Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Gout attacks are known to flare up, and then subside. Each attack can last for approximately one week and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Gout is considered to be a form of arthritis, and it is caused by excess uric acid in the blood. This can come from genetic reasons, or from eating foods that have high levels of purines. Shellfish, red meat, alcohol, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar can fall into this category, and may cause crystals to form in the joints of the big toe. Gout can affect the other toes as well, and often begins in the big toe. Research has shown it generally affects men who are over 40 years old, and it can target individuals with existing medical conditions. These can include high blood pressure, kidney disorder, and psoriasis. Lifestyle changes may help to prevent future gout attacks, consisting of gently exercising daily, drinking plenty of water, and eating healthy foods. If you have gout attacks, it is strongly urged that you are under the care of a chiropodist who can treat gout, and help you to manage this painful condition.

Gout is a painful form of arthritis that can affect anyone. Please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Gout?

Gout is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. This type of arthritis is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. When uric acid crystallizes in a joint, often the joint of the big toe, it can bring about a gout attack. 

Symptoms

Symptoms of gout include: 

  • Sudden and severe pain

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Warmth 

  • Joint stiffness

  • Joint deformity

Diagnosis

A chiropodist will ask questions about your personal and family medical history, followed by an examination of the affected joint. Laboratory tests and x-rays are sometimes ordered to determine if the inflammation is caused by something other than gout. A sample of fluid taken from your joint can show whether it contains uric acid. 

Treatment

Prescription medications or injections are used to treat the pain, swelling, and inflammation. Patients with chronic gout can also use behavioral modifications such as diet, exercise, and decreased intake of alcohol to help minimize the frequency of gout attacks. Foods and beverages that are high in purines should be avoided since purines are converted in the body to uric acid. If left untreated, this painful condition can leave your joint permanently damaged and swollen.  

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

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Wednesday, 30 November 2022 00:00

Heel pain is generally considered an overuse injury, most commonly caused by plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, or arthritis. Other causes include heel bursitis, stress fractures,  and tarsal tunnel syndrome. Plantar fasciitis, the most common form of heel pain, is frequently caused by wearing shoes that lack support or proper cushioning while running or jumping on hard surfaces. Other causes include flat feet, high arches, aging, and being overweight. These conditions can cause the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that connects the toes to the heel, to get overstretched and become inflamed. Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the leg bones to the heel. Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa, sacs of fluid behind the heel. Stress fractures can be caused by heavy pounding on the heel, during certain sports activities or running. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is caused by a pinched nerve. Aging can cause the fat pads in the heel to thin out, resulting in less natural cushioning. Obesity places extra pressure on the heel, even during normal daily activities. Please consult a chiropodist for help with any heel pain you may be experiencing.

Heel pain is a common problem that can be caused by a variety of injuries, medical conditions, and other factors. If you suffer from heel pain, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

When it comes to heel pain, the exact location and type of pain are important to note. Some of the conditions that may cause heel pain include: 

  • Plantar fasciitis - An inflammation of the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot; it causes a stabbing pain under the heel that is at its worst when taking your first few steps after a long rest and while standing on your tiptoes or climbing stairs

  • Achilles tendonitis - An inflammation of the tendon in the back of the calf; it causes pain in the back of the heel that is at its worst after resting, as well as ankle and calf stiffness, swelling, and tenderness 

  • Bone spurs - Bony lumps on the back of the heel bones that cause sharp pain upon first standing up; the pain becomes dull and achy over time 

  • Heel fractures - A break or crack in the heel bone that causes pain, swelling, and difficulty walking

  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis - Swelling of the small, fluid-filled sac at the back of the heel bone; it causes pain, swelling, redness, and warmth in the back of the heel

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome - Compression of the posterior tibial nerve which causes a pins and needles sensation in the heel, foot, and calf 

Your chiropodist will be able to diagnose the underlying cause of your pain and prescribe the right treatments for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs. 

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Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful and debilitating autoimmune disease that grows worse with age. It is caused by an inflammation of the capsule around a joint, particularly in the hands and feet. Women are more likely to have RA than men. Other risk factors include being between 40 and 50 years old, being a smoker, and genetic factors. Among the most common symptoms of RA are painful, swollen, and warm joints of the feet. These joints are often stiff upon awakening or after long periods of activity. As the disease progresses, the joints may erode, leading to joint damage and deformity. While there is no definitive cure for rheumatoid arthritis, it can be managed through medication, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and certain immunosuppressants. It has been shown that eating particular foods can help to reduce the effects of rheumatoid arthritis. Fish and other seafood that is packed with omega-3 fats are recommended. Avoiding foods that are high in saturated fats and sugar is also thought to be helpful. For more information on treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in the feet, please consult a chiropodist.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks its own otherwise healthy joint lining or synovium. While RA can affect any joint in the body, it often affects the small joints of the feet and the ankle joint. If you’re dealing with RA in your lower limbs, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Symptoms of RA primarily affect the joints of the feet and may include:

  • Pain

  • Swelling

  • Stiffness 

  • Redness

  • Warmth

  • Difficulty walking

  • Gait changes

  • Bunions

  • Hammertoes 

Treatment

While there is no cure for RA, your chiropodist can help you manage the health of your feet and maintain your mobility while living with this condition. Possible treatments include wearing orthotics, doing foot and ankle exercises, resting the feet, taking anti-inflammatory medications, getting steroid injections, and wearing braces for foot and ankle pain. In advanced cases of RA, joint replacement surgery may be helpful for mobility. Bunions, hammertoes, and other deformities can be corrected with surgery as well. 

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

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