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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
May 04, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Arthritis   Gout   orthotics  

Did you know that 1 in 5 adults are affected by arthritis? Arthritis is the top cause of disability in our country and every year it’s the reason for 172 million missed work days. With 33 joints in each of your feet and ankles, arthritis is clearly a podiatric concern. In honor of National Arthritis Awareness Month we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC want to make sure our patients recognize the symptoms of this debilitating disease.

Types and Symptoms

Arthritis is a broad term that describes over 100 inflammatory joint conditions. The two most common types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid. Osteoarthritis is the most familiar type of arthritis. It is caused by the gradual breakdown of cartilage that occurs as we age. Rheumatoid arthritis is the more serious of the two. It is a complex group of disorders that affects the entire body.

General symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Ongoing or recurrent pain or tenderness in a joint
  • Joint stiffness, especially in the morning
  • Redness or a feeling of heat in the joint
  • Swelling
  • Limited range of motion
  • Skin rashes or growths around the affected joint(s)

Diagnosis and Treatment

Of course, inflammation and pain in the joints can point to other foot disorders too. That’s why it’s important if you have any of these symptoms that you schedule an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. The foot doctor will do a complete examination of your foot and ankle and test your range of motion. X-rays may also be ordered to get a more complete picture.

There are several treatment options for arthritis, including physical therapy, medication, orthotic devices and even dietary changes (if you are overweight or suffer from the arthritic condition of gout). The sooner you seek treatment the sooner the podiatrist can diagnose your condition and put you on the road to relief. Contact our Pooler office for an appointment today by calling: (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 07, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Gout   diabetes   uric acid   diet  

With all the merry making that goes on during the holiday season we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC often see an increase in cases of gout. Gout is a problem that affects joints. It occurs when uric acid builds up and crystallizes in the joints, causing painful inflammation that can come on suddenly and is usually accompanied by swelling and warmth around the joint.

Science and Symptoms

Uric acid is a byproduct of the process of breaking down purines, chemicals found naturally in our body and in certain foods. Normally, uric acid is eliminated in urine but for some people, their kidneys do not eliminate uric acid properly or their body over produces it and this can result in gout.

Site of Attack

Gout can affect any joint, however, it most often strikes the joint of the big toe. Why? Uric acid reacts to cooler temperatures by turning into crystals. Being farthest from the heart, the toe is the coldest part of the body and therefore the most common site for gout occur.

Who Gets Gout?

There are a number of factors that make a patient more prone to gout:

  • High blood
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Genetics
  • Chemotherapy
  • Certain medications and vitamins (particularly niacin)
  • Stress

Food Triggers

Certain foods and beverages contain large amounts of purines and may trigger a gout attack. Unfortunately, many of these foods are popular at the holidays: red meat, shellfish, red wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages. Fatty foods such as turkey skin and rich cream sauces should also be avoided along with organ meats.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can advise you on how to treat gout and provide relief from an attack as well as strategies to avoid gout. To learn more, contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: 912-330-8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.
December 09, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Gout  


Foot Pains“Oh, my aching feet!” How many times have you found yourself yelling, “Oh, my aching feet,” but then shrugged it off, figuring that aching feet are a natural part of life? You don’t have to put up with aching feet.  Your podiatrist in Pooler urges you to not ignore that ache in your feet.  When pain occurs, it is the first sign that something isn’t right, so a trip to The Foot & Ankle Center P.C. is in order.

Gout is a form of arthritis, and it can often cause extreme pain to your feet.  Approximately one million Americans suffer from gout, and although its source is a systemic problem within the body, there are some suggestions for how to treat gout that may help reduce your chance of having a gout flare-up. 

Diagnosis and Treatment

Because the joint inflammation of gout can resemble that of a joint infection or other form of arthritis, diagnosing gout requires removing a small amount of fluid from the joint and examining it for uric acid crystals.  Once diagnosis is made, your podiatrist in Pooler can recommend a gout treatment plan to help:

  • Stop acute attacks
  • Rapidly relieve pain and inflammation
  • Avert future attacks
  • Prevent the development of tophi, kidney stones and kidney disease   

Gout treatment will most likely involve anti-inflammatory medications to relieve acute pain and inflammation, as well as urate-lowering drugs to control urate levels and prevent future attacks.

Other gout treatment strategies might include the following:

  • Avoid foods with high purines, such as organ meats, anchovies, shellfish, bacon and gravies, and increasing intake of dairy foods.
  • Avoid alcohol, which increases the production of urate and impairs excretion
  • Lose weight to reduce blood urate levels
  • Avoid medications that contribute to hyperuricema, including diuretics

With proper treatment by your Pooler podiatrist, gout is one of the most controllable forms of arthritis.  So when pain occurs, don’t just deal with it, seek treatment immediately. 










 

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