In the Oxford Foot and Ankle Centre we see different forms of the arthritic foot but most commonly we treat those with a rheumatoid foot or an osteoarthritic foot.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic, inflammatory condition that affects many tissues and organs but mainly attacks joints, and many people with RA have the disease in their feet which can cause swelling, deformity and the collapse of the structure of the foot. Corns and callus may form over the points of high pressure.
The podiatric approach can look to ease the pressure points by off-loading with specially designed orthotics, advise on specially designed footwear. Regular treatments can keep the pressure areas more comfortable and prevent more serious problems occurring and above all seek to keep the rheumatoid foot mobile and pain free.