How to Slow the Progression of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Progress is one of those things that’s generally considered a virtue. Progress has led to a number of enormously helpful advancements, like better long-distance communication, better medical procedures, and better standards of living. However, there are times when something progressing is not good—particularly when that progress is rheumatoid arthritis worsening. Unfortunately, this autoimmune disease can and does get worse with time. Active treatment, though, should slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.
Because this arthritis is an autoimmune disease and does not have a cure, treatment for it centers around eliminating pain, maintaining joint function, and preventing flare-ups. Preventing flare-ups and managing the condition can also help slow down the progress of the disease. Without this care, the inflammation can deform and impair your joints and spread throughout your body.
The key is to put the disease in remission, so there’s no active inflammation affecting your joints. Here are some treatments that help slow down the progression of rheumatoid arthritis:
- Medication – Medicine to decrease your inflammation and suppress your immune system will be important. This prevents damage in the inflamed tissues and stops your immune system from attacking your joints.
- Daily exercises – While this can be painful, exercising and using your joints daily will be important for maintaining your range of motion and limb function. Low-impact activities like water aerobics and walking are best.
- Diet changes – Foods have a big impact on foot health. Avoid foods that promote inflammation. Instead, consume antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids from fish and walnuts. Certain vitamins may help as well. This decreases inflammation in the body and promotes joint health.
Don’t underestimate the importance of mental and emotional support during this time as well. Lowering your stress is also a valuable part of managing a chronic disease like rheumatoid arthritis.
If you’ve been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in your feet and are wondering what you next steps should be, or you’ve noticed your condition progressing more recently, don’t wait to get help. Contact our experts with Family Foot & Ankle Care of Jasper for more information or a consultation to begin care for your lower limbs right away. Contact our Jasper, IN, office online or by calling (812) 481-7200 to reach us.