Friday, June 26, 2009 IrisRose, Community Member, asks

Q: My feet feel bruised an d very sore could this be part of RA

my husband has been diagnosed with RA this year, but his doctor gave him very little information.  The past few days his feet have been very sore - he says it feels like a stone bruise but all over his foot especially the ball of his foot and his heel.  It is very painful to walk.  The left one hurts more than the right one.  Is this common with RA or could it be something else?

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Brad, Health Guide
6/27/09 1:08am

My feet are the same way, balls of both feet and my ankles. I use a cane that helps somewhat, I am going to a dr to get special shoes made next month to support them. Might want to ask his RA doc or PCP for a referral to an Orthotic lab. Hope he feels better.



Julie Robbins, Community Member
6/26/09 1:34pm

Hi, I think it is part of the RA. (I have concluded this on my own). I too have had problems with my feet. I used to like to walk and about two years ago my feet started hurting and had to stop. I don't remember any injuries to them. It got to the point that when I got home from work I would have to sit down and let my family fix dinner. Then last fall I was at Walmart and found some supports for arthritic feet it said so I gave then a try. They have been wonderful. I can just now walk around the house without them now and not have any pain. They are made by Mueller.


They still bother some but they are now tolerable. Hope this helps.



Lene Andersen, Health Guide
6/28/09 9:35pm

Just to add a note.  It's important to have rheumatologist who will work with you as a team and who will take time to answer your questions. I'd encourage your husband to go back to his doctor with a list of questions - it's easy to be overwhelmed in the office and writing the questions down can help you make sure you get the answers you need. If his doctor continues to not work with him, I would recommend he gets a second opinion - for tips on what makes a good rheumatologist, click here. When you have a chronic illness, it's important to become a strong advocate for yourself and you can read more about that here. You and your husband may also want to check out our area about the basics of RA and the section for the newly diagnosed for posts about how to cope with the various aspects of living with RA.

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By IrisRose, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/04/10, First Published: 06/26/09