Friday, 01 March 2024 00:00

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, 27 February 2024 00:00

Foot arthritis is a common condition in older adults, but it has not been studied as much as arthritis in the knees or hands. Most studies focus on the big toe joint, but not much is known about arthritis in the middle of the foot. Approximately 17 percent of people over age 50 have foot arthritis that causes symptoms and is visible on X-rays. The big toe joint is usually affected the most, followed by other joints in the foot. There are several types of foot arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout that require different treatments. Podiatrists may recommend wearing special shoes, custom-made orthotics, and sometimes surgery to help ease pain. If you have chronic foot pain, you may be suffering from a type of arthritis. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and determination of what the cause is, followed by obtaining proper treatment.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Scott Matthews, DPM, MD from Salem Foot Care . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

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

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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Foot swelling, or edema, is a common occurrence during pregnancy and can be attributed to various factors. As the body produces more blood and bodily fluids to support the developing fetus, the circulatory system experiences increased pressure, leading to fluid retention in the feet and ankles. Hormonal changes, specifically elevated levels of progesterone, contribute to the relaxation of blood vessels, causing them to dilate and allowing fluid to accumulate in the lower extremities. Additionally, the growing uterus puts pressure on the veins that return blood from the legs to the heart, further impeding circulation and exacerbating swelling. Prolonged standing or sitting, high ambient temperatures, and dietary factors like excessive salt intake can also exacerbate foot swelling at this time. If you are seeking relief options for your swollen feet during pregnancy, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief techniques.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Scott Matthews, DPM, MD from Salem Foot Care . Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Besides the immediate discomfort of gout attacks, continuous and untreated gout attacks leave potential for joint damage. Gout is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the body. The acid crystallizes and builds up in the joints, leading to painful episodes called gout attacks that often start in the big toe. Recurrent gout attacks can contribute to joint damage and deterioration over time. The repeated inflammatory responses within the joints can erode cartilage, the protective tissue that cushions the joints, and can cause irreversible damage. Untreated gout can also lead to the formation of tophi, lumps of uric acid crystals that accumulate in and around the joints. While usually painless, tophi can cause damage to the bone, pop up above the skin, and become infected. If you have gout or big toe pain, it is suggested you seek the help of a podiatrist who can develop a treatment plan that prevents long-term joint damage and preserves your joint health.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Scott Matthews, DPM, MD from Salem 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 Wikesboro, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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