Scientists May Have Found a New Way to Screen for Foot and Ankle Arthritis

Ankle Arthritis Research at the University of Manchester and King’s College London has been pioneering a new method of determining who is likely to get arthritis by using computer-based modeling. Scientists already know that patients who develop rheumatoid arthritis in areas like the feet and ankles contract it through their genes, their bad habits like smoking, or both. But now,

By combining what they know about a patient’s external factors with what they learn from the models, they will be able to predict who is at risk more accurately than ever. “This is an important first step in trying to develop ways to prevent the onset of rheumatoid arthritis,” claimed Dr. Ian Scott of King’s College.

Rheumatoid arthritis usually develops as people grow older, and can be tough to deal with. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce Greenfield of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will discuss your condition with you and inform you of the best options you can choose.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occurs, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain often initially presents in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if you have a family history of RA, you may be predisposed to suffer from it as well.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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