Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease that can develop at any age and is more common in women. It can cause severe deformities of the joints with associated fatigue of the entire body. People who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis often develop severe forefoot problems such as bunions, hammertoes and dislocations. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the joints. In rheumatoid arthritis, the autoimmune response can lead to permanent and painful changes in the joints.
In rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune defect causes healthy cells to be attacked, releasing enzymes. These enzymes attack the surrounding tissues and the synovium in the joint. The joint becomes inflamed swollen and painful.
Typically rheumatoid arthritis causes joint pain and stiffness. It affects the small joints first, including the joints of the hands and feet. More than one joint usually is affected, and symptoms often appear bilaterally. Symptoms are usually worse in the morning or after rest.
Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis