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January 2021

Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00

Preventing Gout

Gout attacks can be extremely painful and cause stabbing pains, redness, and swelling in affected joints, including the big toe joint and other joints of the feet. Following your first gout attack, you may go months or years without suffering another one, or you may begin to experience gout attacks regularly, developing chronic gout and joint damage. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to decrease the likelihood of having another gout attack. Because gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream, which then crystallizes in the joints, modifying your diet can potentially reduce the risk of gout. A healthy diet that avoids foods high in purines, such as organ meats, seafood, alcohol, and sugary foods and drinks is suggested. Other preventive measures include exercising regularly and taking gout medications. For more information about how to prevent gout, please consult with a podiatrist.

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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Wednesday, 13 January 2021 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00

Can I Ignore My Ingrown Toenail?

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of a toenail grows into the skin surrounding the nail. This can cause the skin around the nail to become red, painful, and swollen. If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can damage the skin and expose the area to bacteria, leading to an infection. Home treatments for ingrown toenails include soaking the affected foot in warm water, applying a topical antibiotic ointment to the skin and covering it with a bandage, and wearing wider shoes to keep pressure off of the affected toe. If home treatments do not help, or if you have diabetes, poor circulation, or peripheral neuropathy, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. 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 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 as 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.

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, 04 January 2021 00:00

Why Does the Inside of My Foot Hurt?

The inside of the foot refers to the inner edge of the foot, along the side of the big toe. Pain in this area can be indicative of various foot conditions. Pain on the inside of the foot near the big toe may be caused by a bunion, a bony growth located at the base of the big toe joint. Pain along the inside arch of the foot may be due to a strain of the abductor hallucis muscle, which can be caused by a walking pattern in which the foot rolls inward too much. Pain in the middle of the foot could be due to a stress fracture of the navicular bone. If you are experiencing pain on the inside of your foot, it is recommended that you seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat your condition. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot 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.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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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