Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disorder, which also affects ligaments, cartilage, tendons and joints. A large proportion of patients with Rheumatoid arthritis have the disease in their feet, which can cause pain, swelling, deformity and collapse of the structure of the foot. Often these problems require careful assessment and investigation. In general Rheumatoid arthritis should be treated under the care of a Rheumatologist, and our surgeons work closely with local expert Consultant Rheumatologists. When surgery is required, it is tailored to the individual foot or ankle problem, and will be discussed in more detail with you. Examples of the most common operations performed for severe Rheumatoid arthritis include fusion of the big toe, forefoot reconstruction, Triple fusion, Ankle Replacement.
In these situations it is important that there is liaison between your surgeon and Consultants in other medical disciplines for example vascular surgeons, Neurologists and Neurosurgeons. At the Windsor Foot and Ankle Clinic our surgeons have close links with such specialists, both in the NHS and the private sector. When an onward referral is appropriate it can therefore easily be arranged.