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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis, can wreak havoc on foot health, causing intense pain, swelling, and stiffness. It often impacts the big toe first. It occurs when uric acid levels in the blood rise, leading to the formation of sharp urate crystals in the joints, often targeting the big toe joint. These crystals trigger sudden and severe bouts of pain, known as gout attacks, which can make walking and even wearing shoes unbearable. Managing gout involves dietary changes to help control uric acid levels. Foods rich in purines, such as red meat, organ meats, and shellfish, should be limited, as they can exacerbate gout symptoms. Conversely, incorporating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products into the diet can help lower uric acid levels and reduce the frequency and severity of gout attacks. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water is also vital for flushing out uric acid from the body. If you have pain in your big toe and surrounding areas, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can diagnose, treat, and offer additional nutritional tips to manage gout.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Richard DiBacco, DPM from Podiatry Associates of Erie, Inc.. Our doctor will treat 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 feel free to contact one of our offices located in Erie and Meadville, PA, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 06 June 2024 00:00

Neuropathy is a condition that can lead to numbness or loss of sensation in the feet, but it can also cause pain. This condition is more likely to develop for those who are diabetic, obese, or with high blood pressure.

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Ankle sprains and strains are injuries that can significantly impact your mobility and daily activities. A sprain occurs when the ligaments, which are the tough bands of tissue connecting bones at the ankle joint, are abnormally stretched or torn. Conversely, a strain involves similar damage but affects muscles or tendons, which are the tissues that connect muscles to ankle bones. These injuries can result from repetitive motions or a sudden incident, like a twist or fall. Diagnosis by a podiatrist typically involves a medical history review and physical examination, and may include imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. While most sprains and strains heal over time with rest, bracing, and anti-inflammatory medications, more severe cases may require surgery for a full recovery. It is important to manage these injuries properly to prevent chronic pain or instability. If you experience an ankle sprain or strain, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide an accurate diagnosis, tailored treatment plan, and guidance on rehabilitation exercises. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Richard DiBacco, DPM from Podiatry Associates of Erie, Inc.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Erie and Meadville, PA, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Podiatrists are medical professionals specializing in diagnosing, treating, and preventing foot and ankle disorders. Their expertise covers a wide range of conditions, including bunions, heel pain, ingrown toenails, sports injuries, and diabetic foot care. Podiatrists play an important role in maintaining mobility and overall health, particularly for individuals with chronic illnesses or those engaged in physical activities. To become a podiatrist, one must complete a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM, degree, which involves four years of specialized medical education following a bachelor's degree. This training includes courses in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology, as well as clinical rotations. After obtaining their degree, podiatrists must complete a residency program, usually lasting three years, to gain hands-on experience in various settings. Podiatrists can help people by providing tailored treatments, such as orthotics, medications, and surgical interventions, to alleviate pain and improve function. Regular visits to a podiatrist can prevent minor issues from becoming major problems. If you are in need of foot or ankle care, it is suggested that you seek guidance and treatment from this type of doctor.

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact Richard DiBacco, DPM from Podiatry Associates of Erie, Inc.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Erie and Meadville, PA, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

 

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