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May 2020

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 00:00

What Is Gout?

The arthritic condition that is referred to as gout is known to cause severe pain and discomfort. It often impacts the joints in the big toe, and can be accompanied by redness and swelling. Many patients describe the pain as feeling like sharp pins between the joints, and this is caused by crystals that develop as a result of excess uric acid levels in the blood. This condition may also arise from eating foods that have high purine levels. These can include red meat, shellfish, and drinks that have large amounts of sugar. Additional reasons that can contribute to the onset of gout can consist of genetic factors, and medical conditions such as kidney stones. If you are afflicted with gout, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Thomas Madden from Advanced Foot Care Center. Our doctor will treat 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 Killeen, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 18 May 2020 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Patients who have poor circulation may have existing health ailments. This condition can be indicative of serious maladies that may include diabetes, kidney damage, or heart disease. People who sit for the majority of the day may be susceptible to developing poor circulation, but this condition may be avoided by gently stretching during the day. Additionally, eating foods that are unhealthy may put people at an increased risk for poor circulation. Some of the signs people notice can include leg cramps, cold feet, and patients may become unusually tired. If you feel you have this condition and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat poor circulation.

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Thomas Madden of Advanced Foot Care Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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

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There are several types of jobs that require employees to stand for the majority of the day. This can cause the feet to become tired, and it is beneficial to take necessary precautions that can help the feet to feel good. These can include wearing appropriate shoes that have adequate cushioning and support. It is beneficial to choose a non-slip sole to maintain traction, in addition to wearing shoes that are made of breathable materials. Research has indicated it is important to frequently perform gentle foot stretches that may help the feet to become strong, and this may diminish existing aches and pains. For more information about how the feet are affected from standing for extended periods of time during the day, please confer with a podiatrist.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Thomas Madden from Advanced Foot Care Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Monday, 04 May 2020 00:00

How Can I Treat My Broken Toe?

A broken toe is considered to be one of the most common types of fractures. The toes consist of several small bones, which can easily become broken. It can happen from dropping a heavy object on your toe, or from possibly stubbing it against a piece of furniture. A broken toe generally causes difficulty walking, and can take between four to six weeks to completely heal. Many patients choose to use a treatment method that is referred to as buddy taping, which may be effective for mild fractures. This consists of taping the affected toe to the toe next to it. This treatment method can provide the support that is needed as the healing process occurs. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can treat mild or severely fractured toes.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Thomas Madden from Advanced Foot Care Center. Our doctor 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 our office located in Killeen, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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