Ankylosing Spondylitis

The Impact of Ankylosing Spondylitis on the Foot

Ankylosing spondylitis is a rheumatological disorder that is uncommon and mostly impacts the spine in the low back with an inflammatory arthritis. It can impact any joint in the body, including the feet. Ankylosing spondylitis is very similar to rheumatoid arthritis, but the inflammation and joint symptoms are usually not as bad. Heel pain can occur in those with ankylosing spondylitis and the foot joints are also frequently affected.

The common approach to dealing with the pains in the feet that can occur in ankylosing spondylitis is primarily directed at treating the inflammation of the joints with NSAIDs and TNF medications. Local treatment of the midfoot and pain in the heel with good foot orthoses is also commonly tried.

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