In my last post, I discussed the common problem of osteoarthritis. This week, I’m going to talk about another joint disease that is often confused with osteoarthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a joint disease in which your own body attacking the fluid in your joints. Like Osteoarthritis, it most commonly occurs in the hands and feet.
What are the symptoms?
Rheumatoid arthritis causes joint pain in the hands and feet. A common concern is that the pain is worst in the morning; in the feet, this is especially so while getting out of bed.
Who is most likely to get it?
For unknown reasons, Rheumatoid Arthritis is most likely to affect women in their forties.
How is it diagnosed?
Your doctor will likely examine your joints, and may take an x-ray. In addition, he or she may order blood work to confirm the diagnosis.
How is it treated?
Your doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug to decrease the inflammation and pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Newer medications such as Humira may be more effective for advanced cases.
If you have pain in any of the joints of your foot, feel free to make an appointment with myself, or any of our doctors at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care at any of our four locations: Huber Heights, Troy, Piqua and Sidney OH, for an examination and your doctor will discuss all your treatment options.