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Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

Gout is Arthritis

Gout is a painful condition that typically affects the joints of the big toe. It occurs as a result of excess uric acid in the bloodstream, which can cause crystals to form in the joints. Gout is a form of arthritis, and the symptoms that are most associated with this ailment often include swelling and redness surrounding the affected joints, severe pain and discomfort, and the area may feel warm. There are specific foods that have elevated purine levels, and this is a contributing factor to the onset of gout. These consist of red meat, alcohol, and certain types of seafood. It is beneficial to have a proper diagnosis performed, and this is often accomplished by extracting a portion of fluid that contains the crystals. Incorporating healthy lifestyle changes may be helpful in preventing future gout attacks. If you have this painful condition, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat this ailment.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Palm Beach Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Boynton Loxahatchee and Fort Pierce, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 22 July 2019 00:00

Broken Toe Facts

Broken toes are often caused by trauma or injury. Repetitive movements can cause a break to turn into a stress or hairline fracture. Symptoms of a broken toe include pain, swelling, stiffness, bruising, and difficulty walking. The most common causes of a broken toe are stubbing the toe and dropping a heavy object on it. When compared to other parts of the foot, the toes are the most likely to get injured due to their location at the front of the feet. It is important to seek an opinion after the injury has occurred in order to ensure proper treatment and healing can take place. In order to diagnose whether it is a break or not, a doctor will ask questions of how the injury occurred and they will also administer an X-ray to confirm it. If you feel that you have sustained a broken toe, it is advised to consult with a podiatrist.


 

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Palm Beach Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Boynton Loxahatchee and Fort Pierce, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 15 July 2019 00:00

Heel Spur Facts

A heel spur is a bony protruding outgrowth on the bone of the heel. They can be located either at the back of the heel or under it. Heel spurs located at the back of the heel are most often associated with inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which can cause tenderness and heel pain. Heel spurs will be diagnosed based on if you have a history of heel pain and if there is tenderness at the bottom of the heel. An X-Ray is typically required to confirm this. Some treatments for heel spurs include applying ice to the spot of the spur, orthotic devices or shoe inserts, anti-inflammatory medications such as Aleve and Advil, cortisone injections and sometimes surgery. Generally, heel spurs don’t lead to any long term conditions, as they usually respond well to the treatments mentioned previously. If you feel you may have developed a heel spur, it is advised that you go see a podiatrist.

 

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact one of our podiatrists from Palm Beach Podiatry. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in Boynton Loxahatchee and Fort Pierce, FL. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Monday, 08 July 2019 00:00

Foot Stretches to Prevent Injuries

Keeping the feet stretched and limber is important due to stress that is put on them on a daily basis. Taking a couple minutes each day to stretch out your feet can help prevent foot injuries. There are five simple stretches to help you do this. The first exercise is a towel stretch. Sit on the floor with your legs right in front of you and place a towel around your toes. Then slowly pull the towel towards you. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds each time and do three sets of these. The next exercise is towel lifts. For this one, you will sit in a chair and place a towel on the floor. The point of this exercise is to try lifting the towel off the ground with just your toes. Do this five times on each foot. The third stretch is called the step stretch. This involves standing with your toes on a step with your heels hanging off the edge. Slowly lower your heels down, hold for 10 to 15 seconds and then lift your heels back to the starting position. This should be repeated 5 to 10 times. The fourth stretch is the toe stretch and the most basic one of them all. For this exercise, you will sit in a chair with your feet on the floor and toes spread apart. This position should be held for a few seconds and then repeated 10 times. The final exercise is called the foot roll. This entails taking a golf ball, and rolling it back from your toes to your heels. A tennis ball is also frequently used. Doing these five stretches just for a bit each day will help to prevent injuries in the long run.

 

Why Stretching is Important for Your Feet

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Palm Beach Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first to determine if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous exercise, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Boynton Loxahatchee and Fort Pierce, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 01 July 2019 00:00

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, which is also referred to as “athlete’s foot,” is a skin infection that is caused by a fungus. It lives and thrives in warm and damp environments, so it is suggested to wear appropriate shoes while in these places. These include public swimming pools, shower room floors, and surrounding areas. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this condition often consist of peeling skin between the toes, redness on the bottom of the feet, blisters and cracked skin. For mild cases of athlete’s foot, treatment generally consists of applying an antifungal spray between the toes for several weeks. There are measures that can be implemented which can help to prevent athlete’s foot. These include washing and drying the feet daily, wearing cotton socks that can absorb moisture, and not sharing towels or shoes. If you feel you have this condition, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this affliction.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists from Palm Beach Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Boynton Loxahatchee and Fort Pierce, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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