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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Gout, a form of arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, affects both men and women, though it is more prevalent in men. However, women are increasingly affected, especially after menopause. Before menopause, estrogen helps to lower uric acid levels, providing a protective effect. After menopause, the decline in estrogen levels leads to higher uric acid levels, increasing the risk of gout. Women with gout often experience symptoms in different joints compared to men, with a higher likelihood of affecting the knees and wrists. Additionally, women may face a delayed diagnosis, as gout is traditionally associated with men. Understanding the gender differences in gout can lead to better awareness and treatment options for women, ensuring timely management and improved quality of life. Gout generally affects the joints and the big toe and can produce a significant amount of pain and discomfort. If you have this type of foot pain, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition. 

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Gregory Rorick, DPM from Rorick Podiatry, PC. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Foot ulcers are a serious concern for individuals with diabetes. Ulcers in the lower extremities are caused by many factors, including nerve damage and poor circulation. These are common complications of diabetes. When a wound or sore develops on the foot, decreased feeling caused by neuropathy can make it difficult to notice. This can lead to delays in treatment and allow time for the wound to worsen. On top of that, impaired circulation interferes with the body's ability to heal, causing diabetic foot ulcers to heal more slowly and become more prone to infection. Without proper care, diabetic foot ulcers can become severe, potentially leading to serious problems such as tissue damage and even amputation. Diabetics need to prioritize foot care as part of their management plan. This includes daily foot inspections, appropriate footwear, maintaining blood sugar levels, and seeking immediate medical attention for any foot complications. Podiatrists play an important role in managing diabetic foot ulcers with specialized care and treatment to promote healing and prevent further complications. If you have developed a diabetic foot ulcer, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist immediately for an exam and treatment.

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 Gregory Rorick, DPM from Rorick Podiatry, PC. 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 New York Mills, Utica, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the surrounding skin, leading to pain, swelling, and potential infection. This common condition can arise from improper nail trimming, wearing tight shoes, trauma, or naturally curved nails. While some may attempt self-care remedies, seeking professional assistance from a podiatrist is vital for safe, effective relief and treatment. Podiatrists possess the expertise to accurately diagnose the severity of the ingrown toenail and recommend appropriate interventions. Treatment methods may include gentle nail trimming, lifting the nail edge, or in severe cases, surgical procedures to remove the ingrown portion of the nail. Ignoring an ingrown toenail or attempting amateur treatments can make the problem worse, leading to complications such as infection or chronic pain. It is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for tailored treatment to alleviate discomfort from an ingrown toenail.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Gregory Rorick, DPM of Rorick Podiatry, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

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

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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Sunday, 02 June 2024 00:00

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

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