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Monday, 03 August 2020 00:00

Excess uric acid in the bloodstream may cause an arthritic condition that is known as gout. This can happen as a result of genetic factors, or from eating foods that have elevated purine levels. These types of foods can include red meat, shellfish, and drinks that have large amounts of sugar. Gout typically affects the big toe, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Common symptoms consist of swelling, tenderness, and the affected area may appear red. A proper diagnosis is done by performing a blood test which can be helpful in verifying the amounts of uric acid in the blood. Additionally, in some cases, a needle may be inserted into the affected area to analyze the crystals and confirm the onset of gout. There are methods that can be implemented which may prevent painful gout attacks from occurring. It is beneficial to ingest a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, in addition to drinking plenty of fresh water daily. If you are afflicted with gout, it is strongly suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can help you find relief as quickly as possible.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Don A. Shumway, DPM from Arizona. 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 Snowflake, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 03 August 2020 00:00

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Monday, 27 July 2020 00:00

Patients who have diabetes are generally aware of the importance of maintaining proper foot care. There are specific types of foot conditions that diabetic patients can be prone to. These can include neuropathy, foot deformities, and poor circulation. Neuropathy can cause the inability to feel sensations in the feet, or the feet may tingle. It may be difficult to feel a wound, cut, or bruise if this condition develops. Poor circulation can cause a slower healing response to existing infections and cuts. It is beneficial to ensure blood sugar levels are controlled, in addition to inspecting the feet on a daily basis. Applying a good moisturizer may help the feet to remain smooth, and this can possibly prevent cracked heels and calluses from developing. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Don A. Shumway, DPM from Arizona. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Monday, 20 July 2020 00:00

Many patients who enjoy the sport of running are often aware of the importance of preventing running injuries. When strength training and stretching techniques are frequently practiced, the likelihood of getting a running injury may be reduced. Research has indicated it is beneficial to warm up before and after running, and this can help to improve range of motion. This includes stretching the upper body, which may help to reduce existing weak spots. Many running injuries can be prevented when the time and mileage is gradually increased, and this can give the body time to adapt to successfully complete a training program. If you would like additional information how running injuries can affect the feet and how to avoid them, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Don A. Shumway, DPM of Arizona. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

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

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