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By gary@hurtheel.com
March 05, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

Jacques ChiracJacques Chirac, previous president of France, is currently in the hospital because of gout in his leg. Chirac was experiencing pain intense enough to require professional attention, but a source close to his family says there is little cause for concern. “It’s not serious at all,” the source said. “His leg has been hurting for two days, which is apparently related to an episode of gout that has caused him a lot of pain.”

His gout and other health concerns, such as the kidney operation he had in December, have caused the 81-year-old Chirac to retreat from the public attention. The retired president is being examined at the American Hospital in Neuilly.

Gout typically occurs in older individuals who eat too many foods that contain uric acid. It’s a painful and uncomfortable disease that often requires professional medical treatment. If you’re looking for this kind of treatment, consult with podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will help you identify the habits that caused you to get this disease and suggest adequate care options.

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever. 

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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Obesity and your feetDanish researchers with the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine have found evidence that supports that the frequency of injuries in runners is affected by factors like weight and age.

In a study of 930 new runners conducted six months ago, the scientists found that 254 of the subjects sustained soft-tissue or bone injuries. They found that older runners were the first who were most likely to get hurt, followed by those who were heavy-set. They also determined that having a more docile personality was a common trait in those who managed to go without injury.

Obesity can have a big influence on your running habits. If you’re overweight and want to start running, consider contacting a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can assess your fitness level and ease you into a new exercise routine.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight– Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes– People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot.  The pain and stiffness involved with this condition can be so debilitating that the act of walking becomes an issue.

Solutions 

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in Paramus, NJ and Paterson, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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flip flops pinkMany pregnant women across the world are suffering from swollen ankles, and foot pain. However, little do they know that this pain may be caused by a very common condition known as plantar fasciitis. The condition affects about 10 percent of women, including those who are expecting. Planter fasciitis causes pain in the heel of the foot usually making it extremely painful to walk.

When a pregnant woman gains weight in their first trimester, it usually puts more strain on the plantar fascia causing it to become inflamed. “The result is a sharp pain in the heel, especially after you’ve been sitting for a while or when you wake up in the morning” said Dr. Alan Berman, a podiatrist at Somers Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Group. The best thing that one can do to relieve this pain is to ice the feet or keep them elevated when sitting down.

It is important that pregnant women care for their feet. If you believe you suffer from foot problems as a result of swollen feet from pregnancy, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of New Jersey. Dr. Slomowitz will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet. 

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

• Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
• Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
• Wear shoes with good arch support
• Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
• Elevate feet if you experience swelling
• Massage your feet
• Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Paterson and Paramus, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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