Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Gout is a type of arthritis that causes sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in joints, often affecting the feet. It occurs when urate crystals accumulate in the joints, causing inflammation and intense pain. These crystals form when there are high levels of uric acid in the blood. The body produces uric acid when it breaks down purines, substances found naturally in the body, and certain foods. Gout can affect anyone, but it is more common in men, postmenopausal women, and individuals with kidney disease or a family history of gout. In the feet, gout typically impacts the big toe, but it can also affect other parts like the ankles and heels. The pain can be excruciating, described as a burning or stabbing sensation, often waking individuals from sleep. Swelling, redness, and warmth in the affected area are common symptoms. To manage gout, lifestyle changes such as diet modification, weight loss, and avoiding alcohol are recommended. Medications to reduce uric acid levels and inflammation may also be prescribed. If you experience severe foot pain due to gout, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for targeted treatment and management strategies.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Kristopher Jerry, DPM from Podiatry Health Services . Our doctor 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 offices located in Port St Lucie, Stuart, and Hollywood, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Ankle pain is a common complaint that can significantly impact daily activities and mobility. Understanding the connection between ankle ligaments and pain is vital for effective management and prevention of debilitating conditions. The ankle comprises several ligaments responsible for stabilizing the joint and supporting movement. When these ligaments become overstretched or torn due to injury or strain, it can result in ankle pain and instability. For instance, an ankle sprain, characterized by damage to the ligaments on the outer side of the ankle, often leads to swelling, bruising, and pain during weight-bearing activities. Chronic conditions like ligament laxity or instability can also contribute to recurrent ankle pain and discomfort. Proper diagnosis through physical examination, imaging tests, and medical history evaluation is essential to identify the underlying cause of ankle pain and develop an appropriate treatment plan. This may include rest, bracing, or surgical intervention to repair or reconstruct damaged ligaments and restore joint function, ultimately alleviating pain and promoting long-term ankle health. If you have ankle pain, it is suggested that you seek the advice of a podiatrist who can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Kristopher Jerry, DPM  from Podiatry Health Services . Our doctor 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 offices located in Port St Lucie, Stuart, and Hollywood, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

A Jones fracture occurs in the fifth metatarsal bone of the foot and has distinct symptoms that necessitate prompt medical attention. Typically caused by a severe direct impact, this avulsion fracture involves the tearing away of a bone fragment by tendons or muscles. Acute pain is often the primary indicator of a Jones fracture, and individuals experiencing persistent pain at the base of the foot should seek immediate medical attention. Other symptoms associated with a Jones fracture include swelling, bruising, and impaired movement of the little toe. Contrary to common belief, movement may still be possible despite the fracture, but will be accompanied by significant pain. Impaired balance also can signal a potential Jones fracture, highlighting the importance of recognizing all symptoms. Swelling, typically localized around the fifth metatarsal bone and pinky toe is another indication of the likelihood of a Jones fracture. Typically, Jones fractures require approximately six to eight weeks to heal properly, and the foot may be immobilized in a cast during this period to promote optimal healing. If you suspect you may have sustained a Jones fracture, it is suggested that you make an emergency appointment with a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation, including X-rays, and appropriate treatment.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Kristopher Jerry, DPM from Podiatry Health Services . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Port St Lucie, Stuart, and Hollywood, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 31 May 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!