Rheumatoid arthritis in the foot occurs in most RA patients

Stiffness, swelling and pain are common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in the foot. The symptoms usually occur in both feet. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect the ball or the sole of your foot and even the ankle.

Your ball of the foot may swell and the joints become misshapen.

In this rheumatoid arthritis photo, the baby toe is what physicians call a “claw toe”. The second toe is called a "hammer toe" because it overlaps the big toe.

The large toe also has a bunion.

Rheumatoid arthritis in the foot can be very painful. At times, I had difficulty standing on the floor without padding or in the shower without water in the tub.

The swelling in the ball of the feet also made it hard to rock forward through the ball of your feet without pain. Your body will often walk differently to avoid the worst of the pain.

Lately, my feet have not been sore.

Detoxification really helped decrease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis in the foot.

Detoxification can help shrink the deposits in the balls of my feet. I can stand without pain on a hardwood floor.

With fewer deposits in the toes and ball of the foot, your natural walking gait is returning. Even walking downstairs easily.

In fact, I’ve even danced a small part in a local Nutcracker ballet production in spite of my rheumatoid arthritis in the foot. Here I am in a red dress in the back. I'm kicking to the left in the jig as one of the parents in the party scene in Act 1.

Comfortable Shoes

Shoes that are wide enough and also have a high enough toe area help avoid any pain.

Many people with rheumatoid arthritis in the foot like the Crocs. I do, too, but a higher box for the toes would increase comfort.

Drew makes several styles of shoes. They sport extra height for the toes.

Drew even recommends certain styles for people with hammertoes or claw toes.

Comfortable Socks

If your ankles are swollen, then socks developed for diabetics may be more comfortable for people with rheumatoid arthritis in the foot.

I prefer socks of natural fibers because I don't sweat as much.

At first, it was a real chore finding socks that were stretchy enough to accomodate my bigger ankles, stayed up and were comfortable all day.

There are many brands of socks for diabetics. I like Simcan socks the best.

Having comfortable feet even with rheumatoid arthritis in the foot gives a lift to one's day. I smile everyday as I take my daily walk.

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