Researchers at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium have developed a digital 3D foot scanner that can identify signs of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) before they become conventionally visible. As reported in the journal Arthritis Care and Research, the scanner was able to detect irregularities in the feet of arthritic patients that earlier tests had been unable to find. This 3D scanner may therefore prove to be an important tool in early detection and diagnosis of RA.
This new digital scanner is good news for patients suffering from RA because it allows podiatrists to tackle the problem right at its source. If you have rheumatoid arthritis or foot pain you think might be associated with RA, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce Theall of Gentle Touch Foot Care. Dr. Theall can determine if your foot pain or ankle pain is being caused by RA and determine the appropriate treatment options.
Arthritic Foot Care
In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.
It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.
Alleviating Arthritic Pain
Specific exercises may help; stretching the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury. Stretching can also increase your mobility. Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, as well as topical medications with capsaicin. Massages can also help to alleviate pain temporarily.
It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions may vary, and a foot specialist can help you determine the right health care for your feet.
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