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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints, leading to pain, swelling, and eventually, joint damage and deformity. RA can affect many joints throughout the body, including those in the feet. 


At a Functional Podiatrist, the treatment of RA in the feet may include:

  • Orthotics: Custom-made orthotics can provide support and stability to the feet, reducing pain and improving balance and gait.

  • Footwear modification: The podiatrist may recommend changes to footwear to reduce pressure on the feet and improve comfort.

  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help to improve strength, flexibility, and balance in the feet and legs.

  • Off-loading devices: The podiatrist may prescribe off-loading devices, such as walking casts or braces, to relieve pressure on specific areas of the foot and reduce pain.

  • Foot and ankle surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct foot deformities and improve mobility.

  • It is important for patients with RA to work closely with their podiatrist and other healthcare providers to manage their disease and prevent foot problems. A comprehensive treatment plan, including regular foot exams, can help to improve the patient's quality of life and reduce the risk of foot and ankle complications.

  • It's also important to note that while a Functional Podiatrist can provide treatments to manage the symptoms of RA in the feet, the underlying cause of RA is a systemic condition that requires medical management by a rheumatologist.

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