Gout, a form of arthritis, can be a painful condition to live with. Gout attacks are triggered by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. There are ways to help mitigate gout symptoms, however. High levels of purines, an organic compound that is in many of the foods we eat, in the body can increase the likelihood of having a gout attack. Decreasing the amount of red meat you eat and the amount of alcohol you drink can both help decrease the likelihood of an attack. Drinking more water, eating foods with low levels of purines, and staying active can all help decrease the chances of a gout attack and will also improve your overall health. If you are experiencing pain in your foot from gout, it is recommended to see a podiatrist who can help provide treatment options and tips on how to manage your gout.
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.
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There is a close relationship between the muscles in the legs and those in the feet. If there is pain in the leg muscles, it can make it difficult for the muscles in the foot to do their job. It is beneficial to stretch the foot muscles to keep your feet fit and healthy. An effective stretch is called “the tendon stretch”, where the heels extend beyond the edge of a step. Another common stretch is called “the knee hug”, where you cross one knee over the other, and "hug" that knee toward your chest. These are a few of the many stretching techniques for your feet and legs. If you feel pain in your feet while stretching, it is recommended that you stop immediately and see a podiatrist for treatment.
Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Howard Robins from The Healing Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Stretching the Feet
Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.
Great ways to stretch your feet:
- Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
- Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
- Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle
Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.
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Tinea pedis, also known as a fungal infection of the foot, or athlete’s foot, is a very common condition. One health expert estimates that between 15 and 25 percent of people will get athlete’s foot at some point in their life. With new fashion trends like going sockless while wearing shoes, cases of athlete’s foot are increasing according to experts in the UK. Though this increase in the number of cases has been largely among men, women can also contract athlete’s foot at high rates. Fungus thrives in moist, dark, and warm places, similar to the environment inside of a shoe. Socks are important because they help to wick away moisture and keep the feet dry. If you prefer to wear shoes without socks, make sure to wash your feet everyday and to let your shoes air out. Furthermore, avoid going barefoot in public showers, locker rooms, and gyms; these places can harbor not only fungus, but also bacteria and viruses which can affect your feet. While generally not a serious condition, chronic athlete’s foot can be treated by a podiatrist.
Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Howard Robins from The Healing Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story
Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.
Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot
- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal products
- Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop
Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.
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Falls and their effects on the elderly are, unfortunately, not reported on enough. This lack of reporting prevents overall awareness and the spread of knowledge in how to prevent them. Fortunately this has been changing in the past several years, with 2008 marking the first year that Falls Prevention Awareness Day was held by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Despite this, awareness of the issue has a long way to go. Here are some facts about falls and falls prevention. Those who are age 65 or older and who have been to the emergency department are unlikely to engage in falls-prevention programs once discharged. While it has been reported that regular strength and flexibility programs for the elderly help prevent falls, some practices like Tai Chi have been found to help as well. Finally, elderly persons who have a history of falls, have suffered from a previous fracture, and have a body mass index (BMI) of 20 kg/m² are more likely to suffer another fracture.
Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Howard Robins from The Healing Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.
Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.
How to Prevent Falls
Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:
- Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
- Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
- Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
- Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
- Utilizing a walker or cane
- Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
- Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness
Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.
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