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June 2020

Monday, 29 June 2020 00:00

Proper Dieting for Patients with Gout

When uric acid crystals buildup in the joints, gout can occur. Gout can be a very painful condition that causes joints to become inflamed or swollen. Gout can affect any joint in the body, but the most common joint affected is the big toe. While there are numerous causes for gout, consuming high purine foods like red meat, seafood, and alcohol, can be attributing factors for why uric acid buildups occur. Therefore, patients who are suffering from gout flare ups should drink plenty of water, as well as adjust their diet to include vegetables and low fat dairy foods. Although there is no cure for gout, getting to and maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce your risk for gout flare-ups. If you are suffering from gout, it is highly recommended to be under the care of a podiatrist in order to properly manage this condition. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. 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 one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 22 June 2020 00:00

What Causes Ankle Pain?

The hinge joints that are located in the ankle allow for maximum mobility and range of motion. They are necessary in supporting the weight of the body, and provide the ability to walk, run, and jump. Inflammation and swelling often accompanies an ankle injury, and it may be difficult to move the affected foot. Additional symptoms can include muscle soreness, a tingling sensation, and the ankle may feel unstable. Ankle pain can occur for a variety of reasons. These can include structural deformities, Achilles tendon injuries, or from existing medical conditions consisting of lupus and different types of arthritis. If you are experiencing any type of ankle pain, it is strongly advised that you speak with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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

 

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Wednesday, 17 June 2020 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Practicing everyday fall prevention methods can be extremely useful in protecting the feet, especially for elderly patients who are the most vulnerable to experiencing falls. One important step you can take is periodically getting your eyesight and hearing checked by a professional. Making sure any medications used are reviewed periodically can also help to make sure your body is reacting as it should be. Patients should also go through their home and ensure that it is both safe and supportive. This can entail having grab bars installed, as well as making sure any throw rugs are securely placed and not a tripping hazard. Most importantly, it can be extremely beneficial for patients to be active. When practicing light exercises, there should be a focus on improving balance, strength, and flexibility. For more advice on how to prevent falls, please consult with a podiatrist.

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. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. 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.  

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

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Monday, 08 June 2020 00:00

Types of Foot Surgery

There are many patients who have found it beneficial to have foot surgery performed to correct painful ailments. Common types of surgeries can include a bunionectomy, metatarsal, and heel surgery. A bunion is considered to be a deformity and can develop as a result of genetic factors or from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Metatarsal surgery may be effective in treating a broken toe that is dislocated. Additionally, heel pain may be indicative of the painful condition that is known as plantar fasciitis, and many patients choose to have this surgery to alleviate the pain. If  you have any type of chronic foot pain, it is strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can discuss surgery options with you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood of Foot Health Institute. Our doctor will assist you with all of 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 alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • 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 one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 01 June 2020 00:00

Common Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail

The toe that is most often impacted by an ingrown toenail is the big toe. It happens as a result of the outer edges of the nail growing into the surrounding skin, and can cause pain and discomfort. Additional symptoms can include swelling, redness, and the toe may ooze pus. Several reasons why ingrown toenails develop can consist of genetic factors, trimming the toenails incorrectly, and wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Mild relief may be found when that nail is soaked in warm water, as this is helpful in softening the skin surrounding the nail. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, please seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment techniques.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood of Foot Health Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

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

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