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Joint Soreness in the Feet With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tuesday, 28 February 2023 00:00

Having sore feet is common with the foot condition that is known as rheumatoid arthritis. It can happen to any joint in the body, and walking can become difficult when it affects the feet. It is considered to be a disease, and it causes the membranes and joints to become swollen and inflamed. Research has shown that approximately 90 percent of people with this condition have foot pain, and the symptoms can include tenderness, stiffness, and the joints may feel warm when touched. If the ankle joints are affected, early detection can consist of having difficulty in walking up or down steps, or inclines, such as hills or ramps. Mild relief may be found when stretches are performed that can help to increase flexibility. Practicing a gentle yoga routine may help to achieve this goal. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can monitor your feet and offer you additional relief options.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.


  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation


Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Petaluma and Sonoma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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