Reactive Arthritis

A condition triggered by an infection that occurs in another part of the body, most often the intestines, genitals, or urinary tract. Defining features of reactive arthritis include painful and swollen knees, ankles, or feet, as well as inflammation in the eyes, skin, or urethra.

Symptoms:

  • Joint pain in the knees, ankles, and feet
  • Heel pain
  • Swollen toes or fingers
  • Low back or buttocks pain
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Inflammation of the prostate gland or the cervix
  • Eye or inner ear inflammation
  • Skin rashes

Common causes:

  • Infection in another part of the body, often the intestines, genitals, or urinary tract

Risk Factor:

  • Gender - occurs most frequently in men 20 to 40 years old
  • Hereditary factors - genetic components may increase the chances of developing reactive arthritis if exposed to specific bacteria