Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune response affecting the small joints of the hands and feet.  This autoimmune response triggers the body to attack its own tissues including bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons causes overactivity of the synovium.  When the synovium is acting properly it provides lubrication to the joint allowing the bones to smoothly slide on top of each other.  Overactivity of the synovium causes inflammation and damage to the joint and surrounding supportive tissue.

 

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot

  • Pain (commonly on the ball of the foot, toes, or ankles)
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Appearance of deformities
  • Rheumatoid nodules of the foot

 

Complication of Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot

  • Weakened ligaments may lead to joint deformities
  • Softening of the bone may lead to stress fractures and collapse of the bone
  • Dislocated toe joints
  • Flatfoot deformity

 

Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot

ASTR uses holistic, noninvasive and pain free approaches to relieving inflammation and pain without the use of medication.  Our doctors use patented ASTR tools to break down and clear the existing scar tissue and myofasical restriction in patients.  Specific special exercise programs are given to patients that are designed to reduce inflammation and strengthen the muscle to bring the patient back to a normal functioning and activity.