Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Gout, often depicted in old-time images as a wealthy person or aristocratic figure suffering from swollen and inflamed joints, is a form of arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. These portrayals often included exaggerated features such as red, swollen feet, and grimacing facial expressions, highlighting the intense pain associated with gout attacks. Such imagery reflected the prevailing perception that gout was a disease of excess, commonly associated with indulgence in rich foods and alcohol consumption. The accumulation of uric acid typically affects the big toe but can occur in other joints as well. Gout flares are intensely painful, often described as sudden and excruciating. While genetics can predispose individuals to gout, lifestyle factors like diet, alcohol consumption, and obesity also play a role. Treatment for gout focuses on managing pain and reducing uric acid levels through medications, lifestyle changes, and dietary modifications. Contemporary understanding of gout has evolved and a podiatrist can help in its management by diagnosing the condition, providing pain relief strategies, recommending appropriate footwear, and offering guidance on preventing future flare-ups. If you have gout, it is suggested that you partner with a podiatrist to effectively manage your symptoms for better life quality.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our doctors from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctors 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 Needham, Norwood, and Hanover, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

A broken ankle, or ankle fracture, occurs when one or more bones in the ankle joint break. This injury often happens due to a sudden twisting motion, direct impact, or a fall. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected ankle. Treatment typically involves immobilization with a cast or brace, rest, elevation, and pain management. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to realign the bones or stabilize severe fractures. Podiatrists provide treatment and management of broken ankles, provide expert diagnosis, and coordinate treatment plans. Additionally, they can monitor the healing progress and offer rehabilitation guidance to restore function and prevent future complications. If you have sustained an ankle fracture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with this type of health professional.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our doctors from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Needham, Norwood, and Hanover, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

In the world of running, the strength and flexibility of the feet often go unnoticed. From simple toe squish and toe splay exercises to deep squats and hip mobilization techniques, maintaining optimal foot function is essential for improving performance and avoiding injuries. These foot exercises not only strengthen the muscles and ligaments that support the arches, they also encourage proper alignment and biomechanics. Additionally, incorporating jumping exercises can enhance foot elasticity and running efficiency. Whether it's fine-tuning foot mechanics or overcoming injuries, a podiatrist's expertise can be indispensable for runners striving for peak performance and long-term foot health. It is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose any foot problems and offer treatment options to keep you running on the right path.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our doctors from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctors to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Needham, Norwood, and Hanover, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2024 00:00

Have you noticed discoloration of your toenails? Have they become thickened or brittle? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of a fungal nail infection. For some, having a fungal nail can be embarrassing. Overcome your embarrassment, and get treated.

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