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Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

Causes of Gout

If you have ever experienced gout, you may be familiar with the intense pain and discomfort that often accompanies this condition. This typically occurs in the big toe and surrounding areas, where it may become swollen. It happens as a result of elevated uric acid levels in the blood, and may come from eating foods that are high in purines. These types of food may include red meats, shellfish, or drinks that have high fructose levels. The excess purines can cause crystals to form in the blood, and may lodge in the joints of the toe. Research has shown that occurrences of gout may be linked to obesity and high blood pressure, or people who are afflicted with kidney disease may develop this form of arthritis. It may be beneficial to rest the foot or apply cold compresses while an attack happens. If you are experiencing gout, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Sayville Foot Care. 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 office located in Sayville, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

How to Prevent Blisters When Hiking

Blisters are very common, and despite being small they can be very aggravating. Blisters are even more common for people who regularly participate in physical activities. Hiking is an example of a pastime that can easily result in uncomfortable blisters, especially hiking in boots. Thankfully, there are some ways to help prevent blisters from forming. Wearing shoes that fit properly is probably the most important aspect of preventing blisters. Shoes that have been broken in are optimal because they will form around your foot naturally. Always wear socks, but preferably not cotton socks because cotton holds moisture close to the skin. Moisture helps blisters thrive, so it is best to keep your feet dry. Supportive insoles are also useful because they help keep your foot in place and prevent it from sliding around in your shoe. If you have a blister or would like more information on how to prevent blisters, speak with a podiatrist.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Sayville Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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

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Parents are naturally concerned for all parts of their children’s health, but it is easy to sometimes forget about children’s feet. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to make sure your children’s feet are staying as healthy as they should be. Keeping feet clean and dry helps to prevent bacterial and fungal infection. Good hygiene will assist in stopping conditions like athletes’ foot, that thrive in moisture, from developing. Cutting toenails straight across will help to prevent uncomfortable ingrown toenails and showing children this technique in their younger years will help them carry this habit into adulthood. Shoes that fit properly are also essential. Children’s feet are constantly growing, so it is important to get their feet measured when buying new shoes. Tight shoes put children at a higher risk for blisters, corns, calluses, and ingrown toenails, which can all become infected. If you would like additional information about how to care for your child’s feet, then it is recommended to speak with a podiatrist to learn more about children’s foot health.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Sayville Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Monday, 04 February 2019 00:00

Relief for Your Bunions

Bunions are a common condition and are easy to spot. If there is a protrusion below your big toe or pinky toe, then it is most likely a bunion. Bunions can cause discomfort or pain, especially in the wrong shoes. Thankfully, there are a few simple ways to relieve some of the annoyances caused by bunions. Wearing a toe spacer can help realign your bones, but they should only be worn in moderation. Toe spacers act as braces for your toes but wearing them for too long can cause painful leg cramps. Changing your footwear can also impact your bunions. Shoes that are wider around the toes give bunions space and can relieve some of the pain associated with narrow toed shoes. Bunion massages may also help alleviate some pain. Bunions have trigger points that cause muscles to shorten and massaging the area can help to stretch the surrounding muscles. If you have a bunion and would like to learn more about alleviating uncomfortable symptoms, it is recommended you speak with a podiatrist to learn about the right treatment for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Sayville Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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