Rheumatoid Arthritis patient Gretchen Linden struggled with both the disease and her weight. “My feet were becoming increasingly deformed,” says Linden. “By the end of 2010, I was not doing any better.” Linden would eventually be consigned to a wheelchair due to loss of mobility from the disease.
As a result, Linden eliminated wheat, processed foods, artificial sweeteners and fast food from her diet and had already given up alcohol prior due to the medication she was taking. Although Linden still feels pain, her flare ups are nowhere near as painful or common now. Linden has lost 75 pounds and plans to lose another 55 pounds to reach her ideal weight. “I knew I had to do whatever I could do to protect my joints and retain my independence,” she said.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful condition that requires medical attention. If you believe you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis you should seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr can diagnose foot conditions you may be suffering from as well as help you determine treatment options that are right for you.
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.
- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation
To learn more about proper diagnosis for rheumatoid arthritis, follow the link below.