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Rheumatoid Arthritis In The Ankles: Symptoms And Treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis in the ankles: Symptoms and treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis is when the body’s immune system attacks its tissue. It affects the joints of different body parts. Sometimes when the situation gets worse, rheumatoid arthritis affects several organs. Like other joints of the body, it can also create problems in the ankle joint. It can cause stiffness, pain and swelling to the ankle joint. As per research, it has been noticed that almost 1% of the population worldwide.

Nature, duration and cost of treatment will depend upon the severity of the condition.

How does it occur?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune health issue, and the body starts losing its immunity power to stop the infection from damaging tissue. Lining, also known as synovium, covers the joints of the body joints. The lubricants inside the joints make it easy to move their joints. Individuals can suffer from RA due to excess movement of the lining. The lining, along with the tissues and ligaments, gets inflamed.


Many suffer from ankle inflammation and pain, but they are hardly aware of the symptoms of RA. Pain, tenderness and swollen joints are the prime symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis. Individuals can also feel joint stiffness, fatigue, fever and loss of appetite.

Rheumatoid Arthritis affects the smaller joints in the beginning. Primarily you will notice that the joints of your fingers and toes will start paining. Once the disease develops, individuals feel swelling around the knees, hips, elbows, ankles and shoulders. Besides swelling of joints, it has also been noticed that individuals will face problems with skin, eyes, lungs, kidneys, nerve tissue, bone marrow and blood vessels.


Once individuals suffer from Rheumatoid arthritis in the ankles, they need to consult with doctors. The exact reason for Rheumatoid arthritis is still unknown. Experts suggest the following options for treating RA.

  • All need to practice some exercise to the ankle joints, which can improve flexibility.
  • Once you notice that your ankles have swelled, you should not put pressure on your ankles.
  • Proper medication is necessary to heal the pain and swelling in the ankles.


Patients suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis in the knees can consult with Dr Chetan Oswal of punefootankle.

About Dr. Chetan Oswal: –

Dr. Chetan Oswal is a United Kingdom-trained Foot and Ankle specialist surgeon practising in Pune, India. He has been practising Orthopaedics for the last 12 years and is now working as a dedicated Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeon. He has been successfully managing patients including elite athletes for practically all problems related to foot and ankle.