Items filtered by date: April 2024

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

What Does Gout Feel Like in the Feet?

Gout in the feet can be excruciating, often characterized by sudden, intense pain, swelling, redness, and warmth in the affected joint, commonly the big toe. It is a type of arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, leading to inflammation and severe discomfort. Gout typically occurs when the body produces excessive uric acid or has difficulty eliminating it, resulting in high levels in the blood. Factors such as diet, genetics, obesity, and certain medications can contribute to gout flare-ups. Treatment options for gout include medications to reduce inflammation and uric acid levels, lifestyle modifications such as dietary changes, and weight and pain management strategies. A chiropodist can assist by providing education on gout management, evaluating foot health, recommending appropriate footwear, and offering interventions to alleviate pain and improve joint function, contributing to better overall foot health and quality of life. If you have had one or more gout attacks, it is suggested that you are under the care of a chiropodist who can help you with management techniques.

Gout is a painful form of arthritis that can affect anyone. Please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Gout?

Gout is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. This type of arthritis is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. When uric acid crystallizes in a joint, often the joint of the big toe, it can bring about a gout attack. 

Symptoms

Symptoms of gout include: 

  • Sudden and severe pain

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Warmth 

  • Joint stiffness

  • Joint deformity

Diagnosis

A chiropodist will ask questions about your personal and family medical history, followed by an examination of the affected joint. Laboratory tests and x-rays are sometimes ordered to determine if the inflammation is caused by something other than gout. A sample of fluid taken from your joint can show whether it contains uric acid. 

Treatment

Prescription medications or injections are used to treat the pain, swelling, and inflammation. Patients with chronic gout can also use behavioral modifications such as diet, exercise, and decreased intake of alcohol to help minimize the frequency of gout attacks. Foods and beverages that are high in purines should be avoided since purines are converted in the body to uric acid. If left untreated, this painful condition can leave your joint permanently damaged and swollen.  

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

Read more about Gout

Constant care and regular evaluation are important for a foot or ankle fracture. If left untreated, foot or ankle fractures can worsen over time and create more serious problems.

Don't wait to be examined if you believe you've experienced a foot or ankle fracture.

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Prevention Tips for Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, medically known as tinea pedis, is a common fungal infection affecting the skin of the feet. This condition thrives in warm, moist environments, making sweaty socks and tight shoes ideal breeding grounds for the fungus. Symptoms include itching, burning, and cracked, peeling skin, often between the toes or on the soles of the feet. To prevent athlete's foot, it is essential to keep feet clean and dry, especially after swimming or sweating. Wearing breathable footwear and changing socks regularly can help minimize moisture buildup. Additionally, avoiding walking barefoot in public places like locker rooms or communal showers reduces the risk of exposure to the fungus. Proper foot hygiene, such as washing feet daily with soap and water and thoroughly drying them afterward, is vital. When using communal facilities, wear protective footwear like flip-flops to provide an extra layer of defense. If you have developed athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you visit a chiropodist who can offer you effective treatment remedies, which may include prescribed medication.

Athlete’s foot can be uncomfortable and unsightly. To learn more about preventing and treating this condition, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Athlete’s Foot? 

Athlete’s foot refers to an infection of the skin on the feet that is caused by a fungus. This fungus is contagious and thrives in warm and moist environments. It is often spread in common areas such as public pools, locker rooms, and showers. It can also spread when sharing personal items, like shoes or towels, with an infected person. 

Symptoms

The symptoms of athlete’s foot may include: 

  • Itching, stinging, or burning of the skin on the feet

  • Cracking or peeling skin, especially between the toes and on the soles of the feet

  • Scaly, red rash on the foot

  • Blisters 

  • Foul odor

Treatment

Treatment for athlete’s foot typically involves using over-the-counter topical antifungal medications on the feet. When over-the-counter options are ineffective, you may need to take prescription oral medications or topical antifungal drugs, or a combination of both. 

Prevention

Preventing athlete’s foot places an emphasis on good foot hygiene practices. 

You can prevent athlete’s foot by:

  • Washing and drying your feet thoroughly every day

  • Wearing shoes when walking in public areas

  • Not sharing personal items, like shoes or socks, with others

  • Wearing shoes and socks made out of breathable materials

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

Read more about Athlete's Foot
Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

A Guide to Measuring Shoe Size at Home

Measuring shoe size accurately at home can ensure a comfortable and proper fit for footwear, especially when unable to visit a store. Begin by gathering a ruler or measuring tape, a piece of paper, and a pencil. Place the paper flat on the ground and position your foot on it, ensuring your heel is against a wall. Use the pencil to mark the longest part of your foot, usually the tip of your longest toe. Measure the distance from the heel to the toe mark in centimeters or inches. Repeat the process for the other foot, as they may differ slightly in size. Once both measurements are obtained, refer to a shoe size chart, typically available online, to determine your correct shoe size. It is advisable to measure your feet in the afternoon or evening when they are at their largest due to natural swelling. By following these simple steps, you can confidently find the right shoe size from the comfort of your home, ensuring both comfort and style in your footwear choices. If you are seeking additional information about the importance of finding your right shoe size and how to accomplish this, it is suggested that you confer with a chiropodist.

Finding the right shoes can be a hassle, however, wearing properly fitted shoes is one of the best things that you can do to prevent future foot problems. For more information about the importance of wearing the right shoe size, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility.

Tips for finding shoes that fit

  • Measure your foot - This should be done later in the day when your feet are naturally at their largest. An associate at a shoe store can measure your foot using a Brannock device. 

  • Wear the right socks - You should be wearing the socks or other hosiery that you intend to wear with the kind of shoe you are looking for. For example, if you are shopping for running shoes, wear the socks that you would normally wear while running.

  • Remember these numbers - When trying on shoes, there should be about ½ an inch of space between the end of your longest toe and the end of the front of the shoe, and ⅛ of an inch between the back of your heel and the shoe

  • Don’t “break them in” - Any shoes you buy should be immediately comfortable; don’t settle for shoes that you have to “break in" before you can wear them out. 

A chiropodist can help you find the best shoes and orthotics to help maintain the health of your feet. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs. 

Read more about Getting the Right Shoe Size