Rheumatoid Arthritis

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis, affecting around 1% off the global population. It is one of two kinds of arthritis that are known to affect the feet. However, rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic condition and therefore can affect other areas of the body, such as the wrist, knees, and ankles. Also, rheumatoid arthritis causes changes in the skin, eyes, blood, and nerves, but this only occurs in severe or advanced cases.

Rheumatoid arthritis causes the immune system to break down tissue in the body, which can leave individuals more open to infection and disease. This also impacts the strength of the bone, cartilage, and ligaments, causing moderate to severe pain. Rheumatoid arthritis treatments are largely reactive to limit pain. However, if cartilage becomes too damaged, a doctor may recommend fusion procedures or surgery, such as joint sparing, to combat the symptoms.

 

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Signs And Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

There are several tell-tale signs and symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, affecting various parts of the body. Signs and symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis are usually most prevalent in the joints. It can cause long-lasting problems in any joint in the body, although the smaller joints, such as those in the hands and feet are often the first to be affected. This is why we at FootActive manufacturer specially made orthotic insoles for rheumatoid arthritis, with the intention of keeping you as safe and comfortable as possible. Often, rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints symmetrically, impacting both sides of the body at the same time and to the same extent, although this is not always the case.

Main signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:

Pain

The joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis is usually a throbbing and aching pain. This pain can worsen first thing in the morning, or after any period of inactivity. Rheumatoid arthritis foot pain relief is an option we offer, with the help of our insoles for rheumatoid arthritis.

Stiffness

Joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis can feel stiff. Similarly, to joint pain, the stiffness is often worse in the morning or after a period of inactivity.

Swelling, warmth and redness

Other signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can be swelling, warmth and redness, which is a direct symptom cause by the lining of joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis becoming inflamed. This can cause the joints to swell and become hot and tender to touch.

Additional symptoms

A direct result of the above signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can be some more general symptoms, such as:

  • Tiredness and a lack of energy
  • A high temperature
  • Sweating
  • A poor appetite
  • Weight loss

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Unlike other common inflammations of the foot, such as plantar fasciitis, rheumatoid arthritis does not affect just one joint in the foot. Many experience common foot problems due to rheumatoid arthritis in any of the following areas:

  • Tibia
  • Fibula
  • Hindfoot
  • Midfoot
  • Forefoot
  • Toes

Rheumatoid arthritis treatments cannot combat the condition completely, but they can dramatically improve your quality of life, helping to allow for increased movement by managing the pain. Rheumatoid arthritis foot pain relief treatments will not stop the progression of the disease, but non-surgical techniques have been proven to slow down the effects.

Specialist arch support insoles for rheumatoid arthritis are the most effective method for rheumatoid arthritis treatment, particularly in the early stages. This will not correct the shape of your foot, but it will minimise the impact and pain caused by walking or any activity putting pressure on the prominent bones in the foot.

Rheumatoid Arthritis FAQs

What are the causes of rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, in which your immune system sends antibodies to your joints, where they attack the surrounding tissues. It isn’t yet entirely clear why the body does this, but your risk for developing it can be increased due to your genetics, hormones, or whether or not you’re a smoker.

How serious is rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis can be a serious condition when left untreated. If you think you have the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, you should see your GP for diagnosis and to create a treatment plan.

How do you treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis can be treated with a number of drugs, which include steroids, JAK inhibitors, biological treatments and DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs).

Rheumatoid arthritis treatments may be used in tandem with physical therapy, to aid with rheumatoid arthritis foot pain relief, strengthening your muscles and improving flexibility in your joints.

What Is the best rheumatoid arthritis treatment for foot pain relief?

One of the most beneficial ways to assist with rheumatoid arthritis foot pain relief is by finding insoles for rheumatoid arthritis that provide the support you need. Orthotics can help bring your body into alignment by correcting issues like over-pronation which increase pressure, and pain.

There are many other ways you can try to attempt rheumatoid arthritis treatment for foot pain at home, from burning lemongrass essential oils, to common pain medications like ibuprofen, and simply trying to make the space for an afternoon nap. Try testing out a variety of at-home remedies to see what works for you.

Will insoles for rheumatoid arthritis really help me?

Emerging research has indicated that orthotic insoles for rheumatoid arthritis can help assist with rheumatoid arthritis foot pain relief while slowing its progression. Insoles for rheumatoid arthritis can help relieve pressure on your feet, and minimise any pain caused by everyday activities.

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