32 year old Mary Kaufman, has been contending with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) since the age of 12. Although Kaufman can and does suffer from painful symptoms, it does not stop her from entertaining an active lifestyle, including participation in 5K marathons.

Unfortunately, running is challenging for the Freeport, Illinois resident. Kaufman’s RA makes her especially prone to incurring stress fractures. However, thanks to a considerable amount of training and medication, Kaufman has strengthened her lower extremities. Kaufman has competed in two races in 2013 and hopes to double the amount this year, wishing to be an inspiration for others with the same condition.


Rheumatoid arthritis can be a debilitating condition. If you suffer from arthritis, see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco can treat your foot and ankle related needs.

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. Pain often initially presents in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if you have a family history of RA, you may be predisposed to suffer from it as well.

Symptoms

- Swelling & 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.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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