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A new study has come out that shows the link of gout to those who have a diet high in purine-rich foods. When the body breaks down purine, a chemical compound found in some foods, it produces uric acid, which can lead to gout if produced in excess. However, the good news is that this article by Bel Marra Health outlines many different types of foods that are great for reducing the risk of gout. It also shows which foods are high in purine and can produce excess uric acid, so knowing which foods to avoid and which to consume can greatly increase your health when it comes to combating gout.    

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of 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 contact our office located in New Albany, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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A study conducted at the University of North Carolina Charlotte used mice to study how the effects of ankle sprains can linger on for life. Young adult mice were separated into three groups, each induced with a different level of ankle sprain. After each group was given an ample amount of time to heal, 70% of the mice were showing symptoms of Chronic Ankle Injury after just one injury. The results showed that Chronic Ankle Injury symptoms may begin to develop after just one year of healing.    

Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you have any concerns about your foot and ankle needs contact Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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 Thanks to the book “Born to Run” and its spin-off movie, barefoot running became a trending form of exercise. Hundreds of runners began to support the belief that naturally landing on the bare forefoot would lessen impending running injuries. With the trend came “barefoot shoes” that attempted to emulate the feeling of running barefoot without actually having to do so. While the excitement over barefoot running has died down, barefoot exercises are still being heralded for their ability to strengthen the foot and improve flexibility. Benefits also include better gait patterns, fall prevention for the elderly, and the rehabilitation of knee and hip pain. 

If you have any questions about barefoot running, contact Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

  • A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
  • Improvement in balance and body  posture
  • Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also some disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

  • Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
  • Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
  • Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you get from wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office, located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all of your foot ankle injuries.

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November 02, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shoes   Flip-flops   Boots  

With the official start of fall now here, many people are switching out their summer flip-flops and sandals for shoes and boots. To throw in some fall foot care and prepare the feet for the next two seasons covered in shoes, consider some simple steps: exfoliation, moisturizing, taking care of the nails, and getting a pedicure. To exfoliate the feet, simply rub a pumice stone to reveal fresh skin. Soften skin with a heavy-duty moisturizer right after you shower. Keep nails looking healthy by trimming and filing them regularly.     

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office, located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all of your foot ankle injuries.

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