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Childhood Rheumatoid Arthritis

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, or JRA, a chronic autoimmune disorder, occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues, leading to joint inflammation and damage. While the exact cause remains elusive, genetic predisposition and environmental factors likely play significant roles. Children with a family history of autoimmune diseases are at higher risk, although JRA can affect anyone. Symptoms may include joint stiffness, swelling, and pain, particularly in the feet and ankles. In some cases, JRA can lead to complications like joint deformities and growth problems. Diagnosing this condition involves a thorough evaluation of symptoms, medical history, and physical exams, often supplemented with blood tests and imaging studies. If your child has foot or ankle joint pain, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can collaborate with other relevant healthcare professionals to tailor a treatment plan that can relieve pain, maintain joint function, and prevent deformities.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Steven Black, DPM of California . Our doctor 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 office located in Lancaster, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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