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What is Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Foot and Ankle?


Rheumatoid arthritis is when certain cells of the immune system work incorrectly and cause inflammation in the lining of joints, most often in the hands and feet.

In some people, this chronic inflammation creates damage to the cartilage and bones in the joint. This problem can lead to permanent joint destruction, deformity, and disability.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Foot and Ankle

Foot problems caused by rheumatoid arthritis often happen in the ball of the foot, near the toes. The most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are pain, swelling, joint stiffness, and problems walking.

Deformities and conditions associated with rheumatoid arthritis may include:


Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Foot and Ankle

Rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed via an examination by an experienced foot and ankle doctor, as well as blood tests. The foot and ankle doctor may order x-rays and/or other imaging tests.

Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Foot and Ankle

While treatment of rheumatoid arthritis focuses on the medication prescribed by a patient's primary doctor, a foot and ankle surgeon can develop a treatment plan aimed at relieving the pain of rheumatoid arthritis in the foot and ankle.

The plan may include one or more of the following options:

Surgical Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Foot and Ankle

When rheumatoid arthritis produces pain and deformity in the foot that is not relieved through other treatments, surgery may be required. The foot and ankle surgeon will select the procedure best suited for the patient.

Remember, any type of foot or ankle pain is never normal. A foot and ankle doctor can examine your feet and give you the best course of action.

Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak to a foot and ankle specialist about your foot and/or ankle needs.


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