I might have arthritis. What tests are essential for diagnosis?

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I am 33 year old male. My foot have started hurting for some time now whenever i walk. My orthopaedic doctor ruled out plantar fasciitis and said it might be vitamin d deficiency. I want to get a second opinion and I feel my other symptoms lean towards arthritis.

My question is, what blood tests or other body scans are essential to effectively diagnose arthritis ?

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    did the ortho take x-rays. these often show early signs of arthritis. i would see a podiatrist they only have advanced knowledge on all feet problems. for vit-d a blood test can answer if levels are low.

    of course according to standard test evaluations across the board many are low in vit d especially this time of year and should be added as a daily vit.

    last slways wear shoes with good supportive arches.

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    there are so many different tests and types of arthritis. do a search and you'll find many.

    see a rheumatologist they will help get you on track.

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    There are several tests available from x-rays to CT scans to arthoscopy. Depending on your age, pain and mobility a rheumatologist would suggest the test(s) to be done for prognosis.

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    Diagnosis of arthritis typically involves a combination of medical history, physical examination, and lab tests. The following tests are often used to diagnose arthritis:

    **Blood tests:


    Complete Blood Count (CBC)

    Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)

    C-Reactive Protein (CRP)

    Rheumatoid Factor (RF)

    Anti-Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide (Anti-CCP)


    Imaging tests:



    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    Computed Tomography (CT) scan

    Joint fluid analysis: A sample of joint fluid can be taken and tested for signs of inflammation and infection.

    It is important to note that no single test can definitively diagnose arthritis, so the diagnosis is often made based on the results of multiple tests, in conjunction with the patient's symptoms and physical examination findings.

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