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A Chinese study published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases focused on an herb called “lei gong teng” or thunder god vine. This herb is said to provide treatment for rheumatoid arthritis more effectively than widely prescribed drug methotrexate. The study, consisting of 207 patients, had some patients given just the herb, others solely the drug, and others both the herb and the drug.

Those who were given just the herb had a fifty-five percent improvement rate on the ACR scale while those who were given both the herb and the drug achieved had an increased rate of seventy-seven percent. Those who were treated by just methotrexate were only to achieve just a 46 percent improvement rate. However, it should be known that the herb could have side effects as well, including gastrointestinal upsets and irregular menstruation.

Rheumatoid arthritis is not an easy condition to deal with.  If you have arthritis of the foot or ankle, see podiatrist Dr. Michael A. Stein, DPM of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can 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. 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.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet

- Stiffness in the feet

- Pain on the ball or sole of feet

- Joint shift and deformation

 

Diagnosis

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.

For more information about rheumatoid arthritis please follow the link below.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office in Los Gatos, San Leandro, and Pleasanton, CA. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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