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December 2019

Monday, 30 December 2019 00:00

How Does Arthritis Affect the Feet?

Patients who have arthritis in the feet are familiar with the pain and discomfort this may cause. The toes are typically affected, and symptoms can include swelling, pain while trying to lift them, and difficulty walking. If the joints on the toes rub together, friction may cause a small bump to develop. In severe cases, the toenails may become separated from the nail bed, and there may be aches and pains in the overall foot. A common form of arthritis in the feet is known as gout, and it may develop from the types of foods that are eaten. The autoimmune disease that is referred to as psoriasis can produce psoriatic arthritis, and many patients who are afflicted with this may notice stiff joints followed by uncomfortable skin conditions. If you have developed arthritis in the feet, please consult with a podiatrist who can help you with proper treatment techniques.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Jed Wells from Foot Specialists of Corpus Christi. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

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

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Sunday, 29 December 2019 00:00

Do your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately?

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Monday, 23 December 2019 00:00

All You Need to Know About Poor Circulation

Common symptoms that are linked to poor circulation can include cold feet, tingling or burning sensations, and swollen feet. There are several reasons why this condition may develop. These can include plaque buildup in the arteries, diabetes, or if there is an existing blood clot. Additionally, patients who smoke, stand for extended periods of time throughout the day, or who are obese may be at risk of developing poor circulation. A diagnosis may consist of testing the blood for elevated glucose levels which may indicate diabetes, as well as performing an ultrasound that can examine your blood vessels. Patients may find moderate relief when compression stockings are worn, which may help to provide a comfortable level of support. If you are suffering from poor circulation, it is advised that you speak to a podiatrist who can offer you proper treatment techniques.

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Jed Wells of Foot Specialists of Corpus Christi. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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

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Monday, 16 December 2019 00:00

What Is Gout?

The arthritic condition that is referred to as gout has been known and treated for more than two thousand years. It mostly affects men and can cause sudden pain in the joints of the big toe. The symptoms many patients experience can include severe pain and discomfort, swelling, and extreme tenderness. It may be difficult to walk, and anything that touches the affected area may cause significant pain. It is caused by excess levels of uric acid in the bloodstream. Crystals can form as a result of this, and lodge to the joints of the body. It can be described as if pins were in between the joints of the big toe, which can cause severe inflammation. The level of uric acid may increase if certain foods are eaten. These can consist of red meat, shellfish, and sugary drinks. If you are prone to having gout attacks, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Jed Wells from Foot Specialists of Corpus Christi. 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 our office located in Corpus Christi, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 09 December 2019 00:00

Who Does Sever’s Disease Affect?

The medical condition that is referred to as Sever’s disease generally targets teenagers. It can occur when the heel bone grows faster than the tendons, ligaments, and muscles in the leg, and this can possibly cause them to stretch beyond their normal range. This condition can affect teens who frequently participate in sporting events that involve running and jumping activities. Patients who experience this type of injury may have symptoms that can consist of swelling in the heel area, pain and discomfort when the foot is touched, and it may be difficult to walk. Treatment options can include elevating the affected the foot which may help to reduce swelling, performing specific stretches that can strengthen the foot, and in severe cases, the child may have a cast. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer proper treatment solutions.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Jed Wells from Foot Specialists of Corpus Christi. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Corpus Christi, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Monday, 02 December 2019 00:00

The Location of the Sesamoid Bones

The bones that are found under the big toe are known as the sesamoid bones. They are located within the tendons of the big toe, and can become inflamed. When this occurs it is called sesamoiditis. This can happen as a result of a stress fracture, or from a medical condition such as osteonecrosis. Additionally, the sesamoid bones can become damaged from overuse if sporting activities are frequently practiced. When a new exercise regime begins, it is beneficial to start slowly, and gradually build intensity. Another effective way of protecting the sesamoid bones is by alternating the type of exercises that are done. If you feel you have developed this ailment, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Jed Wells of Foot Specialists of Corpus Christi. Our doctor will 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 feel free to contact our office located in Corpus Christi, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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