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Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Feet

Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disorder that affects millions of people worldwide, causing chronic inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joints. When it comes to RA, the feet are often overlooked despite being commonly affected. In fact, up to 90 percent of individuals with RA will experience symptoms in their feet and ankles at some point. This condition can lead to deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, and claw toes, as well as the formation of painful nodules called rheumatoid nodules. Additionally, RA can erode the cartilage and bone within the joints, resulting in severe pain and difficulty walking. Foot pain and deformities can significantly impair mobility and diminish quality of life for individuals with RA. Early diagnosis and aggressive treatment are essential for managing symptoms and preventing irreversible damage to the joints. If your feet are showing signs of rheumatoid arthritis, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with effective relief measures.

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 Kellvan Cheng, DPM of Elite Foot & Ankle. 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.

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

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