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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Symptoms & Causes

Monday, 15 July 2019 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that mainly affects the joints, but also can cause damage to other body systems. This form of arthritis occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissues. It affects the lining of the joints and causes painful swelling that can result in bone erosion and joint deformity in the ankles and feet. It can eventually cause the joint to stretch out, lose its shape and weaken all together. Some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include tender and swollen joints, joint stiffness, fever, fatigue and a loss of appetite. You are most at risk of getting the disease if you are a smoker, overweight and aged 55 or younger, as well as if you have had recent exposure to asbestos or silica. If you believe you may have developed rheumatoid arthritis or are experiencing any of the symptoms, it is advised you see a podiatrist.

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 one of our podiatrists of PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Pennsylvania. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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