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Monday, 27 July 2015 00:00

Gout Often Misdiagnosed in Women

fungal-toenail2Three years ago Kathleen Sundbye began feeling a painful burning sensation in her right foot that was quickly diagnosed as gout. Accordingly, many women are often misdiagnosed since gout is known to occur more likely in males. In recent years more and more women have been diagnosed with the disease; however, it seems to occur in different areas of the lower extremities compared to men. Most men experience gout pain in their knees, ankles, and feet while women will have it in their knees and toes.

 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with one of our podiatrists of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson. Our doctors will assist you with all of 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 Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and holistic treatment protocols for all your individual foot and ankle needs.

 

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broken-foot4Rumer Willis, winner of Dancing with the Stars season 20, recently sustained a stress fracture in her left foot keeping her from performing for the remainder of the Dancing with the Stars Live Tour. The 26-year-old actress has been seen out and about sporting a boot to protect the injury of her lower extremity. “I have to hang up my dancing shoes for a little bit because of a few stress fractures in my foot but it’s not going to stop me from singing for you guys on the #DWTSlivetour,” Willis explained.

 

Activities, such as dancing, where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

 

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

 

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

 

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

- runners                                  

- people affected with Osteoporosis

- play tennis or basketball

- gymnastics

- high impact workouts

 

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

 

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If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

 

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childrens-feet15 Hydrofeet uses liquid glycerin and thermoplastic polyurethane to create insoles that ease the pain of plantar warts in children. Children suffering from plantar warts experience discomfort when participating in sports since the warts typically occur on the soles of the feet making standing, walking, or running uncomfortable. The insole adjusts to support the arch of each foot and massages the foot with each step to reduce pain. Although most plantar warts will eventually go away on their own, if your child is experiencing tremendous pain it is always best to see a doctor for treatment.

 

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you have any concerns with plantar warts on your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

About Plantar Warts

 

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

 

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

 

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

 

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

 

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

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feet3In the new Jurassic World movie, Bryce Dallas Howard was often seen running away from dinosaurs in high heels. Although it would seem strange to have a character not change into a more stable shoe to run around in, Howard believed it was a proper fit for the movie and trained her ankles accordingly for the role. With the help of UFC winner Pete Williams, she participated in balance and ankle exercises to help reduce any potential injuries of running around in high heels. “I remember about half-way through I thought to myself, ‘Man, my ankles are so strong,’” the actress stated.

 

Running in high heels can cause many problems for the feet and ankles. If you have any concerns about your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

 

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity. Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

 

What parts 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. Also, 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; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

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Monday, 29 June 2015 00:00

Botox Helpful in Treating Neuropathy

childrens-feet15 According to an animal study, Botox may be used to reduce neuropathy pain. Dr. Tony L. Yaksh of UC San Diego studied the effects of local and spinal injections of the Botox B, an approved form of Botox by the FDA. Dr. Yaksh and colleagues induced mononeuropathy and polyneuropathy into two groups of mice and then injected the Botox-B into the spine as well as locally through the paws. The local injections reduced pain in the mononeuropathy mice, but did not significantly reduce pain the polyneuropathy group. The spinal injection significantly reduced pain in all four paws of the mice. The study proved that Botox can be useful in treating neuropathy when injected a certain way..

 

If you have concerns regarding systemic diseases such as neuropathy and their effects on the feet, consult with one of our podiatrists of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions and provide you with the treatment you need.

 

Systemic Diseases of the Foot

 

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

 

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

 

Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

 

Diabetes of the Feet

● Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

● Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.

 

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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hammertoe4According to a study commissioned by the Public Health England and the Active Working Community Interest Company, standing on your feet for more than half of the day can reduce the risk of heart attacks, cancer, and diabetes. The study states that employers should allow their workers to stand for at least two hours of the day or provide standing desks to significantly reduce the changes or cardio metabolic diseases or premature mortality. The change in work behavior may be uncomfortable at first, but the change in habits is better for long term health benefits.

 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

 

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

 

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.

 

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

 

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen.

 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

Keep your feet healthy and your body will thank you for it.

 

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

 

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corns2According to Men’s Journal cracked heels, corns, and calluses, a common problem for men and women, can be a quick fix at home or the salon. The foot condition, although easily treatable, occurs because of ill-fitting shoes or through frequent motions over the foot such as running causing friction between bones, skin, and shoes. If your calluses or cracked heels are more extreme than usual, visit a salon for a pedicure since they can easily remedy the situation. At home, you can soak your feet in warm water for ten minutes and use a pumice stone to scrub and soften the area.

 

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns contact one of our podiatrists of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle needs.



Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

 

How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

 

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.

Moisturizers – applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy, with a well-balanced diet, will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to what kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements will also help with skin tissue.

 

Most importantly seek a health professional for foot care if something is wrong or doesn’t seem to be working. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

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Monday, 08 June 2015 22:54

Start Up Aims to Make Orthotics Trendy

orthotics5Sols, a New York based startup, is trying to make orthotics cool for the younger generations. The company labels themselves as a “lifestyle brand” with advertisements portraying how great anyone and everyone wearing orthotics are. With the use of 3D printing and an iPhone app, anyone can soon have trendy orthotics for hundreds less than a standard pair of inserts. Although some foot doctors believe that orthotics should be worn only if you are having an issue, Sols still generated over $19 million dollars from investors.

 

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

 

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct over arched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

 

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you, or if you have a more severe foot issue, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and more severe heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses, and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

 

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist on the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain free.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

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ankle-injury4Weronika Molinski was on her way to start a new fitness program in Colorado when she ruptured her Achilles tendon. Although she was unable to walk for a few months, Molinski was treated with a new minimally invasive surgery that is often compared to knitting. Doctors would use a device to attach sutures to her tendon and pull the sutures in and out of her skin. This method additionally leaves a smaller scar compared to the large vertical scar left with traditional surgeries. While Molinski was simply happy she could exercise again doctors stated, “The benefit is, by making a small incision, you’re minimizing the risk associated with fixing a tendon repair.”

 

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns contact one of our podiatrists of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

What is the Achilles Tendon?

 

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

 

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

 

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

 

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

 

- Inflammation

- Dull to Severe Pain

- Increased blood flow to the tendon

- Thickening of the tendon

 

Rupture Symptoms

 

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot

- Total immobility

 

Treatment and Prevention

 

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise

- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

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pregnancy6Although soon-to-be moms have many things to take care of during pregnancy, it is additionally important that feet and ankles are paid attention to. During pregnancy many women experience natural weight gain in addition to swollen ankles, feet, and flat feet. Accordingly there are certain exercise techniques that can help reduce these foot ailments. If sitting for a long period of time, take short walks regularly to reduce swelling in the feet and ankles. To reduce over-pronation or flattening of the arch, stretch the calves, rotate the ankles in a circular motion, and try the reverse and standing calf raise.

 

Pregnancy can put a tremendous amount of stress on the feet. If you have any concerns contact one of our podiatrists of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

 

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, 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 Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

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