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July 2022

Arthritis is an umbrella term for diseases that cause pain, inflammation, and in some cases a degradation of joints in the body. Gout is one such form of arthritis. It develops when your body cannot adequately flush out uric acid in the bloodstream, which is a byproduct of purines being broken down. This excess uric acid can crystalize, collect, and build up in joints. This accumulation of hardened uric acid crystals causes the joint to become inflamed, swollen, and painful. Gout can develop in any joint in the body, however it is most prevalent in the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint at the base of the big toe. If you have gout, there is a possibility that you may also have other forms of arthritis as well, as different forms of arthritis share certain risk factors and can create a hospitable environment for other arthritic diseases to take hold in the joints. If you have any pain, swelling, stiffness, or limited movement in any foot or ankle joint, see a podiatrist. By examining the feet and conducting various tests, your podiatrist will be able to properly diagnose your condition and treat it accordingly.


 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Cory Brown, DPM from Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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 Abilene, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2022 00:00

Symptoms of Cuboid Syndrome

One common foot affliction that can cause serious pain is known as cuboid syndrome. This condition causes pain primarily on the outer area of the foot, termed lateral foot pain. Cuboid syndrome occurs when the cuboid bone, a particularly small bone on the outside of the foot, dislocates. This dislocation can be caused either by ankle sprains or repeated trauma on the peroneus longus muscle. There are a number of symptoms that you may experience when you develop cuboid syndrome. In addition to lateral foot pain, you may notice yourself limping when you walk. Limping is common for people experiencing cuboid syndrome, because it indicates that the person is attempting to avoid walking on the cuboid bone. In addition, those suffering from cuboid syndrome might experience swelling and tenderness in the dislocated bone. Although symptoms can vary from patient to patient, you might also experience a feeling of weakness in the entire foot. This weakness can be most pronounced when beginning to jump or run. Cuboid syndrome can detrimentally affect the health of your feet and your lifestyle. It is suggested that you seek the help of a podiatrist to mitigate the pain and treat the condition.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with Cory Brown, DPM from Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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

 

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Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

Protecting Your Feet While on the Clock

Many individuals in the workforce must spend the vast majority of their shift standing on their feet. For example, by nature of their jobs, food servers, hairdressers, retail workers, and others must be on their feet throughout most of the day. This can put these workers at a greater risk of experiencing foot pain and developing bothersome foot conditions. However, if you are one such worker that spends the majority of your day on your feet, there are a number of steps you can take to mitigate any stress or pressure you are exerting on your feet. First, you can be diligent about selecting the right pair of work shoes. Look for shoes or work boots that provide extra support and cushioning, particularly for the arches, ankles, and joints. Additionally, you might also try to find a pair of supportive work socks with a large density of cotton content. This can provide extra support to the insoles of your feet. Lastly, to ensure that you are taking care of your feet while on the clock, you might consider taking twenty minutes or so after every shift to roll out your feet with a cool water bottle. Using this foot care technique will increase blood flow and circulation throughout the foot and reduce any tension in your foot muscles. See a podiatrist for more tips about how you can protect your feet throughout the work day. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Cory Brown, DPM from Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Sunday, 10 July 2022 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Ingrown toenails can occur in individuals of all ages when the side of the nail digs into the skin. This condition is most prevalent in one’s big toe and will cause pain, discomfort, and redness where the ingrown nail meets the skin. Although the causes of ingrown toenails are varied, this condition frequently occurs due to improper nail care. If a toenail is cut too short, for example, the skin on the side of the nail can grow over top of the nail, eventually making it ingrown. Ingrown toenails can also develop when a toenail completely falls off following a serious foot injury or when the nail is severely ripped or misshapen. Some ingrown toenails—notably, milder ones—do not require immediate medical attention. However, making yourself aware of ingrown toenails is important to maintaining healthy feet because this condition can quickly become dangerous. Ingrown toenails may sometimes become infected, producing pus, swelling, warmness, and even unpleasant odors where the ingrown nail meets the skin. Letting such an infection go untreated may exacerbate the condition and the pain felt in the toenail. Upon receiving proper medical attention, your ingrown nail may be cared for by draining pus or removing sections of the ingrown nail. It is suggested you consult with your podiatrist if you feel an ingrown toenail is getting serious.


 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Cory Brown, DPM of Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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