Rheumatoid Arthritis


What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis. It is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis in the feet, others include psoriatic arthritis and gout. It is a progressive disease that can cause severe pain, deformity and immobility if untreated. It is an auto-immune health issue, which means that is is largely caused by your own immue system attacking itself.

Causes

The most common causes and contributing factors of Rheumatoid Arthritis include but are not limited to:

  • Autoimmunity - Although it is not known what causes this
  • Genetics
  • Hormones
  • Smoking

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis include but are not limited to:

  • Pain in joints
  • Tender joints
  • Stiffness in joints
  • Immobility
  • Low flexibilty of joints
  • Swelling
  • Deformity of the joint
  • Fatigue
  • Redness of the joint

Treatments

Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis include but are not limited to:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
  • Podiatry
  • Surgey
  • Acupuncture
  • Physical Therapy
  • Chiropractic care