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October 2022

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

All About Gout

Gout, a form of arthritis, is a painful inflammation of the joints that often develops in the big toe. Men aged about 40 or 50 and older adults who use diuretics are most commonly affected by gout. When the body is unable to rid itself of excess uric acid, small crystals may form that collect in the joints. The result is dramatic, sometimes happening overnight as the joint turns red, swells, and becomes very painful. Although gout can run in families, other factors may contribute to its development. Among them are excessive alcohol intake, not drinking enough water, obesity, and eating certain foods. One of the major ways to reduce the risk of gout is to change dietary habits. Refraining from food and beverages with high purine content, such as organ meat, red meat, seafood, and alcohol, can help. In addition, certain medications are known to help reduce uric levels. If you are experiencing symptoms related to gout, please seek the care of a podiatrist who can provide treatment options. 

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari from VIP Foot & Ankle Center. 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 Pembroke Pines, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

Methods That Can Help Feet as They Age

Research has indicated the number of foot conditions can increase as the aging process occurs. The feet may gradually lose cushioning, and the nails to become dry and brittle. Additionally, existing foot wounds may take longer to heal as a result of reduced blood circulation. The feet will generally feel better when the shoes that are worn are comfortable and are the correct size in both length and width. Some elderly people do not take the time to get fitted for shoes, and may continue to wear shoes they have outgrown. This can lead to possibly developing unpleasant foot conditions that may consist of bunions, ingrown toenails, corns, and calluses. Many elderly people may spend the majority of the day sitting in a chair and can develop poor circulation. This may be avoided by performing gentle exercises and stretches and incorporating walking into the daily routine. There are simple methods to care for feet as they age, and if you would like to know more about how to implement these, please confer with a podiatrist. 

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari from VIP Foot & Ankle Center. 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-threatening 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 office located in Pembroke Pines, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 13 October 2022 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

How Do the Foot Arches Work?

The arches of the feet are critical components, and understanding how they work could be interesting or helpful to patients. Importantly, there are three arches in the foot, namely, the medial longitudinal arch, the lateral longitudinal arch, and the transverse arch. The arches of the feet play an important role in bearing the weight of the human body. For example, the arches (especially the lateral longitudinal arch) help distribute weight throughout the bones in the feet. Additionally, the medial longitudinal arch assists the body in movement by propelling the feet when walking and jumping. Each of these arches are formed by a different combination of bones, ligaments, and muscles in the feet. Maintaining the health of the arches can be important, because certain foot conditions, particularly with plantar fasciitis, can make them feel painful. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today to learn more about the arches of the foot.


 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari from VIP Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Pembroke Pines, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

Foot Pain and Golf

Foot pain can interfere with your enjoyment of golf, particularly pain in your big toe, heel, and ball of the foot. Foot pain can result from stiff joints, stretched-out tissues, and nerve damage. Relief is possible and often without surgery. The three most common foot conditions sustained by golfers are neuromas, arthritis, and heel pain. A Morton’s neuroma is a thickened, enlarged nerve in the ball of the foot that is compressed or irritated. This can cause pain when transferring weight from one foot to the other while swinging a golf club. Arthritis in the joint of the big toe also makes it difficult to follow through on a swing. Heel pain from plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the band of tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot, makes it uncomfortable for a golfer to maintain a solid stance while swinging the golf club. Less common afflictions that can cause pain and interfere with golf include ankle arthritis, Achilles tendonitis, and corns and calluses. If you golf and are suffering from foot pain, consult with a podiatrist who will be able to diagnose the problem and provide appropriate treatment so that you are back to good golf form as quickly as possible.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari from VIP Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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

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