Shortage of Arthritic Specialists Affects Canada

rheumatoid arthritisAccording to Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, the number of Canadians affected by rheumatoid arthritis has significantly increased from 43,000 to 97,000 from the years 1996 to 2010. Although the number of arthritic patients has risen, the number of doctors available to help these patients has remained roughly the same.

As a result, those who need this type care have to contend with long waiting periods, sometimes even months. “What we’re faced with is an onslaught of patients with this disease with very few physicians that have the training and the ability to treat them properly,” said Claire Bombardier, the lead author of the study.

Rheumatoid arthritis can be troublesome if left untreated. If you struggle with foot or ankle related arthritis, see podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee. Dr. Khaimov can help provide a treatment plan for your needs.   

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occurs, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain often initially presents in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if you have a family history of RA, you may be predisposed to suffer from it as well.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Fort Lee, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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