rheumatoid arthritis in the feet

Weight Loss Helps Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Feet

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 rheumatoid arthritis in the feet.

As a result, Linden eliminated wheat, processed foods, artificial sweeteners and fast food from her diet and had already given up alcohol prior 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. Neal Mozen of Foot Health Care Associates.  Dr. Mozen 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 in 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. Some symptoms of arthritis are:

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

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Southfield, MI, Livonia, MI, and Novi, MI.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

To learn more about proper diagnosis for rheumatoid arthritis, contact us today.