Rheumatoid arthritis can adversely affect tissues, organs and joints in the body. A large proportion of people with rheumatoid arthritis have the disease in their feet. This can cause pain, swelling, deformity and collapse of the structure of the foot. Deformity in the foot can lead to a number of difficulties. Corns and callus may appear over points of high pressure causing pain. Swelling may mean a person can no longer wear their usual style of footwear. The collapse of the structure of the foot may lead to a ‘flat foot’ appearance that does not function well and leads to difficulty walking efficiently.
A podiatrist aims to make the rheumatoid foot more comfortable by advising on suitable footwear, treating painful pressure areas with the removal of callus and corns. Orthoses (shoe inserts) can be provided to support the foot and help it to function better. Each of these things will allow the person to remain as mobile as possible.
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