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Rheumatoid Arthritis

It’s estimated that over 90% of people who have rheumatoid arthritis, a long term (chronic) disease affecting the immune system, have ankle arthritis. In this type of arthritis, the lining of the joint swells and becomes inflamed, which causes permanent damage to the joint.

Unlike osteoarthritis, people with rheumatoid arthritis usually have symptoms (pain, swelling and stiffness) in both feet, affecting the same joints in each foot. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect the ankle, hindfoot, midfoot, and forefoot (the ball of the foot and the toes).

This information is written as a guide to your treatment but it is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Please contact us for advice if you are worried about any aspect of your health or recovery.