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Monday, 26 November 2018 00:00

Possible Causes of Gout

The painful condition that is known as gout is a form of arthritis. The pain is a result of excess uric acid that accumulates in the blood. This may cause crystals to form, which lodge in the joints of the big toe, and any inflammation that may occur will typically cause severe pain. This condition may develop if certain foods are ingested in excess on a frequent basis. These may include shellfish, red meat, or alcohol, and it is suggested to alter these choices for the possible prevention of gout. Research has shown there may be other factors why gout may develop, including genetic traits, ingesting specific medications, or enduring a recent trauma. If you feel you have gout, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible, so correct treatment options can be implemented.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Jeffrey Lerner from Palm Beach Podiatric Center. 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 one of our offices located in Wellington and Boca Raton, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet.

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Monday, 19 November 2018 00:00

What Causes a Stress Fracture?

Research has shown that when bones in the foot endure repeated impact, the result may be a stress fracture. The muscles and tendons may become overworked, and a small crack may appear in the bones. The name of the bones that a stress fracture may most likely occur in is the second and third metatarsals of the foot, and this may be due to the fact that they are longer and thinner than the first metatarsal, which may enable a break to happen easier. This type of fracture will typically appear in the bones of the foot because they bear the weight of the body. Many people who participate in specific sports including volleyball, soccer, or tennis may experience stress fractures, which may be a result of not stretching the muscles properly before engaging in these sports. The symptoms that are associated with this type of injury may include pain and discomfort while walking or running, tenderness when touched, in addition to bruising and swelling. If you feel you may possibly have a stress fracture in your foot, it’s suggested to speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so correct treatment can begin.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Jeffrey Lerner from Palm Beach Podiatric Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then 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. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating 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
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • 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 high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wellington and Boca Raton, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

The Benefit of Your Child Walking Barefoot

It is known that the feet are comprised of 26 bones and several hundred muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It’s important to pay close attention to your child’s feet, which may ensure they develop normally. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and will typically grow until they reach approximately 18 years of age. Research has shown the importance of having your child walk barefoot while in an indoor environment as often as possible, as this may promote full stretching of the toes. Additionally, children’s feet will benefit by being measured regularly so the correct size shoes can be purchased. If you would like additional information about how to prevent uncomfortable foot conditions from developing, please speak with a podiatrist.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. Jeffrey Lerner of Palm Beach Podiatric Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of intoeing or outtoeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water, and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wellington and Boca Raton, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 05 November 2018 00:00

Symptoms Of An Achilles Tendon Injury

The Achilles tendon is located in the back of the leg and its purpose is to connect the calf muscle to the heel. If an inflammation should occur as a result of an injury to this tendon, you may experience difficulty in pointing and flexing your toes in addition to severe pain while walking or running. There are several causes why this may occur, including running uphill frequently, which may cause the tendon to be overused, activities such as jumping and running, which may tear the tendon, or having flat feet, which may make the feet turn inward, possibly putting pressure on the tendon. If you have endured an Achilles tendon injury, you will most likely notice symptoms that may include swelling and tenderness in the back of the heel, or struggling to rise on your tiptoes because of the pain that may be present in the back of the ankle. If you have injured your foot and think it may be an Achilles tendon tear, it’s advised to speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible to discuss correct treatment options for you.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Jeffrey Lerner of Palm Beach Podiatric Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 create immense 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 injuries 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 one of our offices located in Wellington and Boca Raton, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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