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A study published in Arthritis and Rheumatology suggests that cherries can reduce flare-ups of gout.  Goutis a form of inflammatory arthritis caused by an overproduction and crystallization of uric acid, which produces episodes of severe pain and swelling in joints.  Anti-inflammatory drugs are generally proscribed to gout sufferers, but perhaps cherries and cherry extracts will one day provide a natural replacement or enhancement for current prescriptions.

The study monitored 633 patients throughout the course of a year,   tracking participants’ gout attacks and medications.  Researchers also created two-day control periods where subjects ingested either cherries or cherry extract.  They concluded that both cherries and their extracts yield a 35% reduced risk of having a gout attack within the next two days.

Gout attacks can be an exceedingly uncomfortable, and should not be left untreated. If you are struggling with pain caused by gout consult with Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

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.

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To allow room for the toes to stretch naturally, shoe makers are now creating a foot-shaped running shoe that follows the foot’s natural anatomic shape. In the past, some hardcore runners have gone as far as removing their toenails to avoid the damage created from repetitively slamming their toes into the front of their narrow shoes. The repetition of this would create blackened toenails, which in recent years have become a contorted badge of honor for the most intense of runners. The creation of these foot-shaped shoes will fortunately keep toes from being ruined while allowing for comfort and balance of the foot. Shoes include the Topo Runduro, ZEMgear Terra Tech, Merrell Bare Access Trail, and Altra Paradigm.

The most effective running shoes will provide for the best support and protection while running. To learn more about running shoes, speak to Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will assess your injury and provide you with a suitable form of foot care.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities.

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Children who are a part of the school system in Richmond, Virginia were encouraged to walk to school to participate on International Walk to School Day on October 8th. Children, parents, and school teachers of various Richmond schools were invited to participate in the event and celebrate the benefits of exercise. Activities included showing students the importance of pedestrian safety and safe walking routes to school, while also promoting physical activity and health. In addition to participating in International Walk to School Day, Linwood Holton Elementary hosted a Mini-wellness Fair that taught children how to create healthy lifestyles.

Children should learn how to exercise the feet while young in order to carry the habit into adulthood. To learn more about how children can exercise their feet, speak to podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will assess your injury and provide you with a suitable form of foot care.

Exercise for Your Feet

If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.

Exercises

Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the feet work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

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A study comprised of twelve participants was heldat the University of Central Lancashire. The study was conducted by Dr. Jonathan Sinclair. Dr. Sinclair’s study found that wearing orthotic insoles could lower the chances of an Achilles tendon injury.

Dr. Sinclair’s participants, all of them adult males, ran on a mat equipped with special sensors that measured the foot’s biomechanics. While wearing the insoles, the pressure placed on the participants’ Achilles tendons were much less compared to those not wearing insoles. The peak ground reaction of the runners had no difference whether wearing orthotic insoles or not. Sinclair believes this could be that certain running shoes already having cushion around the midsole.

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful and a huge nuisance. If you are suffering from an Achilles tendon injury, consult with podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

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 cause severe 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 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. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries.

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