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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a chronic autoimmune disorder that can affect various joints in the body, including those in the feet. Recognizing the common symptoms of RA in the feet is vital for early diagnosis and management. Individuals with RA may experience persistent pain, swelling, and stiffness in the affected joints, particularly in the toes, ankles, and midfoot. Morning stiffness lasting for more than an hour upon waking is a hallmark symptom of RA and can significantly impact mobility and daily activities. As the condition progresses, individuals may notice joint deformities, such as bunions, hammertoes, or claw toes, due to the erosion of cartilage and bone. Additionally, RA can cause inflammation of the tendons and ligaments in the feet, leading to tendonitis and difficulty walking. Numbness and tingling sensations in the feet may also occur as a result of nerve compression or inflammation. If you have RA and are experiencing symptoms in your feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to successfully manage this condition.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood of Foot Health Institute. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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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Thursday, 15 February 2024 00:00

Age gracefully and move freely with Custom Orthotics. For seniors seeking to maintain their independence, Custom Orthotics offer the stability and comfort essential for daily activities. Custom-tailored to your feet, they provide support, reduce pain, and enhance mobility, ensuring you're always on sure footing. Don't let age-related foot concerns hold you back. With Custom Orthotics, embrace every golden moment with confidence. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, 14 February 2024 00:00

Orthotics encompass a diverse range of solutions. Custom orthotic inserts, prescribed by podiatrists, cater to individual needs, providing numerous benefits. One significant advantage is pain management. Orthotics are effective in managing pain arising from injuries, arthritis, or surgery. They offer support, relieve pressure on arthritic joints, and can replace or complement pain relievers, contributing to natural pain relief. Moreover, the portability of custom orthotic inserts is a notable feature. They are discreet and concealed within footwear. Orthotics also offer essential injury protection. They create a stable surface, guarding against sprains, fractures, and overuse injuries. They provide support, cradling the feet's contours, and reducing strain and risk. Enhanced activity is another benefit, as orthotics boost confidence and enable individuals to engage in activities they once avoided due to discomfort or deformities. Instead, orthotics facilitate an active lifestyle by preventing injuries and discomfort. Finally, custom orthotics provide a perfect fit tailored to a person's unique needs, considering factors like shoe type, health conditions, and lifestyle. This tailored approach offers a superior solution compared to generic, prefabricated inserts. If you would like to learn more about custom-made orthotics, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can discuss this further with you.

Custom orthotics and shoe inserts are not just for cushioning the soles; they are about supporting the foundation of our body - our feet. The advantages extend far beyond immediate relief from discomfort. These personalized solutions, that Our doctor can prescribe, can significantly impact a person’s posture, alleviate pain in various parts of the body, and even enhance athletic performance.

As we lace up our shoes each day, having the right support can make a world of difference. Custom orthotics are like tailored suites for our feet, offering a bespoke solution to address our unique biomechanical needs. They provide stability where it is lacking, correct imbalances, and ensure that every step is a confident and pain-free one. 

Custom orthotics and shoe inserts offer long-term health benefits. By addressing issues such as overpronation or underpronation, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, etc. orthotics can help prevent injuries and mitigate the progression of existing conditions. It’s an investment not just in the present, but in the future health of your feet and consequently, your overall well-being. 

If you have any questions please 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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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Tendonitis, inflammation, and irritation of tendons are common causes of foot pain. Tendonitis can lead to acute pain, swelling, and tenderness that may inhibit mobility. Various types of foot tendonitis can occur, each with distinct characteristics and causes. Achilles tendonitis, for instance, affects the Achilles tendon, commonly occurring a few inches above the heel where the tendon is weakest. Extensor tendonitis involves inflammation of tendons running along the top of the foot, often the result of friction from wearing ill-fitting footwear, particularly affecting individuals with high arches. Flexor tendonitis, prevalent among dancers and those requiring frequent toe balancing, induces deep ankle pain near the inner foot. Peroneal tendinosis, affecting tendons wrapping around the outer foot and ankle, leads to pain and swelling. Posterior tibial tendonitis, commonly associated with flat feet, causes pain and swelling along the inside of the foot due to inflammation of the tibialis posterior muscle tendon. An effective treatment plan may involve rest, orthotics, or other interventions. If you are experiencing pain from any foot-related tendonitis, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options.

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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