Researchers in the UK have found a way to help identify those who are at risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, through the use of computer-based modeling.Rheumatoid arthritis, which consists of a painful inflammation of the joints, primarily comes from genetics and environmental factors, particularly smoking.
Through combining information about a patient’s smoking history and genetic markers determined from blood tests, doctors at the University of Manchester and King’s College London have been able to identify the likelihood of developing the condition.According to Dr. Ian Scott of King’s College, “This is an important first step in trying to develop ways to prevent the onset of rheumatoid arthritis.”
If you are suffering from foot pain and think it might be caused by arthritis, you should seek the care of a podiatrist likeas Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can examine your foot pain and diagnose any potential conditions.
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. As a result, inflammation of the lining and the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur.
- Swelling & pain of the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift or deformation can occur
Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is usually necessary for the podiatrist to treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine what could have triggered the condition. The Rheumatoid Factor Test helps determine if someone is affected by the disease.
Treating RA is usually a lifelong process that includes a variety of methods and therapy. Your doctor will prescribe special shoes that help with arch and heel support, and a physical therapist will assist with joint flexibility.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Sun Lakes or Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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