How does Rheumatoid Arthritis affect a person’s feet? When a Rheumatoid Arthritis victim’s joints become swollen or irritated, the synovium membrane becomes very thick and can develop a lot of joint fluid. This excessive amount of fluid coupled with inflammatory chemicals released by the immune system can cause swelling to the joint’s cartilage and bones.
Foot problems normally associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis can happen in the ball of a person’s foot, close to the toe area. Symptoms include the appearance of deformities, swelling, joint stiffness and intense pain when walking or standing for a long period of time. The following are a few common foot deformities and other foot problems linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis:
B Heel pain
C Achilles tendon pain
E Pain in the ankle
F Dislocated toes
Another common foot problem that many people with Rheumatoid Arthritis suffer from is called Rheumatoid Nodules or lumps. This condition can cause intense pain when Rheumatoid Nodules rub up against your shoes. These lumps may also appear on the bottom of the foot and cause pain when walking or standing. To help relieve pain caused by foot problems, it is important that you wear comfortable specialty shoes.