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How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the Feet

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints. Because the feet have numerous joints, they are often a target for this disease. Tenderness, swelling, and stiffness in the joints are the major symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis or RA. Loss of range of motion and joint deformity are other symptoms. Foot deformities, such as bunions or hammertoes, can be caused by the erosion of the joints from RA. Because there is such a high risk of damage to the feet because of rheumatoid arthritis, it is wise to get a diagnosis sooner than later. Treatment can include medication, low-impact exercises, customized orthotics, and footwear recommendations. A podiatrist can fit the patient with orthotics built to fit the foot precisely and provide the necessary support and cushioning. For more information on how to deal with rheumatoid arthritis that is affecting the feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

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. Joshua David Scoll of Pennsylvania. 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 one of our offices located in Philadelphia, Bensalem, and Fairless Hills, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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