What is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Foot and Ankle?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is type of inflammatory arthritis that causes swelling of the joints and hands. The majority of rheumatoid arthritis suffers eventually develop a rheumatoid foot or hand.  A rheumatoid foot generally begins in the toes and forefoot as well as the hindfoot before eventually moving into the ankle.

At the Orlando Orthopaedic Center our board certified specialists provide treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, including rheumatoid foot.  Not only are our foot and ankle specialists board certified in forefoot surgery, they are among only a few Central Florida physicians board certified in reconstructive rear foot/ankle surgery.  If you or a loved one are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, turn to the experts at the Orlando Orthopaedic Center.

What Are Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Options?

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.

What Are Common Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms?

  • Pain and swelling in multiple joints
  • Joint stiffness
  • Pain and/or swelling in the hands
  • Pain and/or swelling in the feet

If you believe you may be suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, or are suffering from abnormal pain in your joints, hands and feet; seek medical attention as soon as possible.  The spread of RA can be significantly diminished with proper treatment.

At the Orlando Orthopaedic Center our joint specialists provide rheumatoid arthritis treatment options.  Whether you are in the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis or are suffering from advanced RA; our specialists are here to help you through every step of the treatment and rehabilitation process.  If you are interested in learning more about how rheumatoid arthritis treatment can provide relief from your RA symptoms, schedule a consultation with one of our specialists today.