I was diagnosed in April 09 and I'm rapidly coming out of my denial stage as some of the symptoms just aren't going away. I have been experiencing major joint pain and swelling in my ankle and bridge of my foot but also numbness from the top of my big toe to the middle of my foot. My internist blames my shoes and my rheumy pretty much doesn't say anything. Anyone experience any numbness and does it go away. It's very annoying because it always feels like there is something caught between my toes but, of course, there isn't. Also, and this is the scariest question, yesterday the pain in my foot seemed to radiate for the first time up to my knee - is this a normal progression?