My feet have been hurting for a while likely due to my Rheumatoid Arthritis Should I see a podiatrist?

My feet have been hurting for a while and there are getting worse, most likely is because of my RA. Should I see a podiatrist?

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If you don't mind me asking, what kind of "hurt"? I know that's a silly question.. But I'm just wondering if my feet pain is similar to others

Brandi Mcmillan
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Like if am walking on needles, tingly feeling too all day, very sore to the touch

Karen Kramer 3 years

hello.. Happening to me too. My left foot its cramping, numb ano tingling feeling and doesnt go away.. İ told my rheumatologist and said just wait for it to become normal. But i guess it has something to do with my RA and MTX

Lyndon Cortez 3 years

Mine are just getting worse as the weeks go by... İf I continue like this I will be using a cane by my 44th birthday

Karen Kramer 3 years

We must take time to rest when we need to. If you are on your feet often, maybe try to stay off of them and let the inflammation decrease.

Joyce Gallegos 3 years

My RA doctor recommended it. They can do scans, xrays etc and show you exercises. I got a lot of info, should have gone years ago.

Kristen Boudreaux
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My podiatrist is who suggested I get checked for RA. I have pain in the heels and outer sides of both my feet. It sometimes runs up the middle underneath. I also have PF. Ice rollers help a lot.

Gina Brown
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Did he recommend that based off of your feet pain?

Brandi Mcmillan 3 years

Where do you get an ice roller. I just use my dogs tennis ball. An ice roller sounds much better!

Kristen Boudreaux 3 years

Yes, because they weren't healing from treatments. I have orthodics, do daily stretches, and many medrol packs.

Gina Brown 3 years

Freeze water bottles and roll on your feet against the floor. I just rinse/wipe them off and put back in the freezer.

Gina Brown 3 years

Oh ok, and you ended up being diagnosed with RA? Sorry for so many questions.. I've been battling feet pain for like 5 months now- and no diagnosis, my Rhemy thinks I have PF and nothing RA at this time. I don't feel he's right

Brandi Mcmillan 3 years
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I saw a foot surgeon for my foot issue and he also recommended me to get tested for RA. Now it has spread to my other foot. The pain and swelling is in the ball of both feet where my toes join to my foot bones.

Isis Griggs
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Do you all who's experiencing the foot pain, also have other symptoms ? (Hands or fingers)

Brandi Mcmillan
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Yes I do. Feet and hands ankles. All feel like they've been hit by a sledgehammer at end of day or after sitting or standing to long. I have RA and planter fasciitis

Nana Blanchard 3 years

Do you have all over foot pain? Or is it just joints in feet?

Brandi Mcmillan 3 years

Yes, my left jaw joint is painful and now when I eat it grinds and crunches. My fingers are starting to be affected too.

Isis Griggs
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So sorry I had a lot of jaw problems several years ago. I had a ent give me jaw injections of cortisone. Thank the lord they worked because I've had a lot of things done but that one was memorable

Nana Blanchard 3 years

Yes, My thumb is having trigger finger. Since off meds, it has gotten worse. Still trying to figure out what will work for it.

Kristen Boudreaux
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For any finger, hand or wrist joint issues I strongly recommend going to see a certified hand therapist (CHT). They are usually occupational therapists, sometimes physical therapists, that specialize in the hand and wrist. I am going to see one this afternoon. I asked my rheumatologist for a referral which he gave me, but it turns out I needed a referral from my primary care in order for insurance to cover the visit. I saw one two years ago when I was first diagnosed and it was very helpful. Here is a link to find one: https://www.htcc.org/find-a-cht

Laurel Woodall 3 years

Laurel Woodall I will do that, thanks!

Kristen Boudreaux 3 years

Yes, pain in the shoulder, elbow, hands, and feet. Sometimes knees. It changes. Always in shoulder and feet though

Gina Brown
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Yes, hands, hips and lately my spine, sometimes my right knee or shoulders

Karen Kramer
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Didnt help me a bit

Laurel Schaffer
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Soaking them in epsom salts helps

Marian Harding
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Put them up on a pillow

Sue Ballard
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A physical therapist fixed my issue after a podiatrist made it worse.

Ashley Munoz
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How did that happen? What did they do?

Karen Kramer 3 years