Posts for: September, 2014

Since 2008, wages have been consistently below the rate of inflation in Britain and since the global financial crisis occurred, Britain’s poverty level has been a discussion of great debate. According to the Faculty of Public Health (FPH), there is a relationship between the poverty in Britain and the return of gout. There has been poor wage growth and increased food prices, citizens just cannot afford the food they need. “It is a condition we believed should have died out,” said John Middleton of the FPH. “It’s getting worse because people can’t afford good quality food.” Goutcan be characterized as a type of arthritis that can be caused by obesity and a diet rich in chemical compounds called purines found in foods such as sardines and liver.

Gout can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices and careful eating habits. If you are suffering from the effects of gout, see one of our podiatrists of New England Foot and Ankle.Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

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. Foods rich in purines like turkey, red meats, and liver can affect the body’s ability to excrete uric acid, which in turn leads to hyperuricema, the blood condition that causes gout to develop. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have as much as a one in five 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 one of our offices located in Massachusetts. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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The Running Doc of the Daily News has listed several methods available to treat and prevent bunions. He characterizes bunions as a large bump that forms along the inner portion of the great toe’s first joint. The bone bumps begin to push against the other toes in a deformed way. Redness and soreness of the bump may occur as well as the thickening of skin near the base of the toe.

It is possible to slow the progression of the bunion by wearing shoes with a lot of toe room, using orthotics while running, and avoiding high heels on a regular basis. Silicone or foam toe separators can help keep the toes in their normal position as well as anti-inflammatories or corrective devices. If all other methods do not work, bunion surgery may be considered as a last resort.

Bunions can cause a lot of trouble and tons of pain if they become too severe. For medical assistance, see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of New England Foot & Ankle Specialists. Dr. Tedesco will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, this usually indicates a bunion.

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

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According to the scientific articles Nurses’ Health Study and the Nurses’ Health Study II, the chances of an individual contracting rheumatoid arthritis (RA) could increase based on dietary habits. The study found a 63% increase if the patient drinks soda on a regular basis. If the patient is over the age of 55, the risk can rise up to 164%.

The NHS studies involved 79,000 and 107,330 U.S. women, respectively. Every four years the participants were interviewed with approved questions on how often they drank soda. The data did not show any evident correlation between drinking diet soda and contracting RA.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a very painful disease. For foot and ankle care, visit podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of New England Foot & Anke Specialists. Dr. Tedesco can treat your podiatric 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

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.

For more information about Rheumatoid Arthritis, follow the link below.

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

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Parents ought to be aware of the fact their kids can be at risk of developing ingrown toenails in their feet. These ingrown toenails can happen for a variety of reasons, including cutting the nails too short. Children should have their nails to be cut evenly. Ingrown nails can also occur if a child wears socks and shoes that aren’t big enough for his or her feet.

Another cause of ingrown toenails in kids may just be a genetic predisposition to having curved nails. No matter what the cause, never attempt to treat this condition at home. Removing a young one’s ingrown nail with a “bathroom surgery” can lead to a bacterial infection.

Ingrown toenails are terribly uncomfortable, and in the worst cases surgery might be required to get rid of them. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, consult podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco will confirm your diagnosis and do everything she can to treat your problem.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out

-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts

-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed

-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.

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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Josh Zeid will miss the rest of the season after his foot surgeries in the upcoming weeks. ( Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle )Houston Astros player Josh Zeid will miss the rest of the season to get surgery to attend to his sesamoiditis, which he has in both of his feet. The relief pitcher will require a separate operation for each foot, broken up by a healing period of six periods.

If Zeid is able recover from his injury without any mishaps then he should be back on the pitcher’s mound by next February. This season he played in 23 games with the Astros and had an ERA of 6.97. “You feel for him,” the Astros’ manager, Bo Porter, said. “Josh Zeid is a competitor. He’s a guy who took the ball any time the phone would ring.”

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, see podiatrist like Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco will perform a diagnostic exam and treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

·         Sudden increase in activity

·         Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up

·         Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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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