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Pediatric Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Feet

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, or JRA, can significantly impact a child's feet, leading to symptoms like swollen, stiff, painful joints, and warmth in the affected area. These symptoms can cause difficulty in walking, often observed as limping, particularly in the morning when stiffness is at its worst. The condition varies in how it presents itself. Symptoms can be intermittent, ranging from mild to intense, and they may persist for years. In JRA, several types affect the feet differently. Pauciarticular JRA, the most common form, typically affects up to four joints, often including those in the ankles or toes. JRA affects five or more joints and often involves the small joints in the toes. Systemic JRA and spondyloarthritis, while less common, can also impact foot health, with systemic JRA potentially causing long-term joint damage. If your child suffers from JRA and has foot discomfort, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment that will help restore easier movement.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our doctors of Favor Foot Ankle Leg & Wound Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in South Amboy and Edison, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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