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Difficulty with walking

Having a lot of difficulty with pain and movement. Was dx with RA 3 yrs ago. I’m 68 they said I had probably had it for awhile. I worked as a nurse until end of last year when had to retire due to problems was having from the disease. I’ve have been on several medications and either had a reaction to them or continued to stay in active flare up. I am now currently on Imuran but think it causing rapid increase in cholesterol. Also have developed a DVT which having to be on Eliquis for The Drs don’t seem to know what caused me to develop blood clot. Had no symptoms except for pain in leg so going to be seeing hematologist. Would like to know if anyone can help me with info about feet? In a lot of pain with walking. Had a bunionectomy several years ago on Rt foot but after a fall about 1 yr ago big toe is curving over other toes and have a floppy second toe. Have seen two different drs they say that joint is eroded and only thing can be done is to take out joint and that would leave me with another floppy big toe which I don’t want. But getting to where can’t walk for pain and can’t wear any shoes except flip flops. Any suggestions would be helpful thank you.

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  • Richard Faust moderator
    12 months ago

    Hi Skchristia. Sorry you are having these foot issues. Often people don’t think about the feet, but they are right up there with hands as a place where RA presents. On top of the great information from Nina, thought you might be interested in this article on RA related surgery: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/surgery-may-part-battle-ra/ and this one on one of our contributor’s experiences with looking at foot surgery: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/stepping-out/. Have you seen a podiatrist (I noticed you mentioned the doctors who previously helped with your feet, but not if they were podiatrists)? Many of our community members have noted that the specialists have made a difference. In addition, thought you might be interested in this article on finding the best orthopedic surgeons: https://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/how-can-i-find-the-best-orthopedic-surgeon. Wishing you the best and, if you like, please keep us posted on how you are doing. Richard (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

  • Skchristia author
    12 months ago

    Yes I have seen a Podiatrist in Lexington Ky who was highly rated but he said same thing that Orthopaedic surgeon did thank you for sites I will look them up

  • Skchristia author
    12 months ago

    Thank you for the sites esp concerning the lady who has had to have several surgeries it’s so hard to find the right surgeon all I can do is pray God will open the door he wants for me and shut the rest

  • Nina Winterbottom moderator
    12 months ago

    Hi Skchristia, thank you for reaching out with this story. I’m sorry you’re seeing impact to your feet. You are certainly not alone in having these problems. I wanted to share an article with suggestions here: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/q-and-a/ladies-shoe-brands/.

    I also wanted to share more articles on shoes: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/?s=shoes.

    Wishing you some relief. – Nina, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team

  • Skchristia author
    12 months ago

    Thank you so much do you have any information on orthopedic surgeon who do foot surgery like I said have had Bunionectomy but after fall having great difficulty with toe deformity I would like to either go to Lexington Ky or close by

  • Nina Winterbottom moderator
    12 months ago

    Hi Skchristia! Unfortunately we don’t have information on specific surgeons. I hope you’re able to find someone, either using reviews or word of mouth.

    I thought I’d share a couple more articles, in case they can further help prepare you: On surgery: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/surgery/foot-and-ankle-surgery/. On bunions: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/im-sexy-bunions/.

    Please don’t hesitate to reach back out and let us know what you find. – Nina, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team

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