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Of all the forms of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common and is the type more likely to affect females than males. The condition primarily affects small joints in the hands and feet; it can spread to other parts of the body, however, if left untreated to exacerbate. The main symptom of rheumatoid arthritis is inflammation in the joints, which can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. Occurrences of these symptoms can be constant or can happen in flare-ups; instances vary between patients. Various treatments are available for the condition; if you suspect you have rheumatoid arthritis, consult with your podiatrist for the best treatment.
Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
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. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.
Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet
Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.
- Swelling and pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of the feet
- Joint shift and deformation
Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
Three generations of the Bishop family, natives of Youngstown, have each been afflicted by Charcot-Marie Tooth disease (CMT), a rare genetic illness that damages the nerves and muscles of the lower extremities. It started with 73-year-old Don Bishop, who passed it down to his son Lee. Lee walked strangely growing up and thought he had inherited a tendency to high step at first, but in reality he was compensating for deteriorating Achilles tendons and nerves in his feet.
He in turn gave CMT to his son Nicholas, who is also starting to feel the loss of sensation in his limbs. Although there is no known cure for the disease, Nicholas believes that stem cells might be able to treat it.
Charcot-Marie Tooth disease is one of many types of nerve disorders that can affect the feet and ankles. If you are experiencing a prolonged loss of sensation in your lower extremities, speak to podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can examine the affected area and prescribe an appropriate form of treatment.
Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle
There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.
Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.
There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf. In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.
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