Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory condition caused by an overactive immune system attacking healthy tissue (also known as an autoimmune disease). This causes painful inflammation in the linings of joints, and if untreated, RA can result in permanent damage to the bones and joints. It can afflict joints throughout the body and frequently affects small joints, including those in the feet.
Dr. Elizabeth Auger, DPM, has more than 24 years of experience treating foot and ankle pain, including RA and other forms of arthritis. Dr. Auger will examine your feet and ankles, ask questions about your symptoms, and run additional tests. These may include X-rays or other imaging and blood tests to look for indicators of inflammation. After making a diagnosis, Dr. Auger will compose a treatment plan to address your symptoms, reduce your pain, and improve your mobility.
Dr. Auger can also help if you’ve already been diagnosed with RA by another doctor but need more help with foot or ankle pain, difficulty walking, or other podiatric issues. Our friendly office staff will coordinate with your doctor’s office to have your medical records transferred promptly.
There are multiple potential symptoms. Some patients may only have a few, while others have many of these symptoms:
If you have some of these symptoms and they persist for more than a few days, please see a healthcare provider right away. Multiple treatments are available once you have been diagnosed with RA, but you must act quickly. The longer the inflammatory process continues without treatment, the more likely you will have permanent joint damage.
Here are some of the factors that may increase your risk of developing RA:
Although RA can attack any joints in the body, it’s often a particularly difficult problem when it targets the feet or ankles. Because we put a lot of stress on our feet when we walk, the pain and inflammation caused by RA may be amplified in these areas. Taking it easy and staying off your feet for a few days might temporarily reduce your pain, but if the underlying inflammation remains, it will return when you’re on your feet again.
Dr. Auger will propose a treatment plan to address your symptoms and goals. Here are some possible treatments that may be included in your plan:
The longer rheumatoid goes untreated or undertreated, the higher the probability that your foot and ankle joints will suffer permanent damage. If you’re struggling with RA pain in your lower extremities, please contact us at the office of Dr. Elizabeth Auger, DPM, today. We’ll be happy to schedule you for a consultation so you can learn more about your treatment options.