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Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Feet

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is when the immune system attacks the tissue of the joint lining, causing painful inflammation and stiffness. RA can hit many parts of the body, including the feet. Symptoms include stiff, painful joints and ligaments, aching in the feet during prolonged standing or activity, unusual warmth of the feet, and swelling in the toe joints or ankles. If untreated, more serious symptoms, such as bursitis, hammertoes, and skin and circulatory issues can develop. With increasing age, overall health, and time spent on one’s feet, flare-ups can become more severe and painful. RA cannot be cured, but when symptoms are present, one can use the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), soak feet in warm water, wear open toed shoes, get orthotics, follow an anti-inflammatory diet, take anti-inflammatory medication, or wear braces/boots to relieve joint pressure. Surgery may be called for if nothing else works. If you have RA, regular visits with a podiatrist are suggested to help you best handle foot problems that may arise from your condition.

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 Dr. John Branwell of Kearny, New Jersey. 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 Kearny, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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