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Question: What is the mechanism for the development of cocked-up toes in RA?

Answer:

Inflammation of the MTP joints in RA often leads to subluxation of the metatarsal heads and collapse of the arch of the foot. A claw-like or cocking-up appearance of the toes follows.

Reference: McCarty DJ: Clinical picture of RA. In McCarty DJ, Koopman WJ (eds): Arthritis and Allied Conditions, 12th ed. Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1993, pp 781-809.

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