Study Shows Canada Doesn’t Have Enough Resources to cope with Rheumatoid Arthritic Resources

A new study conducted by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences shows that Canada doesn’t have the medical resources to deal with the large amounts of rheumatoid arthritis cases cropping up among the country’s baby boom generation. The researchers discovered that while the number of people in Canada with RA doubled from 1996 to 2010, the number of clinicians licensed to treat this disease has remained basically stable.

As of 2013 there were 371 rheumatologists in the nation, approximately one for every 100,000 citizens. This has produced long waiting lines to see doctors and increased suffering in patients who need immediate care for their condition.

As many people get older, they start to develop rheumatoid arthritis in their feet and ankles. To understand more about RA, consult with on of our twelve podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our physicians can instruct you on why arthritis develops and how to care for it.

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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