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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Your Feet | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Your Feet
 

There are two kinds of arthritis: osteoarthritis, also known as “wear and tear” arthritis, is joint and cartilage deterioration that comes with age. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease of the immune system in which some cells attack healthy joints, causing inflammation, pain and swelling.  Most patients with Rheumatoid arthritis that we see at Central Jersey Foot & Ankle Care are under the care of a rheumatologist. However, our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo and Dr. Rajan Patel can devise treatment plans and manage the symptoms of RA that affect your feet.

Podiatric Conditions Caused by RA

Many of the foot conditions associated with RA occur in the ball of the foot (although other areas of the feet and ankles can also be affected). Usual symptoms are those typical of arthritis: pain and swelling of the joints, stiffness and trouble walking. Deformities and foot problems that can be caused by RA include:

 

Treatment

Depending on the specific conditions that are affecting your feet, the podiatrist has several options for relieving your symptoms:

Aspiration—removing fluid from an inflamed area, which can reduce pain and swelling.

Steroid injections—made directly into an affected joint or nodule to cut down on pain and inflammation.

Accommodative Footwear—shoes that relieve pressure and pain and make walking easier.

Orthotic Devices—custom designed inserts for shoes that can give extra cushioning and help correct foot mechanics, as well as minimize foot pain.

In some instances if the deformity is too severe and or the condition has progressed too rapidly, then surgery may be the only opinion. Your podiatrist wants to help relieve your pain. If you have Rheumatoid Arthritis, be sure to make your foot doctor your partner in care for your feet and minimize the damage from this difficult disease. Contact our Aberdeen office if you have more questions.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Your Feet, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen