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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Foot Health

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a chronic autoimmune condition that can affect various joints throughout the body, including those in the feet and ankles. In RA, the joints become inflamed, leading to pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function. Several foot and ankle joints commonly affected by RA include the metatarsophalangeal, or MTP joints, which connect the toes to the foot bones, as well as the subtalar and ankle joints. Inflammation in these joints can cause deformities, such as bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet, that make walking and standing difficult. Additionally, RA can lead to the formation of rheumatoid nodules, which are firm lumps that develop under the skin, often surrounding the Achilles tendon or on the toes. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential for managing RA symptoms and preventing joint damage. If you are experiencing stiffness in your feet or ankles, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can suggest treatment options.

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 the foot specialists of Spartan Podiatry. Our doctors 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 Battle Creek, and Marshall, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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