Arthritis a common term for a joint disorder. There are over 100 types of arthritis. With so many types of arthritis it's important to have your doctor accurately diagnosis your condition and to seek treatment. If left untreated, arthritis may cause complications to the body’s organs, as well as deformity of the hands and feet.
Common types of arthritis:
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) – one of the most common types of arthritis – affects more than 1.5 million adults in the United States. RA is a systemic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet, but unlike other forms of arthritis, RA also is an autoimmune disease. With RA, the immune system attacks the body’s tissues specifically the thin membranes that line the joints – putting the entire body at risk for joint inflammation.
- Osteoarthritis - the degeneration or "wear and tear" of a joint caused by overuse of joints. Osteoarthritis affects more than 33 million adults in the United States.
Signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:
- Swelling or tenderness in joints
- Stiffness or limited range of motion that may last for hours, typically during the morning
- Pain, redness or warm in joint area
- Fatigue, fever and weight loss