Have had pain in my ankle for about 2 years, also had flares in little toes both feet which I can see the damage from. April to June last year I really started had problems with this left ankle where I had to take prescription strength nurofen, wear an ankle support and take pain killers, but funnily enough at one point I thought I was going to get a bad flare in ankle from this and it actualy happened to my other ankle which floored me literally. Anyway as you can guess I have been complaining about this ankle to rheumy, and for some reason they just don;t examine feet as they do hands!! So February appt with consultantI ask please can you look at this ankle and he says osteoarthritis, just like that. I think because I am getting osteoarthritis in the end joints of my fingers separate issue.
I see my biologics nurse in June and ask her to look at my ankle which by now is puffy and the nurse said it is the RA that has attacked your ankle and caused all the ligaments and tendons to collapse so have fallen arch. Advice was get an insole to lift arch and there is nothing that you can do for it.
At this stage I have bought an insole quite expensive £35 andpain is causing me to hobble with or without the instep I try wearing ankle support and that causes as much pain. So I am grabbing the bull by the horn and have an appt with GP on Friday. I don't normally ever go to GP for RA I rely on my rheumy teamwhich are fantastic but I feel like it is the blind leading the blind here with consideration to this ankle. I even had an occupational health work Dr examine my ankle and he said no osteo!!! I am just hoping my GP will let me have a scan on this ankle and find out what the real problem is so it can be treated if it can be treated as it is really impacting on my life. Going to try and get a steroid shot fromrheumy nurse, although she was wary when I asked about onelast time as I had had so many infections last last year and beginning of this year from being on Humira, but I have been clearfrom infections for 8 months now.
Justso confused about this as when I got a copy of letter from cnsultant appt in February he was talking about changing my biologic, why would he do that if he thinks a lot of my pain is osteo? They have a an ultrasound unit at my clinic too. Think I am just saying scan this damn ankle. I am 57 and this is just too early to be debilitated like this.