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Because of her ongoing foot pain, Sally Underwood has a difficult time fitting into shoes, which forced her to wear boots to her own wedding. Since she was 15, Underwood has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a condition which attacks the joints and can cause serious foot pain. Since then, she has tried several special orthotics and different kinds of footwear, but RA has left her with significantly fewer shoe options.

Since there are many different causes of foot pain, it is recommended to speak to a podiatrist, like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctors of East Bay, to have your condition diagnosed. Dr. Stein can examine your foot pain and rule out other conditions, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, to determine if you do in fact have RA.

Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Feet

Even though rheumatoid arthritis usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, about 90 percent of the people who have this condition get it in the feet or ankle area. Before the condition worsens, people usually suffer from RA in the toes and feet first. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if a member of the family suffers from it then you could be at risk too.

What Is 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 occurs, as well as the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone.

Symptoms
- Swelling & pain of the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joints shift, or deformation can occur

Diagnosis

Proper diagnosis of RA in the feet is usually necessary for the podiatrist to evaluate the area. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle which would have triggered the condition.

Rheumatoid Factor Test helps determine if someone is affected by the disease.

Treatment

Treatment of RA is usually a lifelong process which includes a variety of treatments and therapy. Your doctor will prescribe special shoes that help with the arch and heel support. A physical therapist will assist with the joints to keep them flexible. Fusion and surgery may be needed for tissues of the feet like bunions and hammertoes.

If you have any questions about RA, please feel free to contact one of our offices which are located in San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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