Posts for tag: Gout
Gout is a painful condition caused by excessive uric acid build up in the blood, and when acid reaches a tipping point, it can crystallize out into your joints, often striking the large joint of the big toe. Drinking excessive amounts of grain-based alcohol like beer and whiskey can increase uric acid levels. Being under a lot of stress can also trigger a gout attack, and some medicines can have the effect of increasing uric acid and causing gout.
Frequently people feel an itching and burning sensation an hour or two before a gout attack occurs. An attack can also strike at night, and even the slightest brush of your sheet over your big toe can cause intense pain from the uric acid crystals poking into your skin.
How to minimize the pain of a gout attack and prevent future flare-ups:
- Take off your shoes—Remove your footwear and socks to let your feet breathe and avoid added irritation from rubbing.
- Rest, raise, and ice your foot—Decrease your activities, and try not to walk on the foot during an attack. Lie down and elevate your foot on a pillow. Ice applied to the area for fifteen minutes several times a day will help reduce inflammation and pain.
- Avoid drinking alcohol—Avoid drinking alcohol, especially during an attack since it can make the episode more severe and last even longer.
- Avoid eating foods that contain purines—Fatty foods, shrimp, lobster, and organ meats are high in purines and should be minimized or avoided.
- Take ibuprofen—or other pain medicine to decrease discomfort and inflammation.
If you are experiencing ongoing and debilitating gout attacks, see your foot doctor for the proper care. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M., is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
There are a wide variety of causes for ankle pain due to the complex structure of the foot and ankle. A multitude of tendons, ligaments, bones and other tissues are all susceptible to painful and debilitating problems associated with stress and injury. Ankle pain can radiate from the inside to the outside of the ankle, and even along the Achilles tendon which can radiate the pain further up the leg and even into the knees.
Some common causes of ankle pain and discomfort include the following:
● Tendonitis or tendon rupture
● Various types of arthritis
Because the ankle joint is so complex, even a minor injury can bring on severe pain, swelling, and discomfort.
Initial treatment for ankle pain is with the RICE method:
- Rest—Take the weight off of the ankle by using crutches or a wheelchair.
- Ice—Apply ice several times a day for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
- Compression—A compression bandage can be wrapped around the ankle to help immobilize it and decrease swelling.
- Elevation—Propping your foot up on a pillow, so it is above the level of your heart will decrease swelling.
Ibuprofen or Tylenol can be taken to further reduce pain and inflammation. If the discomfort and swelling does not subside significantly after a few hours and if substantial improvement doesn’t occur after a few days, you may have a serious injury that requires medical attention. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
There are many conditions and diseases that can cause pain in the big toe. Structural deformities like bunions are a major source of big toe pain. Big toe pain is one of the most common conditions treated by podiatrists, and since the conditions that cause it can be similar, you need to see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Some other conditions that can cause pain in the big toe to include:
- Gout—When the uric acid in your blood builds up past a certain level it will crystallize into the extremities, often painfully affecting joints in the feet and hands with the large joint of the big toe frequently being affected. Gout is linked to a poor diet and excessive alcohol consumption.
- Turf toe—This athletic injury is a sprain of the big toe that often happens on artificial turf, but the injury can happen playing on any surface. The force of jamming your toes into the ground or from pushing off too abruptly can cause the ligaments around the toe to become inflamed and painful.
- Stiff big toe (hallux rigidus)—Hallux is the Latin term for the big toe, and rigidus designates the complete rigidity of the big toe that is often noticed as this condition progresses. Stiff big toe can often be treated by wearing properly fitted shoes and with the correct orthotic inserts to help alleviate the pain and discomfort.
If you are experiencing big toe pain, seeing your podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Ever feel intense pain in your joints out of nowhere? You might have gout, the condition that is the result of uric acid buildup in the blood. When the acid reaches a certain level of concentration, it will crystalize out of the blood and into the joints causing intense pain. The joints of the feet and ankles are frequently affected as are the knees, wrists, and hands.
Symptoms of gout include the following:
- Pain in the large joint of the big toe—When gout strikes the big toe it is called podagra and this is probably the most common location for a gout attack. The pain can be so severe that in the midst of an attack even brushing a sheet over your toe can cause intense pain.
- Intense pain in the ankle joint and great difficulty in movement.
- Formation of uric acid crystals—Your doctor can remove some fluid from around the joint and check under a microscope for acid crystals to confirm the diagnosis.
Treatment for gout includes the following:
- Just wait it out—A gout attack will usually subside by itself after a day or two.
- Pain and swelling treatment—Pain medication and anti-inflammatories, icing, resting the foot, and elevation of the foot above the heart will help reduce the painful swelling and other symptoms.
- Preventing future outbreaks—Avoid consuming foods and beverages that are high in purines. These include seafood, meats, and most alcoholic beverages. Foods that help reduce uric acid in the blood include blueberries, cherries, bananas, and tomatoes.
The development of gout is often one of the first indications that you need to start paying more attention to your diet. Take the opportunity to reevaluate your diet, exercise, and overall health.
If you are experiencing recurrent gout attacks in your feet and ankles, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist is the best place to start. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our expert podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Arthritis is caused by a variety of conditions that erode the functioning of a joint causing inflammation and pain. While it often strikes the back, neck, hips, knees, and hands, it can also attack the joints in your feet and ankles. Untreated, the debilitating pain of foot and ankle arthritis can prevent you from just walking to the mailbox.
Two of the most common types of arthritis are:
Rheumatoid arthritis or RA—This arthritis is characterized by an irritation of the synovium which is the lining of the joints that insulate your bones from each other. In RA, your immune system incorrectly identifies and attacks this lining resulting in inflammation, degeneration, pain, and stiffness. Early detection is paramount in treating this form of arthritis since it is aggressive and will continue to create problems without treatment. Rest, ice, massages, and relaxing foot soaks are all helpful in relieving many of the symptoms. Custom made orthotic inserts also decrease the pain in the joints of the feet and ankles.
Osteoarthritis—This common type of arthritis results from the abuse your joints take every day as you live your life. As the soft tissue between the joints known as cartilage begins to deteriorate, the bones can come into direct contact with the debilitating swelling, redness, and pain overtaking the joint. Losing weight if you are overweight will help to take the pressure off the joints. Physical therapy exercises that increase strength and flexibility are also essential. Other types of inflammatory joint conditions include gout and psoriatic arthritis.
Whatever type of arthritis you are experiencing, a consultation with a foot care specialist is essential for identifying other causes of foot and ankle pain and in developing a comprehensive treatment plan. If you are concerned about foot and ankle arthritis, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!