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Monday, 01 June 2020 00:00

One form of inflammatory arthritis is known as gout. This condition often causes severe pain and discomfort in the big toe and surrounding area, and it may be difficult to accomplish daily activities. Many patients experience gout attacks that occur suddenly, and can last for several days. This condition happens as a result of excess uric acid in the bloodstream, and can be caused by a variety of reasons. These can include genetic factors, eating foods that have high purine levels, and being overweight. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this ailment can include debilitating pain and swelling surrounding the big toe, and the impacted area may be red and tender when touched. Gout may be controlled by eating healthy foods, and taking specific medications that may relieve a portion of the pain. If you are afflicted with gout, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. George Silver from Greater Orange Foot Care. 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 Orange, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 00:00

Research has indicated babies' feet can become stronger when the toes and feet can move without the restrictions of shoes. The foot muscles can become stronger when the child frequently kicks and wiggles their toes. As children begin to walk, wearing shoes while indoors is discouraged. When walking is done barefoot, the entire foot generally becomes stronger due to the toes grasping the floor. The average age children begin to walk is approximately twelve months. When the first pair of shoes is purchased, it is beneficial to ensure there is adequate room for the toes to move freely in. It is also recommended that your child’s feet are properly measured, as this can help to determine the correct size shoe. For additional information about children's feet and what shoes to purchase, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. George Silver of Greater Orange Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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

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Monday, 18 May 2020 00:00

Many women choose to wear high heels for several reasons, despite knowing they may hurt their feet. These types of shoes can be stylish, and can accentuate a particular clothing style, in addition to making the legs appear slender. It is important to purchase the right size shoes, which may help to ensure maximum comfort. The toes may benefit when there is adequate room for them to move freely, and this can be accomplished by choosing shoes that have a round toe area. The feet may need to rest after wearing high heels, and it is recommended to alternate with shoes that have a lower heel. Foot conditions that may develop from frequently wearing high heels can consist of bunions, hammertoe, corns, and blisters. If you would like additional information about how high heels can impact the feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. George Silver from Greater Orange Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 00:00

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