Posts for: June, 2014

32 year old Mary Kaufman, has been contending with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) since the age of 12. Although Kaufman can and does suffer from painful symptoms, it does not stop her from entertaining an active lifestyle, including participation in 5K marathons.

Unfortunately, running is challenging for the Freeport, Illinois resident. Kaufman’s RA makes her especially prone to incurring stress fractures. However, thanks to a considerable amount of training and medication, Kaufman has strengthened her lower extremities. Kaufman has competed in two races in 2013 and hopes to double the amount this year, wishing to be an inspiration for others with the same condition.


Rheumatoid arthritis can be a debilitating condition. If you suffer from arthritis, see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco can treat your foot and ankle related needs.

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 occurs, 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. Pain often initially presents in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if you have a family history of RA, you may be predisposed to suffer from it as well.

Symptoms

- Swelling & 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.

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The College of Podiatry in the UK claims that human foot size has increased by at least two shoe sizes over the last forty years. In the 1960s, the average size for a foot was a 6 or 7, with the average woman’s foot size being 6.5.  In modern times, women’s foot sizes are at least 8.5 to 9 while men’s sizes have increased drastically, ranging from 10 to 12.  

The increase in shoe size largely has to do with the improved diet that people currently have. As the years go by, the health trends have been going upward, leading to a larger size in general. Unfortunately, the size increase also adds the risk of adverse foot conditions, especially if someone is not wearing the right shoe size.

All people should worry about finding shoes that are the right size any easier. For more information, see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Getting the Right Shoe Size: How To Keep Your Feet Happy

Are your shoes the right size? Many people are walking around with ill-fitting shoes. Picking the right shoe size is not rocket science, but there are a few things to remember when selecting your next pair.

  • Make sure your toes are not cramped
  • Be able to wiggle your toes
  • There should be one inch between your toes and the shoe’s tip

Most shoe stores and department stores have rulers for measuring your feet, and these can give you an exact size. Be sure to measure with your shoe on. Measuring your foot will give you a different size than your shoe. If you do measure your foot size, you will need to add 1-2 inches to get the proper sizing.

If your shoes are not properly sized, you can experience:

-foot pain
-knee pain
-blisters
-swelling

Don’t assume that you will always wear the same size in a shoe. Often manufacturers size shoes differently.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Los Angeles Dodgers player A.J. Ellis had all the reason to smile. When his team won, Ellis went to congratulate fellow teammates Josh Beckett. Unfortunately, Ellis slipped on a teammate’s facemask and wound up rolling on his ankle as he ran towards Beckett. Ellis was diagnosed with an ankle sprain and is currently DL.

"I wanted to be a part of it. It's a great day, a great experience to be a part of. I quickly lost my thrill for what happened," Ellis said. "Rolled it pretty good. I'm beyond frustrated, still kind of shocked." A Dodgers catcher will be taking Ellis’ place until he recovers.

Ankle sprains can strike an athlete out of the game. If your foot or ankle is sprained, call podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care.Dr. Tedesco can treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?

This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.

What are the Symptoms?

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

 

Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful.

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.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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A new study that was publishedin the Journal of the American Heart Association suggested that people who suffer from clogged arteries enjoy greater benefits from a home-exercise program. "The problem with supervised exercise is that it takes many visits to a cardiac rehabilitation center or other exercise facility, and it is not covered by Medicare," Mary McGrae McDermott, M.D said. The study further showed that home-exercise programs actually continued to provide relief for those with lower extremity leg complications. This was even twelve months after the participants started on the program.

 Having poor circulation in the feet is never a good thing. If you  have poor circulation of the feet, see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

 Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain  
-numbness in legs
-cramps           
-skin discoloration
-weakness       
-slower nail & hair growth
-stiffness        
-erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication which will help for PAD.  

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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