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Easing Foot Pain From Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tuesday, 05 July 2022 00:00 Written by 

When you spend a lot of your time on your feet there is a good chance that you will experience foot pain at some point. This likelihood increases when you have rheumatoid arthritis. Experts say that most people with rheumatoid arthritis have daily pain in the feet and ankles. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the joints in your body, specifically the synovial fluid that keeps the joints moving smoothly. Since the feet and ankles have so many joints they are common targets, causing inflammation, swelling, and pain. Being overweight compounds the problem of rheumatoid arthritis by adding more pressure to the foot and ankle joints. As a result, lower-impact exercises such as swimming, biking, and yoga are recommended as a way to maintain a healthy weight. Several specific exercises can help as well as wearing shoes with deep cushioning and a wider base. In addition, certain medications are available to confront the pain of RA flare-ups. If you have foot or ankle pain from rheumatoid arthritis that interferes with your daily activities, it is suggested to see a podiatrist for treatment options that work best for you.  

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. Catherine J. Minnick of Illinois. 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 offices located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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