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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a chronic autoimmune condition that can affect various joints throughout the body, including those in the feet and ankles. In RA, the joints become inflamed, leading to pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function. Several foot and ankle joints commonly affected by RA include the metatarsophalangeal, or MTP joints, which connect the toes to the foot bones, as well as the subtalar and ankle joints. Inflammation in these joints can cause deformities, such as bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet, that make walking and standing difficult. Additionally, RA can lead to the formation of rheumatoid nodules, which are firm lumps that develop under the skin, often surrounding the Achilles tendon or on the toes. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential for managing RA symptoms and preventing joint damage. If you are experiencing stiffness in your feet or ankles, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can suggest treatment options.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Ankle & Foot Surgeons. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Gout, a form of arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, is often noticed in the big toe. The pain can be debilitating, making it difficult to complete daily activities. This painful foot condition can happen for a variety of reasons, including certain dietary choices. High-purine foods are notorious triggers for gout attacks, as purines break down into uric acid in the body. Foods rich in purines include red meat, organ meats like liver and kidney, shellfish, and certain types of fish such as anchovies and sardines. Additionally, excessive consumption of alcohol, especially beer and spirits, can raise uric acid levels and increase the risk of gout flare-ups. Sugary beverages and foods high in fructose can also contribute to gout by promoting uric acid production. Furthermore, processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and saturated fats may increase inflammation and worsen gout symptoms. It is beneficial for individuals prone to gout to limit their intake of these triggering foods and opt for a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins to help manage their condition effectively. If you have had one or several gout attacks, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this painful condition.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Ankle & Foot Surgeons. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Lisfranc fractures or injuries, although rare, can be incredibly painful and often require prompt diagnosis and treatment. These injuries affect the joints in the middle of the foot, and while Lisfranc fractures can sometimes be mistaken for a sprain, they necessitate specialized care from a podiatrist. Causes include sports-related trauma, and everyday accidents like falling down stairs or having an object land on the foot. Among the symptoms are tenderness, swelling, bruising, and severe pain while standing or walking. Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination and X-rays, with further imaging like CT scans or MRIs sometimes necessary for surgical planning. In some cases, conservative treatment methods like immobilization with a cast or boot may suffice. In more severe cases, surgery may be prescribed, particularly if there are fractures, dislocations, or extensive soft tissue damage. If you are experiencing symptoms of a Lisfranc injury or have recently sustained an injury to your foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Ankle & Foot Surgeons. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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Friday, 03 May 2024 00:00

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