According to the scientific articles Nurses’ Health Study and the Nurses’ Health Study II, the chances of an individual contracting rheumatoid arthritis (RA) could increase based on dietary habits. The study found a 63% increase if the patient drinks soda on a regular basis. If the patient is over the age of 55, the risk can rise up to 164%.

The NHS studies involved 79,000 and 107,330 U.S. women, respectively. Every four years the participants were interviewed with approved questions on how often they drank soda. The data did not show any evident correlation between drinking diet soda and contracting RA.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a very painful disease. For foot and ankle care, visit podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of New England Foot & Anke Specialists. Dr. Tedesco can treat your podiatric 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

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 feel free to contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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