Rheumatoid arthritis ankle can affect any one, within any age group but mid aged to old aged people are likely to be more prone to this disease. Though reasons that trigger this disease are certainly non-specific but some researcher says, there may be some sort of ignition that causes rheumatoid arthritis ankle. Some of the probable causes are:
PREVIOUSLY SUSTAINED INJURY
It is widely suspected among the medical fraternity that when a person suffers from osteonecrosis or death and dullness of bone, which caused due to sudden and poor circulation of blood can be a major factor for rheumatoid arthritis ankle. Previously sustained injury such as twisted ankle, torn cartilage, and fractured ankle are some of the major factors.
Many people tend to develop fast and rapid aggravation of joints. Like many auto immune diseases genes play a vital role, some are prone to early damage and brittleness of joints.
Over weight persons are likely to cause more damage than the others. Main weight bearing joints are likely to get more effected if a patient is overweight. Overweight patients are most likely to develop some sort of arthritis in their life span. Checking ones (B M I) body mass index is appropriate way to deal with this problem; daily physical exercise can put a check on this disease if applied as an everyday routine. Once rheumatoid arthritis ankle or any form of arthritis diagnosed it is hard to do physical exercise also.
These are some of the contributory factors, but if one have to be scientifically explained it can be like this. When joints are swelled because of rheumatoid arthritis, it secretes abnormal joint fluid because synovial layer thickens. Because of this phenomena body’s excessive fluid secretion cause cartilage and bone damage of the joints.
SYMPTOMS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS ANKLE
Common symptoms are mainly swelling, pain, joint stiffness, shape deformities, and walking or movement problem. Ankle balls are likely to be effected the most but other foot joints can also be damaged due to the disease. Because of this foot and ankle deformities are quite natural but quite painstaking. Some of the common conditions are:
- Rheumatoid nodules
- Toe joint dislocation.
- Achilles tendon problems.
- Severe ankle pain.
- Hammer toes.
- Severe heel pain.
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
Like any other R A disease, blood test is the basic form of diagnosis but x ray and common imaging test are also been practiced for more precise diagnosis. Doctor’s practice general treatment of R A, which includes N S A I D. Patients facing more intense problem are given D M A R D and also corticosteroids. But apart from general medication some alternative treatment is also been applied simultaneously to give patients extra relief. They are as follows:
- Custom shaped shoes.
- Drainage and fluid aspiration approach.
- Steroid injection.
But if all these approaches fail physician might approach surgery as their last option. But doctors do measure all the accounts before finalizing it. It mainly depends whether a patient is mentally ready to undergo surgery and also their lifestyle.