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Gout is one of the many conditions that impacts the joints of the body. Specifically, when there is an excess of uric acid in the body, gout occurs commonly in the joint of the big toe. If an individual has gout, they may feel intense pain in the joints during what is known as “gout attacks.” Swelling and sensations of warmness may occur. Gout has an interesting relationship with alcohol that anyone who is serious about maintaining the health of their feet ought to be aware of. Consuming large quantities of alcohol can increase the risk of developing or aggravating gout in some individuals. This is because alcohol is a substance that contains many purines, and when the human body processes purines, uric acid is ultimately released. Uric acid, of course, causes gout. It is important to note that consuming beer, as opposed to hard liquor, makes one more susceptible to increasing the risk of developing gout. Additionally, men can be even more prone to developing gout from alcohol than women. If you are drinking more than twelve drinks of alcohol in any given week, then you may be putting yourself at risk of a gout attack in your feet. You might want to contact a podiatrist who will be able to help you treat or mitigate any problems related to gout.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors 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.
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Every time a runner takes a step, force is transmitted through the foot and ankle up into the legs, with the ankle taking the brunt. Since the average runner takes between 160 to 180 steps a minute, it is easy to see why ankle pain is common. It is believed that ankle pain results from a combination of factors, including muscle imbalance, overuse, previous injuries, bone problems, and running shoes. Any weakness or tightness in the muscles of the foot, ankle, calf, knee, and hip can affect how the foot reacts when it hits the ground ultimately affecting the ankle joint. Increasing the length or intensity of a run too quickly can impact the strength and stability of the ankle. Runners who go back to their routine too soon after an injury jeopardize the health of their ankles and may result in re-injury. Bone injuries, such as stress fractures, can cause tightness and stiffness that become painful. Running on old or worn shoes can cause pain also. They can lose their cushioning, shock absorption, and shape, which can place more pressure on the ankle. Experts recommend that running shoes be replaced every 500 miles. For help with ankle pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can examine your ankles and discuss any treatment that may be needed.
Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.
The most common causes of ankle pain include:
- Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
- Ankle sprains
- Broken ankles
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Stress fractures
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.
Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.
Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.
Many people who have endured a broken toe often treat it by using the buddy taping method. This is done by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it, and is often an effective method in providing the stability that is necessary to completely heal the toe. A broken toe can occur from a heavy object falling on it, or if it is jammed into a piece of furniture. If the fracture is severe, there may be a bone that protrudes through the skin, and immediate medical attention is needed. Part of the recovery process is to stay off of the foot as much as possible, in addition to limiting daily activities. The toe will most likely be swollen and bruised, and it will be painful to walk without limping. Some patients opt to use a walking boot, and this can be helpful in relieving some of the pressure on the affected toe. Larger shoes may need to be purchased that can accommodate the broken toe, and a splint may need to be worn, depending upon which toe is affected. If you have broken your toe, please speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the treatment that is correct for you.
Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
What Is a Broken Toe?
A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.
Symptoms of a Broken Toe
- Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
- Nail Injury
Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.
Many people who have bunions are concerned that it is a cosmetic condition. There are some patients who are aware they may cause pain, and this can hinder completing daily activities. The medical term for a bunion is referred to as hallux valgus, and it is defined as a bony lump on the side of the big toe. It gradually develops from genetic reasons, or from wearing shoes that do not have enough room for the toes to move freely in. It will begin as a small bump, and will gradually increase in size if the same type of shoes are frequently worn. It can affect the other toes by pushing against them, and this can cause them to shift. Some patients develop corns and calluses on top of the shifted toes, and bursitis can develop in the affected joint of the big toe. There are protective pads that can be worn over the bunion until larger shoes are purchased. If you see the first sign of a bunion, or if it has increased in size, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can possibly recommend surgery for permanent relief.
What Is a Bunion?
A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.
Why Do Bunions Form?
Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions
How Are Bunions Diagnosed?
Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.
How Are Bunions Treated?
- Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
- Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
- Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
- Orthotics or foot inserts
There are many and varied causes of foot pain, including injury, overuse, or conditions that result in inflammation involving bones, ligaments, and tendons. Arthritis and neuropathy are also common causes of foot pain, as are deformities like bunions and hammertoe. A number of methods are available to combat foot pain. A warm foot bath containing Epsom salt can be soothing to sore muscles after a long day of walking or standing. But if your feet are hot, swollen, and tired, a cool foot bath may be more effective. A simple foot massage with essential oils can also help reduce pain and promote flexibility. Exercise also has been shown to counteract muscle tightness. Of course, footwear is often one of the problems frequently associated with foot pain. Make sure that your shoes fit properly, providing ample toe room and adequate cushioning. Have corns and calluses that cause you to change walking patterns looked at and removed. If you have flat feet, or other foot deformities, custom orthotics may help alleviate pain. For more information on why you have foot pain and what to do about it, please consult a podiatrist.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
- 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
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 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.