There are many patients who are afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis who may experience discomfort in the big toe, in addition to painful ankles and joints. This may result in difficulty in walking, which may hinder completing daily activities. There are specific conditions that may develop if rheumatoid arthritis is present, and these include the formation of bunions, hammertoe, or plantar fasciitis. Additionally, it may be beneficial to wear shoes that fit properly which have adequate room for the toes to move about in. This may put less pressure on the joints in the toes, and a moderate level of relief may be attained. Research has indicated there may be measures that can be implemented to reduce a portion of the pain and discomfort that is associated with this condition, and these include maintaining a healthy body weight, avoiding standing for the majority of the day, and engaging in a massage or warm foot bath. If you have symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, it is strongly advised to speak to a podiatrist who can properly guide you toward proper treatment.
Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Davis of Davis Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.
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 occur, 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.
- Swelling and 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. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.