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:
- reduce pain
- reduce joint destruction
- avoid deformities
- 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).
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