RA (rheumatoid arthritis) can be extremely destructiveto the feet. It can cause many deformities which can lead to pain, ulceration and sometimes amputation.
One of the most common deformities associated with RA are bunions. also known as HAV or halal abdutor values. Printing these deformities are just as important as treating them
A study done previously has shown that custom orthotics are a great way to help prevent this deformity.
‘Hallux valgus deformity is the most commonly observed forefoot deformity in patients with RA. Budiman-Mak et al.7 conducted a five-year, double-blind, randomized clinical treatment trial comparing custom orthoses with placebos for the prevention of hallux valgus deformity in the rheumatoid arthritic foot (n=102). In a logistic regression analysis, the treatment group was 73-percent less likely to develop hallux valgus deformity compared with the control group.’
So if you want to help prevent bunions or have a history of RA its important that you get some custom orthotics and and appointment with your podiatrist regular.