by Dr. David R. Northcutt
Dr. David Northcutt is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.
“Another type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. This is a less common type of arthritis. This is a disease in which certain cells of your body and your immune system attack healthy joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation in the lining of the joints, oftentimes in the joints of the hands and in the feet. Foot pain and problems caused by rheumatoid arthritis occur oftentimes in the ball of the foot. The most common signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are related foot problems, in addition to the abnormal appearance of deformities, are pain, swelling, joint stiffness, and difficulty walking.
A few of the foot conditions associated with rheumatoid arthritis include dislocated toe joints, hammertoes, bunions, and rheumatoid nodules. Rheumatoid nodules are bumps that can form in the feet or ankles that can cause pain with weight or with rubbing.
Rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed on the basis of a clinical examination as well as blood tests. Often a referral to a rheumatologist is made. Long-term treatment of rheumatoid arthritis focuses on medications prescribed by your primary doctor or rheumatologist. We can help form a plan that help to relieve pain and symptoms associated with the foot and ankle specifically.
This typically includes custom orthotics, steroid injections, and accommodative shoes are often used as well. Occasionally surgery is needed with rheumatoid arthritis, to reduce pain and deformity, if the foot does not relieve through other non-surgical methods. A surgery plan is devised and is based on the procedures best suited to your pain, deformity, and lifestyle. Please give us a call here at Dallas Podiatry Works, if you have any of these symptoms. We’d be happy to be a part of your healthcare team.”