Using new computer-based methods, doctors in the UK have developed a way to predict an individual’s risk of contracting rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis, which causes painful swelling of the joints, is known to develop from two factors: genetic history and other external causes like smoking.
Experts at the University of Manchester and King’s College London have been researching ways to use prediction modeling to identify people at risk for developing this condition by analyzing genetic markers from blood tests and knowledge about previous smoking history. “This is an important first step in trying to develop ways to prevent the onset of rheumatoid arthritis,” said Dr. Ian Scott of King’s College.
If you are suffering from foot pain and think it might be arthritis, you should seek the care of a podiatrist likeas Dr. Jack Gorman of Bux-Mont Foot & Ankle Care Centers. Dr. Gorman can examine your foot pain and diagnose any potential complications.
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. As a result, inflammation of the lining and the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur.
- Swelling & pain of the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift or deformation can occur
Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is usually necessary for the podiatrist to treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine what could have triggered the condition. The Rheumatoid Factor Test helps determine if someone is affected by the disease.
Treating RA is usually a lifelong process that includes a variety of methods and therapy. Your doctor will prescribe special shoes that help with arch and heel support, and a physical therapist will assist with joint flexibility.
If you have any questions, contact our office located in Warminster, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.