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Monday, 14 January 2019

Gout is known to be a painful and uncomfortable condition that typically affects the big toe. This part of the foot may be so sensitive that the weight of a bed sheet may cause intense pain. There are additional symptoms that may be associated with gout, including redness, swelling and extreme heat that may radiate from it. This ailment is said to be caused by excess uric acid in the blood levels that originate from ingesting foods that are laden with purines. Many patients notice these severe symptoms in the big toe, although it may occur in other parts of the body. Specific medications may be prescribed once an attack of gout has occurred, and there may be preventative measures that can be implemented which can possibly avoid this painful condition from occurring. If you feel you may have gout, it is advised to speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible to learn more about this condition, in addition to beginning the correct treatment.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Martin Sloan from Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Monday, 07 January 2019

Many people enjoy the practice of yoga to achieve more than adequate stretches in their feet. When the proper stretches are performed, they may aid in keeping the feet strong. If a fall should occur, having strong feet may help in preventing painful ankle sprains or fractures. The feet endure the weight of the body for most of the day, and it’s important to understand that proper stretching may keep the feet flexible and supple. An effective stretch that may open the ankles, toes and plantar fascia is to kneel while sitting on your heels and keeping the toes tucked under. There are several other efficient poses, which may include threading your fingers between your toes and holding this position for a few minutes. This may help to loosen that arch of the foot. Additionally, performing the downward dog yoga pose will benefit the Achilles tendon, toes, and foot muscles. Balancing the body on the toes is effective in building strength and flexibility, even though it may feel uncomfortable at first. If you would like additional information about the benefits of stretching the feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Martin Sloan from Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

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

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019

Gout is known to be one of the oldest diseases, and Greek physicians referred to this condition as “foot trap”. Severe pain and discomfort typically accompany this ailment, and this is a result of uric acid crystals lodging in the joints of the big toe. If you are experiencing a gout attack, you may notice additional symptoms that may include swelling, redness, and extreme tenderness when touched. There are several reasons why gout may occur, including the type of food that is ingested. If an excess of red meat, shellfish or alcohol is frequently consumed, these high-level purine foods may cause crystals to form, which attack the joints. If you have multiple gout attacks, it is suggested to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer a proper diagnosis, and correct treatment options can be discussed.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Martin Sloan from Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. 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 our offices located in Rockwall and Abilene, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018

The medical term for the condition referred to as toenail fungus is called onychomycosis. Research has shown that topical creams and liquids may not be successful in generally treating this ailment.  This may be a result of impenetrable nail beds, causing the chosen medication to possibly be ineffective. Modern technology has introduced laser treatment for the removal of toenail fungus, despite the fact there may not be adequate evidence to support its success. Additionally, there have been limited studies that have been executed, which can prove the validity of laser treatment for fungal nails.  If you are afflicted with toenail fungus, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist, so a variety of treatment options may be discussed.

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with Dr. Martin Sloan from Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the infection.

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

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