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Rheumatism is a generic term used to cover dozens of disorders. They’re usually referred to as rheumatic disorders. These are conditions related to inflamed joints, muscles, and tissues that connect or support your organs and other internal body parts.

70% of people with rheumatoid arthritis develop foot problems. The rheumatic diseases are divided into three main groups;

  • Inflammatory rheumatism
    • Arthritis
     • Soft tissue – arthritis

Inflammatory rheumatism creates a chronic inflammatory process in the joint, then one speaks of arthritis.

This is accompanied by general signs of inflammation such as;

  • Redness
    • Swelling
     • Pain
     • Heat and loss of function


Osteoarthritis is a degenerative process (old age or overload) which can also affect the foot and toes.  Cartilage, which serves as a protective cover and cushion for the ends of the bones that form a joint, gradually wears down. This is due to mechanical wear-and-tear on the joints of the foot and results in restricted movement and pain.

By acidifying the acidified cartilage and regular exercise can reduce the symptoms greatly.

• Increased pain and reduced function of the joint during the day;
• after resting Stiffness (start stiffness) throughout the day;
• The big toe joint is often very affected, which can be very difficult or painful to the unwinding of the foot;
• Painless pain or stiffness in the toe joints or in the joints and ligaments throughout the foot

• Footwear is also an important role in the development of symptoms;
• Wearing shoes that are too large can force the joint of your toes into an abnormal position and cause pain while walking;
• By taxing the feet, it can lead to further pain and fatigue.

Soft tissue

Soft tissue rheumatism (fibromyalgia) pain is not only in the joints themselves, but also present in the surrounding area: the tires, capsules, tendons, ligaments, bursae, and muscles.

Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic syndrome that causes a widespread of pain and other bodily discomfort such as: muscle pain and stiffness throughout the body, fatigue, headaches, extreme sensitivity and heaviness in arms and or legs.


Treatment for people with rheumatic disease requires special attention and should be performed with caution because of possible presence of pain and stiffness