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How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the Toes

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, can cause significant discomfort and mobility issues in the toes. The inflammation damages the toe joints and surrounding tissues, leading to deformities like hammer toe, claw toe, bunions, and corns, making simple activities like walking painful. Seeking a diagnosis from a podiatrist as early as possible allows for effective management. Treatment typically involves lifestyle adjustments, medication, and sometimes surgery, which a podiatrist can provide. Podiatrists also offer specialized care to alleviate RA symptoms and improve mobility, such as custom orthotics, suitable footwear recommendations, and joint fusion or toe reshaping if necessary. Regular checkups with a podiatrist help to monitor the effects of RA and adjust treatment as needed. By taking proactive steps and seeking professional help from a podiatrist, you can minimize the impact of arthritis on your toes and get the relief you need. If you're experiencing persistent toe pain from rheumatoid arthritis or noticing deformities on the toes, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for personalized care and support.

When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, it is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly.  If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Doctors of Utica. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric needs.

Systemic Diseases of the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

Peripheral Vascular Disease – can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

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

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