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March 2020

Monday, 23 March 2020 00:00

Do I Have Gout?

Elevated levels of uric acid in the bloodstream may lead to a condition that is referred to as gout. It is considered to be a form of arthritis, and can cause debilitating pain and discomfort. Noticeable symptoms often appear in the big toe and surrounding areas, and may include swelling, redness, and difficulty moving the affected foot. Research has indicated it may be caused by genetic factors, or from specific types of foods that are eaten that have high purine levels. These kinds of food can consist of shellfish, red meats, and drinks that have elevated sugar levels. There may be existing medical factors that can contribute to the onset of gout. Patients who are obese, diabetic or have high blood pressure may be susceptible to developing gout. If you feel you have symptoms of this condition, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Priya Amin, DPM from Right Step Foot & Ankle Clinic. 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 office located in Sugar Land, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 16 March 2020 00:00

Who Does Sever’s Disease Affect?

The condition that is known as Sever’s disease typically affects children between the ages of eight and fifteen. It generally occurs in children who participate in running and jumping activities, and affects the growth plate in the heel. Common symptoms of this ailment can consist of pain in the heel and arch, and the Achilles tendon may become swollen. If your child is afflicted with this condition, you may notice limping or the choice to avoid putting their heel completely down on the ground as they walk. You can help your child by suggesting the affected foot be elevated, and to insert a heel raise which may be beneficial in providing extra cushioning. It is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist if you feel your child has Sever’s disease, this way a proper diagnosis can be determined and the correct treatment plan can begin.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Priya Amin, DPM from Right Step Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Sugar Land, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Saturday, 14 March 2020 00:00

Do your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately?

It’s commonly known that it is best to stretch before partaking in any physical activity, especially when it comes to running. Certain stretches can be particularly helpful in strengthening the legs and feet, making your running experience more enjoyable, as well as helping to alleviate soreness once a run has been completed. When the foot is properly stretched, runners are able to build strength in their feet, and improve their mobility and elasticity of the foot, which in turn gives them a better chance at avoiding injury, such as rolling the ankle. The feet are often referred to as the foundation of the body, so the more stable they are, the more stable athletes can be while running. One stretch you can practice is referred to as the bear squat. Begin by kneeling on the floor with your toe curled under and sit back on your heels. Rock side by side while in this position to help stretch the foot, calf muscles, and tendons. Another useful stretch focuses mainly on the big toe, and is referred to as a toe lift. To begin, spread your toes and feet out on a flat surface. Keeping all other toes down, start to lift the big toe, holding for 2 seconds, and repeating this lifting motion 20 times. For more tips on how to best stretch and prepare your feet for a run, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for professional advice and care.

Why Stretching Is Important for Your Feet

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Priya Amin, DPM from Right Step Foot & Ankle Clinic. 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 to determine 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 exercise, 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 to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.

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

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Monday, 02 March 2020 00:00

The Benefits of Foot Massages

Many patients are aware of the benefits of foot massages. These are often performed as foot therapy, which can help the feet to feel better and ease any existing pain. An effective way to begin a foot massage is by gently placing the palms on both sides of the foot, while twisting back and forth. Additionally, having the arches massaged can benefit the bottom of the foot. Flexibility may be increased when the toes are stretched as well. If there is pain in the Achilles tendon region, it may help to focus on massaging that area of the foot. If you would like more information on how foot massages may support general well-being, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist. 

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, Priya Amin, DPM of Right Step Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Sugar Land, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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