Local Woman’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Doesn’t Stop Her from Running

Freeport resident Mary Kaufman, shown here at her Freeport home May 14, 2014, manages her rheumatoid arthritis with physical activity and even participates in 5k races.Mary Kaufman, 32, of Freeport, Illinois has had Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)since she was 12 years old. But in spite of her painful symptoms, she continues to live an active lifestyle, and has even started participating in 5k races.

Running can be particularly difficult for Kaufman, since the RA makes her prone to getting stress fractures in her feet, but she’s managed to strengthen her lower extremities through a combination of medication and careful training. She competed in two races last year and hopes to double that amount this year. Kaufman hopes that her story will inspire others with RA to overcome their disease and live happy, productive lives.

Kaufman is living proof that rheumatoid arthritis doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying an active lifestyle. If you have rheumatoid arthritis in your feet, consider visiting podiatrist Dr. Charles Chapelof Chapel Podiatry.Dr. Chapel will show you ways to alleviate your joint pain and assist you in keeping your feet and ankles as healthy as possible.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occurs, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain often initially presents in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if you have a family history of RA, you may be predisposed to suffer from it as well.


- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation


Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition.

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