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Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle can Affect Children

Monday, 27 July 2020

When we think of rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes pain, stiffness, and inflammation of the joints, we often think of the elderly. However, rheumatoid arthritis can affect people at any age. An estimated 300,000 children in the United States are afflicted by juvenile arthritis. When the joints of the feet and ankles are affected it makes standing, walking, running, and other physical activities potentially painful. Medical management of this disease is typically needed to help children live healthy lives. A podiatrist can help by prescribing orthotics, offering pain management solutions, and finding ways to increase your child’s mobility and quality of life. If your child is afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis it is strongly recommended that they visit a podiatrist for professional care and treatment. 

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 Dr. Martin Sloan of Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Rockwall and Abilene, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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