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What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory condition in which the body’s immune system attacks it’s own tissues, in this case the small joints in your body. Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage in joints wears down over time.

Elizabeth Pedersen, MD, FRCSC, et al. Outcome of Total Ankle Arthroplasty in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Noninflammatory Arthritis. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. November 2014. Vol. 96-A. No. 21. Pp.1768-1775.

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