The Feet and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and may begin at any time in life. This type of condition attacks the joints in the body and can cause pain and discomfort. It can progress quickly, and the joints often become swollen and red. Many patients notice the disease affects the same joints on both sides of the body and may be felt in the balls of the feet. Patients may feel generally unwell and can easily become fatigued. The majority of people who have rheumatoid arthritis will have foot pain, and relief is often sought. Additionally, the foot may change shape, and nodules in the joints may form. The joints in the foot that are most affected are the ankle, talonavicular, and metarsocunieform joints. Relief may be found when custom-made orthotics are worn, which may help to reduce painful symptoms. If you have foot pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat rheumatoid arthritis. 

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 Frank Henry, DPM of Marble Falls, TX. 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 Marble Falls, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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