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How Can Rheumatoid Arthritis Impact Feet?

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, causing inflammation, pain, and swelling. This condition can significantly affect the feet, leading to discomfort and mobility issues. RA occurs due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors, and it is more common in women and those with a family history of the disease. Symptoms in the feet include persistent pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformities such as bunions and hammertoes. Early diagnosis is important and typically involves physical examinations, imaging tests, and blood tests to identify specific markers. Management of RA in the feet includes medications like anti-inflammatory drugs and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs to control symptoms and prevent joint damage. Preventive measures involve maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise, and wearing supportive footwear. In severe cases, surgical interventions may be necessary. If you have symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in your feet, it is suggested that you schedule regular visits with a podiatrist to monitor and manage your foot health.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Howard Waxman, DPM from Pleasant Valley Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.


  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Willoughby Hills and Broadview Heights, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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