As rheumatoid arthritis (RA) starts to develop, the feet are often the first place to feel the symptoms. This chronic inflammatory disorder causes the body to attack itself, affecting all the different types of tissues from joints to skin.
When you consider that the human foot has more than 100 ligaments, muscles and tendons, along with 33 joints and 26 bones, it’s not surprising that several medical conditions and lifestyle choices can cause stiffness in one or both feet. Sometimes pain or stiffness in the feet is an early indicator of problems in other parts of your body. It’s important to try to determine the cause of foot stiffness and try to remedy the situation rather than working through the pain.