How to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis in Your Feet


Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one of the many types of arthritis that can affect your feet. RA occurs when your body's immune system attacks the lining of the sensitive membranes surrounding your joints, which can lead to bone damage and deformities that often show up first in the hands and feet.

Since further progression of the disease can affect your knees, elbows, shoulders, and hips, and since it may also spread to other parts of your body, make an appointment with your foot care specialist at the first signs that you may have this potentially debilitating condition. Seeing a podiatrist will ensure that you will receive a proper diagnosis and recommendations for treatment.

Here are some ways to minimize RA pain and conserve energy during activities:

1)    Frequently alter your position—Moving around and flexing your joints several times per hour will help relieve stiffness.

2)    Use specially made products that are easier to use—Common household items such as kitchen utensils and pens are available with larger diameter grips that are easier to manipulate.

3)    Keep your energy level up—It’s always a good idea to take frequent breaks and to work at a moderate pace to avoid becoming excessively tired.

It is also important to seek the services of a foot care specialist because the symptoms of RA can be mistaken for other diseases. Blood tests such as ESR and CRP can be performed along with imaging studies and ultrasound tests.

For expert help in treating your RA, see your foot care professional right away. At E.J. Nemet, DPM in Twinsburg, OH, podiatrist Dr. E.J. Nemet takes individual patient care seriously. Dr. Nemet commonly treats conditions like sports injuries, pediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions.

If you live in the Twinsburg or Beachwood areas, contact us or call (234) 212-9940 to schedule an appointment.