Overview of Rheumatoid Arthritis Foot and Ankle Pain
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, systemic, inflammatory, autoimmune disease for which there is no cure. It affects approximately 2.1 million Americans. Patients who have rheumatoid arthritis foot pain often have pain in the metatarsal heads (balls of the feet). In fact, this is one of the more common modes of onset.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Deformities
Rheumatoid arthritis can result in multiple deformities including hallux valgus (bunions) and hammer toes (where the toes bend at the calluses and knuckle develop at the tips of the toe). There is also subluxation of the metatarsal heads where the joints in the balls of the feet and ankle become so deformed that the balls of the toes and feet become “disconnected.