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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis on Feet

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disorder causing inflammation in joints, often leading to pain, stiffness, and swelling. It can affect any joint in the body, including those in the feet and ankles. Symptoms include joint tenderness, warmth, and deformities. In the feet, RA can result in bunions, hammertoes, and collapsed arches, impacting mobility, and causing discomfort. Long-term effects may include joint damage, disability, and reduced quality of life. RA commonly affects women more than men, typically starting between ages 30 and 60, but can occur at any age. While there is no cure for RA, management focuses on alleviating symptoms and preventing joint damage. If you have RA, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide specialized care for foot and ankle issues associated with RA and enhance your overall quality of life.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Zina Cappiello, DPM of Dr. Zina B. Cappiello DPM, LLC. Our podiatrist will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

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 occur, 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.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Clifton, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 05 April 2024 00:00

Are You Suffering From Nerve Damage?

Neuropathy is a condition that can lead to numbness or loss of sensation in the feet, but it can also cause pain. This condition is more likely to develop for those who are diabetic, obese, or with high blood pressure.

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Foot Hygiene and Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection of the skin, typically occurring between the toes. It thrives in warm, moist environments such as locker rooms, swimming pools, and communal showers. Poor hygiene, sweaty feet, and wearing tight, non-breathable shoes can increase the risk of infection. Prevention primarily revolves around maintaining good foot hygiene practices, including washing and thoroughly drying feet daily, especially between the toes. Wearing clean socks made of breathable materials and changing them regularly can also help prevent fungal growth. Additionally, avoiding walking barefoot in public places and wearing protective footwear in communal areas can reduce exposure to the fungus. Podiatrists play a vital role in treating athlete's foot, offering antifungal medications in various forms, such as creams, powders, or oral medications, depending on the severity of the infection. They may also give guidance on proper foot hygiene and preventive measures to minimize the risk of recurrence. If you have developed athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you the appropriate treatment method.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Zina Cappiello, DPM from Dr. Zina B. Cappiello DPM, LLC. Our podiatrist will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Clifton, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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