Patients living with rheumatoid arthritis may experience symptoms which cannot be detected by just looking at their body. Even squeezing and poking the tissues surrounding tender joints may not make swelling entirely obvious. Doctors often have to trust that when we say, “ouch,” we really do mean it.
There have been times where one of my RA symptoms was the “walking on
rocks” sensation in my feet. Really quite unpleasant. Some people
might describe this sensation as walking on marbles or walking on
pebbles. Researchers at the University of Southampton aim to improve
the health and mobility of RA patients who experience the “walking on marbles” pain.
Last fall one of our health guides, V, asked, “Anyone else feel as though they are walking on rocks?” Responses to her question reveal that this is truly a common complaint.
Investigators have developed new ways of using diagnostic ultrasound
and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) techniques to assess a patient’s
feet, specially the area around the ball of the foot and toes.
Previously, it was thought that this pain was due to walking on joints
which were directly affected by RA.
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"Walking on Rocks": An Invisible Complication of RA