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What are rheumatoid arthritis joint deformities?

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) used to cause major damage to hands and feet. Joints became deformed. Fingers and toes were bent out of shape. Today, these changes are less common and less severe, thanks to earlier diagnosis and better treatment. If you have RA, joint deformities are a sign that your disease isn’t under control. Medications can prevent, slow, or stop the damage that leads to deformed joints. Plus, there are many ways to ease pain and improve how well your joints work if you already have crooked or bent fingers and toes.

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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