What to do about rheumatoid arthritis-related ankle pain

Unlike osteoarthritis, which is an age-related condition, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This is where the body’s immune system actually begins to attack the joints as if they were a foreign invader. The result is chronic joint inflammation and a number of other symptoms that can be highly painful and debilitating. 

One of the symptoms that many people with rheumatoid arthritis suffer from is ankle pain. When the ankles become stiff and inflamed, movement can become difficult to impossible. This means nearly every aspect of normal life can become disrupted, making it difficult to perform at work, enjoy time with loved ones and engage in your favorite activities. 

While rheumatoid arthritis is not a reversible condition, there are ways to successfully manage symptoms on a long-term basis. One important part of treatment that helps many people is physical therapy sessions with a licensed therapist. To help you understand the benefits that physical therapy can offer rheumatoid arthritis-related ankle pain, we’re sharing the following information. 

Treatments for ankle pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis

How can a physical therapist help? After reviewing your treatment history and performing a physical examination and movement tests, he or she can recommend a program consisting of techniques designed to reduce pain and improve function. Traditionally, physical therapy programs consist of active techniques, performed by the patient, and passive techniques, performed on the patient by the therapist. These can include: 

  • Therapeutic exercise to strengthen and stabilize the ankles
  • Manual therapy to mobilize joints and relieve inflammation  
  • Education on lifestyle choices, including eating an anti-inflammatory diet, that can help reduce chronic inflammation

It’s helpful to take a proactive role in your treatment as you work to find relief. Keep a journal of your symptoms and what treatments seem to be the most effective in relieving them. 

Back in Motion has experience in treating rheumatoid arthritis

Our highly trained team of clinicians has extensive experience in helping patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, including people dealing with ankle pain. We promise to provide compassionate care and treat everyone who comes to us for help like family. To learn more and schedule your initial appointment, contact us today