Rheumatoid nodules affecting both heels with surgical debulking: a case report*

RO JonesAmerican Board of Podiatric Surgery, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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JB ChenAmerican Board of Podiatric Surgery, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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D PitcherAmerican Board of Podiatric Surgery, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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EY Gebhart-MuellerAmerican Board of Podiatric Surgery, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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The presence of subcutaneous nodules in association with rheumatoid arthritis is well documented. In most cases, these nodules occur in association with severe rheumatoid disease. Treatment should be initiated with conservative measures such as custom-molded shoes, nonweightbearing, and oral antibiotic therapy to control infection. The goals of surgery were to alleviate pain, improve function and cosmesis, remove infected bone, and prevent further infection. The surgical sites are completely healed without complications 2 years postoperatively.