Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Feet

Although rheumatoid arthritis attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, ninety percent of people who actually develop this condition usually do so in the foot or ankle area. Those who develop this kind of arthritis in the feet usually develop symptoms around the toes and forefeet first, before anywhere else. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to have a genetic component. If it runs in the family, then you will be more likely to develop it as well.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the lining of the membranes surrounding the joints. This causes inflammation of the membrane lining, and the gradual destruction of the joint’s cartilage and even bone.

Some of the most common symptoms that are associated with RA include pain and swelling of the feet. Stiffness in the feet is also another common symptom that people experience. Those who have RA in the feet usually feel the pain in the ball or sole of their feet. This can get to be very painful at times. A person's joints can even shift and become deformed after a period of time.

In order to properly diagnose RA in the feet it is usually necessary for a doctor or podiatrist to evaluate the area. Your doctor will also question you about your medical history, occupation, etc., to determine whether anything in your lifestyle may have triggered the condition. There are a number of tests that may be performed to help diagnose RA, such as a rheumatoid factor test. There is, however, no one single test that will tell you for sure if you have RA. There are different X-rays that can be taken as well to determine if a person has RA in their feet.

There is a range of treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis. Treatment of RA is usually a lifelong process that includes a variety of methods of treatment and therapy. Your doctor can prescribe special shoes that should help with arch support as well as heel support. A physical therapist can help those with this condition learn exercises which will keep their joints flexible. Surgery may be needed to correct some of the issues with the feet, such as bunions, and hammertoes. Fusion is usually the most successful surgical option for rheumatoid arthritis. However, people need to keep in mind that there are some risks associated with these surgeries.


About the Article: This article discusses RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) in feet. RA in a person’s feet can cause serious pain and lead to other foot related injuries, so being sure to properly recognize symptoms of RA is a must. This article also talks about different treatment options that are available to people who suffer from RA so that they can find relief.

Keywords: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis in Feet, Foot Pain, Foot Joint Pain, Arthritis Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment, Arthritis Treatment, Foot Pain Treatment

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Dr. Adam Resnikoff is a highly respected and board certified podiatrist specializing in treating toenail, bunion and hammertoe surgery, corn and callous removal throughout the Murray Hill and Midtown East areas of New York, New York. He is the Medical/Surgical Director and owner of Resnikoff Podiatry and Foot Surgery Centers and has been in practice since 1990. Dr. Adam Resnikoff brings 25 years of experience caring for the podiatry needs of patients. 

Dr. Resnikoff attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in Harlem, NY, which was founded in 1911 and was the first Podiatric Medical school established in the United States. He is certified in laser surgery and performs in-office foot surgery using IV sedation provided by a board certified anesthesiologist. Resnikoff Podiatry and Foot Surgery Centers also offers digital x-rays on the spot, free consultations, and custom orthotics (shoe inserts). Dr. Resnikoff has also been a volunteer at local VA hospitals, has served as a fellow at the Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery, and has been board certified by the American Podiatric Medical Specialties Board.

Dr. Resnikoff welcomes patients at his offices on 36 East 36th Street in Manhattan's Murray Hill section in New York and 230 East 48th Street in Midtown East. Most insurance plans are accepted.


 

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Resnikoff Podiatry and Foot Surgery Centers

Dr. Adam Resnikoff is a highly respected and board certified podiatrist specializing in treating toenail, bunion and hammertoe surgery, corn and callous removal throughout the Murray Hill and Midtown East areas of New York, New York. He is the Medical/Surgical Director and owner of Resnikoff Podiatry and Foot Surgery Centers and has been in practice since 1990. Dr. Adam Resnikoff brings 25 years of experience caring for the podiatry needs of patients. 

Dr. Resnikoff attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in Harlem, NY, which was founded in 1911 and was the first Podiatric Medical school established in the United States. He is certified in laser surgery and performs in-office foot surgery using IV sedation provided by a board certified anesthesiologist. Resnikoff Podiatry and Foot Surgery Centers also offers digital x-rays on the spot, free consultations, and custom orthotics (shoe inserts). Dr. Resnikoff has also been a volunteer at local VA hospitals, has served as a fellow at the Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery, and has been board certified by the American Podiatric Medical Specialties Board.

Dr. Resnikoff welcomes patients at his offices on 36 East 36th Street in Manhattan's Murray Hill section in New York and 230 East 48th Street in Midtown East. Most insurance plans are accepted.


 


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