Rheumatoid Arthritis | Galleria Podiatry

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RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Rheumatoid Arthritis (R/A) is a systemic disease which ultimately gives rise to joint deformities. R/A can present itself in the feet by:

  • deforming the toes
  • affecting the ankle joint resulting in the feet collapsing inward
  • weakening bones through osteoporosis
  • muscle pain and weakness
  • nodule growth

Your podiatrist can look at ways to:

  1. reduce pain
  2. reduce joint destruction
  3. avoid deformities
  4. improve mobility

Treatment can include all of the following:

  • reduction and prevention of calluses and corns that develop over joints and nodules.
  • padding or special insoles (orthotics) can be manufactured to relieve pressure areas and make walking more comfortable.
  • modification of footwear can make shoes more accomadative, and advice can be given on the most appropriate footwear.
  • nails can be adequately maintained especially if they become thick or ingrown (this is often a side effect of medication used in the treatment of R/A).

Pain relieving creams can be found in our ONLINE PRODUCTS section.