Some researchers at the University of Manchester and King’s College London believe that they can use computer-based modeling to figure out if a patient is likely to get arthritis in areas like their feet and ankles.
Doctors already know that development of rheumatoid arthritis is influenced by both heredity and external factors like smoking. The UK scientists think they can combine all of this knowledge to accurately predict who is at risk. “This is an important first step in trying to develop ways to prevent the onset of rheumatoid arthritis,” said Dr. Ian Scott of King’s College.
Rheumatoid arthritis in the feet and ankles can make everyday activities excruciating. If you’re seeking arthritis treatment, a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry can assess your condition and find you the best solution.
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 occurs, 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. Pain often initially presents in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if you have a family history of RA, you may be predisposed to suffer from it as well.
- Swelling & 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.
Treatment of RA is usually a lifelong process that includes a variety of treatments and therapy.
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