- Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can affect the joints in your foot and ankle.
- RA in the foot can cause inflammation, swelling, and painful symptoms.
- Luckily there are a variety of strategies you can try to help relieve RA-related foot pain.
- In some cases, surgery may be necessary.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease that causes your immune system to attack healthy cells. When rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints in your foot and ankle, it causes inflammation, swelling, and painful symptoms. In some cases, the pain can be so severe that even wearing shoes can be unbearable.
The good news is you can manage your foot pain by keeping your rheumatoid arthritis under control. In this article, we’ll first look at why rheumatoid arthritis causes foot pain and then discover effective ways to relieve it. Let’s get into it!
Why Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Cause Foot Pain?
Rheumatoid arthritis can cause inflammation in many joints of the body and the feet are no exception. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) explains that rheumatoid arthritis causes overactivity in the lining that covers your joints, called synovium. This results in swelling, and inflammation. Over time, the joints, ligaments, and other tissues that support the foot become destroyed which can lead to pain.
The source also notes that weakened ligaments can cause joint deformities. Some common deformities of the foot include claw toe or hammertoe.