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Monday, 28 January 2019

Poor Circulation and Cold Feet

Some people feel that they can never get their feet to warm up. This may mean that their feet always feel cold to the touch, cold to the individual, or both. This is oftentimes due to poor circulation throughout the body, especially to one’s feet. There are some medical conditions that cause poor circulation, but daily behaviors can also influence the severity of one’s cold feet. Examples of these behaviors are exercising, smoking, and drinking. Exercising has a positive impact on regulating the temperature of your feet, while smoking and drinking have the opposite effect. In most cases, cold feet are at most a nuisance and can be remedied with simple changes like wearing thicker socks. Although, there are cases where cold feet coupled with certain symptoms may mean that something more serious is going on. If you have cold feet as well as sores on your feet, extreme fatigue, unexplained weight changes, fever, or joint pain, then it is recommended you consult a podiatrist to fully understand what is going on.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Martin Sloan of Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness  or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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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Research has shown foot health may have an effect on the overall well-being of the body. It’s common for many patients to ignore the health of their feet until an uncomfortable foot condition arises. This is especially true of the elder population, and taking proper care of their feet may be difficult as the aging process occurs. There may be noticeable symptoms, which may indicate potential concerns, and these may include the presence of open sores, burning pain and discomfort, or discoloration of the feet. When specific techniques are implemented, which may aid in proper foot care, many uncomfortable foot conditions may be avoided. These may include trimming the toenails straight across, elevating the feet frequently during the day, in addition to wearing shoes that are comfortable and fit correctly. If you would like additional information on how to properly take care for elderly feet, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist who can guide you with the correct knowledge.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Martin Sloan from Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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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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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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 as “Foot Trap”

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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