The Foot and Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that primarily affects the spine. Sometimes joint outside the spine are affected and some other structures can also be affected. It is part of the group of conditions known as the spondyloarthropathies. It is more common in males and usualyy starts in teh 20’s or 30’s. The most common initial symptoms are a mild ache in the low back. Occasionally the foot is affected.

In the foot anylosing spondylitis can cause heel pain and and arthritis like pain in the small joints of the foot. Of particular concern to those who are severely affected in the spine is the difficulty in being able to reach the feet to do self care.

The treatment of ankylosing spondylitis is with ant-inflammatory medication and if there is deformity in the spine, surgery.