Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Gout is a type of arthritis that can cause pain and discomfort. In severe cases, the pain can be so debilitating that some patients may have to crawl up the steps to avoid putting weight on the affected foot. An episode of gout is referred to as a flare-up or an attack, which can happen suddenly. A gout attack can be triggered by having excess uric acid in the blood, or it may happen for genetic reasons. Crystals can form in the joints of the big toe, and this may cause the toe to become red and swollen. Additionally, foods that are eaten with high levels of purines may contribute significantly to getting gout, and it is suggested that consuming these types of foods is greatly reduced. Red meat, shellfish, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar fall into this category. People who experience several bouts with gout may notice that there is joint stiffness, and the big toe may look deformed. If you have gout attacks, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage and prevent future gout episodes.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Hugar Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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.

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

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Reflexology is a popular form of foot therapy. It is performed by applying pressure to certain reflex points on the feet which are connected to specific organs. Patients have noticed their ailments may be diminished as a result of having this type of therapy done, and it may produce a healing response in the overall body. Some therapists lightly touch the heels and surrounding areas and may pull on the toes. Having a massage performed is another form of foot therapy. This targets the tissues to relieve tension in the muscles and may possibly improve circulation. The benefits of reflexology can include boosting the immune system, balancing the body’s energy, and reducing toxins in the body. There are additional bonuses for both types of therapies, and if you would like more information, please consult with a podiatrist who can help you to determine which is right for you.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, one of our podiatrists of Hugar Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors 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 Elmwood Park, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 09 September 2022 00:00

Neuropathy is a condition that can lead to numbness or loss of sensation in the feet, but it can also cause pain. This condition is more likely to develop for those who are diabetic, obese, or with high blood pressure.

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

There are several types of ankle disorders that people can experience. These include sprains, fractures, arthritis, and tendonitis. The function of the ankle is to stabilize the body by supporting the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Research has shown that it is the most injured part of the body, and when hurt can negatively impact completing daily activities. An ankle sprain or fracture can happen from unexpectedly stepping off of a curb, causing the ligaments to twist beyond their normal range of motion. Additionally, ankle pain may happen from a sudden fall, with increased force on the ankle joint, often causing immediate and severe pain. There are several types of arthritis that can affect the ankle and can cause limited mobility. Osteoarthritis gradually develops, and can happen when the cartilage between the bones wears down. Having stiff joints may be the result of this type of arthritis. An autoimmune inflammatory disease can produce rheumatoid arthritis, and can attack the body’s healthy tissues. If an injury to the ankle has occurred, post-traumatic arthritis may develop from the stress, and joint stiffness may continue for years following the injury. If you have any type of ankle pain, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat ankle disorders.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Hugar Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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.

Causes

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
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

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.

Diagnosis

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.

Treatment

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.

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

 

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