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August 2022

Tuesday, 30 August 2022 00:00

The Relationship Between Gout and Alcohol

Gout is one of the many conditions that impacts the joints of the body. Specifically, when there is an excess of uric acid in the body, gout occurs commonly in the joint of the big toe. If an individual has gout, they may feel intense pain in the joints during what is known as “gout attacks.” Swelling and sensations of warmness may occur. Gout has an interesting relationship with alcohol that anyone who is serious about maintaining the health of their feet ought to be aware of. Consuming large quantities of alcohol can increase the risk of developing or aggravating gout in some individuals. This is because alcohol is a substance that contains many purines, and when the human body processes purines, uric acid is ultimately released. Uric acid, of course, causes gout. It is important to note that consuming beer, as opposed to hard liquor, makes one more susceptible to increasing the risk of developing gout. Additionally, men can be even more prone to developing gout from alcohol than women. If you are drinking more than twelve drinks of alcohol in any given week, then you may be putting yourself at risk of a gout attack in your feet. You might want to contact a podiatrist who will be able to help you treat or mitigate any problems related to gout. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. 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 Weatherford, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2022 00:00

Lumps on the Side of the Foot

Finding a lump on the side of your foot can be disturbing. Common causes of lumps include injuries, ganglion cysts, bursitis, and plantar fibromas. An injury to the foot may result in the formation of a lump, along with swelling and bruising. These symptoms will normally subside once the injury heals. Ganglion cysts are benign growths with a jelly-like consistency. They normally do not cause pain unless they rub against a shoe or hit a nerve. They can be drained by a podiatrist. Bursitis is the inflammation of a fluid sac, called a bursa. It may be the result of overuse or repetitive stress. Bursitis can be quite painful. Plantar fibromas usually form on the arch of the foot, but sometimes are found on the side. Also benign, these growths have a more solid texture than ganglion cysts. The cause is not known, but they can be removed. While any of these lumps are generally non threatening, it is suggested that any growth that develops on the side of the foot be checked out by a podiatrist who can examine it and offer treatment options.


 

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Tuesday, 16 August 2022 00:00

Falling Can Lead to an Ankle Sprain

A common injury many people incur is called an ankle sprain. It is defined as a musculoskeletal injury that partially or fully tears the ligaments as a result of a sudden mishap. The ankle can severely twist by unexpectedly stepping off a curb or walking on an uneven surface. There may be a popping noise that happens at the time of the sprain and prompt medical attention is often needed. Additional symptoms can include swelling or bruising to the affected area, and it may be difficult to walk. Treatment often begins with elevating the sprained ankle as this can help to reduce swelling. The ankle may also feel better when it is wrapped with a compression bandage and crutches may be recommended that can help with completing daily activities. As the foot heals, there are specific stretches that can be practiced that can strengthen the ankle. If you have twisted your ankle or suspect it might be sprained, please confer with a podiatrist who can help you with effective treatment options.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. 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 take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

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

Preventing a Sprain

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

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. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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Monday, 15 August 2022 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

Complications of Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a potentially uncomfortable and painful condition that primarily affects the nerves in one’s feet. This condition occurs when the nerve between the third and fourth toe becomes damaged. Although it is significantly less common, Morton’s neuroma can also affect the nerve between the second and third toe. The precise cause of Morton’s neuroma is still not fully known. However, footwear that is too tight and forces your toes into abnormal positions is generally thought to increase your risk of developing Morton’s neuroma. If you have Morton’s neuroma, you might find it more difficult to walk. Additionally, activities that require putting pressure on the feet can cause sharp or shooting pains. For example, someone with Morton’s neuroma may find it especially difficult to use the affected foot to press down the gas pedal when driving. Lastly, wearing high heels might prove to be especially uncomfortable or painful for someone with Morton’s neuroma. If you believe that you have this condition, please contact a podiatrist to treat the problem.


 

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis of Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

All About Diabetic Foot Ulcers

A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that affects about 15 percent of people with diabetes. There are two main types of foot ulcers, neuropathic and vascular. High blood sugar levels are thought to be the cause of both types. Being overweight, smoking, and frequently drinking alcohol are other contributing factors. People who have diabetes for years often develop neuropathy, a reduced or limited ability to feel pain in the feet. As a result, sores and cuts, especially on the bottom of the feet, may be overlooked. Vascular inefficiency, a slowed blood flow to the extremities, can reduce the ability of foot ulcers to heal properly, which increases the likelihood of infection. Tissue around a skin ulcer can become blackened, and gangrene may develop. Of those who develop a foot ulcer, up to one-fourth will be at risk of amputation. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent the formation of foot ulcers through a rigorous daily foot care regime. If an ulcer has formed, however, debridement (cutting away of dead tissue), certain medication, sterile dressings, and managing glucose are suggested. For more information on prevention and treatment of foot ulcers, please consult a podiatrist.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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