Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Feet

Picture of rheumatoid arthritis in the foot

Rheumatoid arthritis may cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and tenderness in foot joints. If the disease progresses, joints may become distorted and disabled. Pain and tenderness is common under the ball of the foot. The joints between the foot and the toes (metatarsophalangeal joints) swell and move, causing the toes to curl and overlap. The big toe may bend inward (hallux valgus). The middle toes may bend into a claw-shaped curl (hammer toe).

Current as of: April 30, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Nancy Ann Shadick MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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