Does having Rheumatoid Arthritis mean you can't have foot surgery?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which causes pain and inflammation of various joints in the body. As podiatrists, we see a fair number of patients with foot pain that is related to their rheumatoid arthritis. From rheumatoid nodules to severe bunion and hammertoe deformities, the effects of rheumatoid arthritis can be very debilitating. In some cases, surgery is indicated to correct the deformity of the foot. Having RA does not in and of itself mean you cannot have surgery. However, your rheumatologist will be contacted regarding your medication to discuss which medications can be continued throughout the weeks preceeding and after your surgery - and which should be stopped. Treating your foot requires a team approach, especially when you have an underlying condition like Rheumatoid arthritis. We will work with you doctors to ensure that your surgery and recovery go as smoothly as possible.
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