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Fortunately, gout is treatable using home remedies and complimentary healing practices. Gout is a complex type of arthritis which affects more than 8 million Americans, according to Mayo Clinic. It is often characterized by severe attacks of pain that comes on suddenly, causing pain in the joints and often the “big toe”. Tracy Woolrich of Emax Health believes there's a treatable solution to help mitigate gout pain and place a handle on the condition. Woolrich states apples help neutralize the uric acid in the body which causes gout, bananas also help transform the crystals of uric acid into liquid form, which helps flushing it out of your system.

Woolrich adds Vitamin C supplements, other herbs, and topical applications can also be quite effective for managing gout. Although Woolrich stands firm with her belief in home remedies, she states that these treatment options may not work for everyone. She also suggests seeking help of a health care provider or someone knowledgeable in treating Gout for extreme cases.  

Gout is uncomfortable, but can be prevented with a proper diet and exercise. If you have gout, consider contacting a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can teach you what foods cause gout and suggest options for caring for the afflicted foot or feet.

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever. 

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Prevent Running InjuriesRunners in a recent study reported higher rates of injury and pain with less structured shoes. But many advocates of the barefoot running style promote that “minimalist” running provides a more natural experience one should engage in. In the study, participants had two to three times as many injuries as compared to runners who stuck with traditional shoes.

The study took place over a three month period, so participants would be able to switch from traditional shoes to minimalist ones. Minimalist footwear is designed to provide as little interference to the runner as possible indicated Dr. Michael Ryan of Griffith University in Australia.   

By keeping certain techniques in mind, many running injuries can be easily avoided. To learn about how to run safely, consider contacting a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry . Dr. Ladha can give you advice and tips about how to exercise properly.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits you’re running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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La Salle´s Tyreek Duren. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)The La Salle’s point guard Tyreek Duren is playing basketball with plantar fasciitis- a condition which causes a ligament strain and is affecting his right heel.  Plantar fascia can be compared to as walking with a rock in a shoe.

Duren doesn’t really walk much in basketball games, but does move around quite a bit; which is why he is largely considered as the top guard in the season.

 According to Duren, he feels near to pain-free, and Explorers coach John Giannini believes that the senior guard is back to an improved state.  

"The first couple of games, I was OK," Duren said. "I didn't know when it was going to hurt. . . . Say for the first 10 minutes, I was fine. Then I didn't know. Then I'd come down on it awkwardly." Duren added that his condition did slow him down. "One play I could go fast, then I'd pay for it the next couple of possessions. Going for a layup, I'd always come down hard. The next couple of plays on defense, I'd go, 'I've got to take it easy.' "

If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis or heel pain, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will examine your heel pain and determine if you have plantar fasciitis before proceeding with other viable options.

The Condition Known as Plantar Fasciitis

An inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, Plantar Fasciitis can cause a great deal of pain in the arch and heel of the foot.

Treatments That Can Help Plantar Fasciitis

· Shockwave Therapy- works by sending sound waves to the sites where pain is being experienced. Commonly used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis, shockwave therapy usually requires multiple sessions
· Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia. This is from a relatively smaller new study but shown to be effective in most cases treated
· Conservative Measures- ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, physical therapy and/or anti-inflammatory medication

What Can Cause Plantar Fasciitis?

· Excessive running
· Lack of adequate footwear
· Bad foot support
· Overpronation
· Obesity

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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jeff taylorCharlotte Bobcats player Jeff Taylor will be on the bench for the rest of the season after sustaining a rupture to his right Achilles tendon during a game against the Detroit Pistons. Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said that while it will be too early to speculate how many months Taylor will be out, he personally believes the small forward will be ‘just fine’.

“What I relayed to him is it’s unfortunate for him and really unfortunate for his teammates, because he’s a big part of this team,” Clifford said. “But his mindset has to be on his career now. And for his career, it shouldn’t be a problem. From what other guys (rehabbing from similar injuries) have done, if he has the same approach to his injury that he has to improving his game, then he should come back and be 100 percent.”

Achilles tendon injuries are painful. If you injured your Achilles tendon, visit podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can treat your injuries and help you to manage the pain and discomfort involved.

Just What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in our bodies. As the tendon that connects the heel to the calf muscles, the Achilles tendon helps with even the most basic movement in the legs such as walking. As a result, the Achilles tendon can risk incurring Achilles tendinitis or even a rupture. Those especially at risk include people who overexert themselves during physical activity, namely athletes.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms Include:

  • Inflammation
  • Increased Blood Flow
  • Tendon Thickening
  • Slower Movement Time
  • Pain ranging from dull to severe

Achilles Tendon ruptures are caused by the tendon ‘snapping’ or ripping. There are often more painful and immediate as opposed to Achilles tendinitis. There are surgical and non-surgical methods in treating Achilles tendon ruptures, with recovery time possibly taking up to a year.

While no injury is completely avoidable, there are preventive measures that can lower your chances. This includes:

  • Incorporating strengthening exercises to your workout regimen such as squats and leg presses
  • Stretch your tendon before and after exercise
  • Wear comfortable, fitted footwear that is occasion-specific

And of course, if you believe you have injured your Achilles tendon be sure to visit a podiatrist immediately, as they can help diagnose and address your problem.

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tom is a talented junior distance runner, and also plays football, rugby, hockey and is a keen kite-surfer10-year-old athlete Tom Seager didn’t understand why he suddenly had sore calves and heels one day. He participated in a lot of sports, but he hadn’t injured himself and he was healthy otherwise.

His parents took him to a doctor and he was informed that he had Sever’s disease, a condition that afflicts athletic prepubescent children sometimes. Research shows that this disease is becoming more and more common as children in our society become more athletic. Tom made a full recovery rather quickly.

There aren’t any serious medical complications associated with Sever’s disease, but can still be annoying and painful. If you think your child may be suffering from Sever’s disease, visit a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry . Dr. Ladah will take a look at your child’s foot and see if any further treatment is needed.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Toe gait- develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.

Symptoms

Acute pain – pain asscoiatied with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

Improper pronation – the rolling of the foot during walking or running and obesity are all linked to causing Sever’s disease.

For more information about Sever’s Disease, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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