have, including Rheumatoid arthritis. If you are diagnosed with this condition, the good news is that there are many effective treatments and medications that can help you cope with pain. Come in for an office visit and discuss your symptoms with us. Click here to request an appointment.
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