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Michael E. Newman, DPM
Plymouth Meeting (610) 941-6111


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xrayFindings from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Nurses’ Health Study II show that drinking sugary soda frequently could increase some women’s chances of getting rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Scientists studied more than 180,000 U.S. women and discovered that those who drank at least one serving of soda a day had a 63% greater chance of developing seropositive RA than those who didn’t.

Drinking a lot of soda has been known to cause a lot of other health problems as well, including cardiovascular illness and Type 2 diabetes. The researchers conducting the Nurses’ Health Studies found no correlation between soda and seronegative RA. They also concluded that diet soda had little impact on the women’s chances of getting arthritis.

If you have rheumatoid arthritis in your feet, you could probably benefit from treatment from a medical professional. To get help with the symptoms of your RA, see podiatrist Dr. Michael Newman, DPM of Pennsylvania. Dr. Newman will evaluate the severity of your condition and do everything he can to ease your discomfort.

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.

For more information about Rheumatoid Arthritis, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in Plymouth Meeting and Ambler, PA. We offer the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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