Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis is not one disease but, in fact, scores of musculoskeletal disorders with many different causes. Arthritis damages bones, joints, muscles, cartilage, and other connective tissues. Arthritis can dramatically limit the activity of those who suffer from it. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic autoimmune disease that primarily attacks the lining of the joints, causing painful swelling that can lead to bone erosion and joint deformity. If not addressed, RA is especially damaging to the joints of the feet and hands.

Symptoms, Causes and Common Treatments

Rheumatoid Arthritis


  • Joint pain

  • Joint deformity especially in the feet and hands

  • Swelling of the joints


Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system attacks the lining of the membranes that surround the joints. The cause is unknown, though there is strong belief that there is a genetic component that makes some people more susceptible to factors such as infection with certain viruses and bacteria that may trigger RA.

Common Treatments

  • Reduce pressure on painful joints

  • Ensure proper alignment of the feet and ankles

  • Add arch supports (orthotics) to shoes

  • Wear supportive shoes

  • Custom orthotics and expert selected shoes can reduce friction, stabilize joints, as well as improve foot position and function. In addition, the right footwear and orthotics can reduce pain, stiffness, and swelling related to RA.

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Foot Solutions Products

  • Custom-fitted, custom-crafted arch supports (orthotics)

  • Over-the-counter arch supports (orthotics)

  • Supportive sandals, dress and athletic shoes

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