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Rheumatoid Arthritis in Different Parts of the Foot

Tuesday, 10 August 2021 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can affect any part of the body, and it often affects the small joints of the feet. In fact, over 90% of people with RA experience foot and ankle symptoms. The inflammation caused by RA leads to damage of the ligaments and tissues that support your bones. This can cause the ankle and back of the foot to move out of alignment, leading to pain and difficulty while trying to move the foot. The middle of the foot can flatten due to deterioration of the ligaments and cartilages that create the arch. Bunions, claw toes, corns, and calluses are also common among people with RA, as a collapsed arch and joint damage in the toes can gradually change the shape of the feet. If you have RA, it is suggested that you regularly see a podiatrist who can help you maintain your foot health.

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. Jed Wells of Foot Specialists of Corpus Christi. 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 Corpus Christi, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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