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Flint, MI 48532

Musculoskeletal Problems in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks and destroys otherwise healthy cells in the lining of the joints. There are several groups of joints in the lower limbs that are frequently affected by RA. The interphalangeal joints, which are located between the bones that make up the toes, and the metatarsophalangeal joints, which connect your toe bones to the rest of your foot, can become stiff, swollen, and inflamed. Hammertoes or claw toes may develop over time, keeping the toes bent at uncomfortable angles. The subtalar joint, located between the heel bone and the bone that connects your foot to your leg, and the ankle joints, can also become stiff, restricting the range of motion in your feet and ankles. If you have RA, it is suggested that you seek the ongoing care of a podiatrist.

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 one of our podiatrists of Community Podiatry Group. 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 office located in Flint, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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