Studies Indicate Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Blood Clots in the Legs

Rheumatoid ArthritisSeveral studies were conducted that shows rheumatoid arthritis, or chronic inflammation, has been linked to a higher instance of blood thickening. 77% of the patients affected by rheumatoid arthritis are women, with the average age of diagnosis 52. One in five of these patients were over the age of 65.

These rheumatoid arthritis patients were also likely to have underlying conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The analysis further revealed that patients with rheumatoid arthritis were more likely to develop fatal blood clots, three times more likely to develop a DVT, or deep vein thrombosis, and twice as likely to develop a pulmonary embolism, or PE. Alarmingly, between 11-30% of people who are diagnosed with either a DVT or PE have died within 30 days of their diagnosis.

Early detection of foot deformities arthritis can help prevent more severe secondary mechanical strains. If you are suffering from foot pain and think it might be caused by arthritis, you should seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield DPM of Greenfield Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can examine your foot pain and rule out other conditions, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, to help in a diagnosis of arthritis.

Arthritic Foot Care

In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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