Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Struggle with Impaired Range of Motion
What is Rheumatoid Foot Deformity?
Common Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Environmental and chemical triggers
- Family heredity and hormones
- Unhealthy lifestyle
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Foot-related deformities and conditions associated with rheumatoid arthritis include:
- Severe plantar fasciitis (Swelling tissue at the bottom of the foot, near the heal)
- Metatarsophalangeal/MTP joint dislocations (joint in the big toe)
- Difficulty walking with inability to bear weight on feet
- Forefoot joint dislocations
- Rheumatoid nodules (swollen or bumpy metatarsophalangeal joints)
- Severe toe contractures including hammertoes and hallux valgus (bunions)
- Ankle pain
- Achilles tendon discomfort
- Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
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Conservative/Non-Surgical Treatment Options:
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medication (NSAIDs) – Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications are used initially to reduce swelling and painful conditions.
- Foot Orthotics and Braces – Your surgeon will often match patients with custom orthotic devices to provide cushioning for rheumatoid nodules, reduce pain while walking and provide support to improve foot mechanics.
- Rocker Bottom Shoes – Your surgeon may prescribe you with good rheumatoid arithmetic shoes, such as Rocker Bottom. Footwear such as this will provide extra depth padding with removable insoles. Proper arch support, outsole cushion and progressive shock absorption all aim to decrease foot joint strain and prevent new damage from developing.
- Stress Joint Reduction Activities – Regular physical activity from exercise, yoga and meditation can be performed at work or home and wherever you may be.
- Steroid injections – Steroid injections of anti-inflammatory medication may be administered directly to the inflamed Metatarsophalangeal joints or to rheumatoid nodules.
- Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy – PRP therapy uses a patient’s own blood to relieve pain by promoting long-lasting healing for musculoskeletal conditions, especially rheumatoid arthritis. Concentrated platelets that contain proteins, including proteins initiate tissue repair and regeneration to stimulate the healing process.