Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disorder that primarily affects the joints, and the feet are often one of the first areas to display symptoms. Understanding the signs of RA in the feet is essential for early diagnosis and effective management of this chronic condition. One common symptom of RA in the feet is joint pain and stiffness. Affected individuals may experience discomfort in the joints of the toes, ankles, or the midfoot. This pain is typically more pronounced in the morning and may improve with movement. Swelling is another noticeable sign. RA can cause inflammation in the synovium, a lining that surrounds joints. When this occurs in the feet, it leads to visible swelling, making it harder to wear shoes comfortably. Deformities, such as bunions, claw toes, or hammertoes, can also develop due to the erosion of joint tissues. These ailments are often accompanied by limited mobility in the affected toes. If you notice these symptoms in your feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose RA, and help you to 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 Alex Yanovskiy, DPM of Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic. 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.
- Swelling and pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation
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 office located in Des Plaines , IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.