Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis can range from medication and exercise to surgery. Some medicines have proven to slow the progression of the disease and some steroids have been effective in reducing inflammation in RA patients. Stretching and exercise are extremely important for RA patients and have proven to help maintain range of motion.
Surgery is often necessary for patients with advanced RA of the foot. Fusion, or arthrodesis, is a common surgical procedure for those suffering from rheumatoid foot. Arthroplasty, or the replacement of the ankle joint, is another option. An arthroplasty is a relatively new procedure so it is important to keep in mind that the long term success of an arthroplasty is yet to be determined.