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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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Ankle ArthritisA study has tested 350 people who have rheumatoid arthritis and it has shown smaller situations of remission in corpulent patients. These individuals are in larger request for anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy than patients who are at a healthy weight.

As a result, obese patients usually require more drug treatment as opposed to patients at a lower weight. Author of the study Elisa Gremese commented “Obesity and rheumatoid arthritis are both on the rise, with devastating effects on individuals and society as a whole. These data reinforce the link between obesity and inflammation, and establish that (weight) is one of the few modifiable variables influencing the main outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis affects about one in one hundred people worldwide.

Early detection of foot deformities arthritis can help prevent more severe secondary mechanical strains. If you are suffering from foot pain and think it might be caused by arthritis, you should seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can examine your foot pain and rule out other conditions, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, to help in a diagnosis of arthritis.

Arthritic Foot Care

In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

-Specific exercises may help; stretching the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury. Stretching can also increase your mobility.
-Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, as well as topical medications with Capsaicin.
-Massages can also help to alleviate pain temporarily.

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

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