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What cam make it easier to walk with rheumatoid arthritis joint deformities?

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If you’re just starting to develop claw toe, splints or tape can help straighten out your toes. (Be sure to get your doctor’s advice before you try either method.) If you’ve had claw toe for a while, a splint may not be able to straighten out the joint. To make it easier to walk:

Comfortable shoes can also make it easier to walk with bunions.

  • Put a special pad in your shoe to reduce pressure on the ball of your foot.
  • Try shoes that have an extra-deep toe box.
  • Ask a shoe repair shop to stretch the toe box where you need extra room.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: “Joint Deformities in Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Merck Manual: “Osteoarthritis of the Hand.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Bunions,” “Claw Toe.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms and Diagnosis (Beyond the Basics).”

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: “Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network: “Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).”

International Journal of Rheumatology : “Current Concepts in the Management of Rheumatoid Hand.”

University of Washington: “Hand and Wrist Arthritis.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Synovectomy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Joint Replacement.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 21, 2019

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: “Joint Deformities in Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Merck Manual: “Osteoarthritis of the Hand.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Bunions,” “Claw Toe.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms and Diagnosis (Beyond the Basics).”

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: “Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network: “Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).”

International Journal of Rheumatology : “Current Concepts in the Management of Rheumatoid Hand.”

University of Washington: “Hand and Wrist Arthritis.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Synovectomy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Joint Replacement.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 21, 2019

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