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Posts for: April, 2015

Gout, a very painful inflammatory arthritis caused by the crystallization of uric acid with joints, can be eased with a healthy diet. Eating cherries, in particular, were associated with a 35% lower risk of gout attacks.

Researchers have also found that a low-purine diet was also effective in lowering gout attacks, as uric acid is a break-down product of purines. Heavy alcohol consumption can also increase the odds for recurrent gout attacks, and excessive alcohol should therefore be avoided.

Researches recommend eliminating meat and seafood from the diet to lower purine intake, and combined with consuming cherries, may lower risk of gout attacks even further.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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In lieu of National Foot Health Awareness month, the National Diabetes Education Program has posted some suggestions to help protect the feet from infection and prevent serious foot problems.

Simply checking the feet every day and taking care to check between the toes and at the bottom of the foot can help reveal small cuts or blisters that may be developing. The feet should also be kept dry, particularly between the toes.

Wash the feet every day, as this promotes good health and also provides for a great time to check the feet. The feet should be kept soft and moisturized with lotion or cream to prevent cracked heels. All of these measures can pave the way for optimal daily foot care.

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Many people are bringing out their sandals and open-toed shoes with the arrival of spring and its warm weather. After bracing through a cold winter, however, the feet may be suffering from a case of ingrown toenails.

Six keys, however, can help prevent and ease the pain: being careful with your cuticles, wearing the right shoe shape, clipping nails with caution, giving your feet space, soaking the toes, and cleaning and treating the affected nails.

Avoid tight-fitting shoes that will squish the toes, and allow already ingrown toenails to soak in iodine and warm water before applying an antibiotic cream and covering with a bandage or bandaid.

Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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According to general manager Sam Presti, forward Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder will not be playing for the rest of the season after sustaining a foot injury. Durant is expected to be out for 4-6 months as he will be undergoing bone graft surgery on his right foot. The surgery comes after a series of past surgeries to relieve soreness and repair a Jones fracture in the same foot. The forward has missed the Thunder’s first seventeen games of the season and has been limited to twenty seven games this season because of foot and ankle injuries. This season, Durant averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary. If you are struggling with a foot or ankle condition, talk to one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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