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With rheumatoid arthritis the ligaments, cartilage, and softer bone of the body is attacked by its own immune system; which is why it is known as an autoimmune disease. This chronic disease starts from the small joints of your hands and feet and works its way to different joints of the body.
How do you know if you have rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms on the feet can appear on the ball of the foot, joints, and ankles. Usually there are several joints affected simultaneously by rheumatoid arthritis. The common symptoms that a person with this condition can experience may include:
Rheumatoid arthritis usually occurs on both feet unlike with osteoarthritis where a single specific joint is attacked. The same joints on both feet are attacked. The symptoms may vary depending on the location of the rheumatoid arthritis on the foot.
The function of the hindfoot is to help in the side-to-side movement of your foot. With the progression of rheumatoid arthritis the foot alignment shifts and the bones are displaced from their normal position. The most common results are flatfoot deformity, discomfort, and pain at the area of the main tendon supporting the arch at the inside of the ankle or at its outer side under the fibula.
There is no question that rheumatoid arthritis can be a very debilitating disease and knowing that you have it is the first step in knowing how to deal with the pain. Consult with experts on how to properly care for your feet.
At Foot Solutions, we carry a wide range of shoes especially designed for sensitive feet. When these are combined with a custom arch support that matches your foot shape exactly, it can help to relieve the pressures associated with RA.