My rheumatologist sent me to a podiatrist, a foot doctor. Charming man. Once a client of mine. X-rays were ordered, the podiatrist way.
Standing. Weight bearing. Three views each. For the third view I climbed steps and was x-rayed at foot level. A much better test than the standard foot x-rays.
Results: persistent degenerative changes with in the feet bilaterally.
I admit that this was expected. What happens next? My doc said surgery is not the answer. As my feet get worse he feels steroid injections would be helpful.
Now it is important that I wear shoes that fit well and offer good support. I should also wear special inserts (Motion Control performance insoles by Prothotics). I got the inserts first. They are so much better than anything you will find at Target or Walmart. They have support for feet in areas that are thinning in RA.
He suggested our New Balance store or REI. New Balance was closer. They fitted the inserts and fitted me for shoes that have lots of room for my toes, heel and arch support. I got two pairs, different models. Best to alternate shoes.
Excellent shoes plus extra special support. My feet hurt a lot less. I do have much happier feet and I believe my RA will progress much more slowly.
Podiatrist+x-rays+shoes well fitted with support and cushioning+extra support with special inserts=MUCH HAPPIER FEET!