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Rheumatoid Arthritis and the Feet

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of autoimmune disease that often attacks the feet and ankles first. This type of arthritis comes from the immune system attacking joint linings and weakening ligaments. It can result in pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity, and it can impact balance and mobility making it hard to stand or walk safely.  Nodules or lumps on the feet can rub against shoes when walking and hammertoes or bunions can develop. This type of arthritis is three times more apt to affect women than men. As the disease progresses, the joint damage can become so severe that there is a complete loss of joint function and joint-replacement surgery is necessary. If you are suffering from the discomfort of rheumatoid arthritis in your feet or ankles, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for suggestions on how to live life more comfortably.

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 one of our podiatrists of Accent Podiatry Associates. Our doctors 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Arlington and Mansfield, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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