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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
January 25, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Diabetes   Gout   Ulcers   arch   purine   conditions  

Our feet are amazing, not only because they get us from place to place, but also because they can alert us to underlying health conditions we may never knew we had. Some of the simplest signs can lead to a much more involved diagnosis. Read more to see what your feet are trying to tell you.

Dry Flaky Feet

Dry flaky feet can be a sign of a thyroid problem, especially if moisturizer doesn’t help. When the thyroid gland stops working properly, it doesn’t produce the right amount of thyroid hormones. This means that metabolic rate, blood pressure, tissue growth, and skeletal and nervous system development can all get out of whack.

Bald toes

Bald toes can be a sign of arterial disease. If the fuzz on your toes suddenly disappears, it could signal poor blood circulation caused by peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Ulcers that don’t heal

Ulcers on the feet that don’t heal are a sign of diabetes. Uncontrolled sugar levels can damage nerves and cause poor circulation which is a recipe for foot ulcers.

Enlarged, painful big toe

Swollen and painful big toes can be a sign of gout. Think back to what you have eaten recently. Foods high in uric acids such as alcohol and steak can lead to gout if too much is consumed. Gout is a type of arthritis that usually affects the joint of the big toe. Foods high in purine, a chemical compound found in red meats, fish, and certain alcohol, can trigger an attack by raising levels of uric acid in the body. Uric acid is normally excreted in urine but is either overproduced or under-excreted in some people.

A suddenly high arch

Is your arch very high all of a sudden? It could be a sign of nerve damage. Most high-arched feet are associated with some form of underlying neuromuscular condition.

If you have any symptom listed above on your feet, it is important to see a podiatrist right away. Many of these underlying conditions can be severe if not treated properly. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. The health of your feet can tell you about the health of your body overall.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
August 08, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Arthritis   Gout  

The day starts off like any other day. You go to work, kick butt, come home and then relax. Things are wonderful as you sit down to your big dinner of baked fish and a nice glass of alcohol. You are relaxed, full, and relatively happy. This is your usual routine. That is until you notice something off with your foot. Its burning, swelling, and stiff. The pain is unimaginable. What happened? Well at the office of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center we know that it could be gout.

Gout is a type of arthritis that attacks the feet. It can occur over and over and at different intervals unless it is properly treated. Over time the exposure to gout can permanently damage the tissue and tendons of the foot.

Symptoms

  • Burning
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Sharp Pain
  • Redness

All of these symptoms are typically centralized in the toes and typically occurs at night. The ankle, foot, and knees can also get gout but less cases are seen of these instances. These flare ups can last for days or for weeks.

Causes

Gout is caused due to too much uric acid in the blood. It can cause hard crystals to form in the joint of the toes. If you drink too much alcohol, eat too much meat and fish that are high in protein or are overweight you are more likely to get gout. Alcohol, certain types of meat, and being overweight all cause uric acid levels to remain higher in the body. Diuretics, like caffeine, can also lead to gout.

How is it Diagnosed?

If you suspect that you have gout you should see a podiatrist right away. An examination will occur. Sometimes a podiatrist such as Dr. Andrew H. Cohen will remove some fluid from the joint and have it tested to see if there are any uric acid crystals in it. Blood tests can also occur to help diagnose gout.

Treatment

There are many different treatment options for those with gout. The first thing to remember is DO NOT use aspirin to take away gout pain. It will only worsen the condition. Other acceptable forms of treatment are a cortisone shot, resting the joint and over the counter anti-inflammatory medicine.

If you suspect you have gout and your toes and feet are killing you, call 989-790-8009 and make an appointment or sign up for one online. Our offices ae conveniently located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan to better serve you. Do not wait, get your gait and foot health in line today!

By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
November 21, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Gout   Uric Acid   Proper Hydration  

For those who suffer from gout, maintaining proper hydration is vital to ensuring that our body processes essential nutrients, which can help dilute the uric acid in the foods we consume. Staying hydrated also helps our kidneys expel toxins, thus decreasing uric acid levels. Other foods that can help keep uric acids levels low include vitamin C-rich lemons, buttermilk, antioxidant-rich tomatoes, low-fat milk and green tea which is good for helping treat inflammation and swelling. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, contact Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen 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 contact one of our offices located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
November 14, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Gout   Uric Acid   Proper Hydration  

Arthritis occurs as swelling and inflammation of the body’s joints, leading to symptoms such as rashes, itchiness, fever, weight loss, and trouble breathing, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease. Arthritis results when the body’s immune system begins mistakenly attacking healthy cells, particularly in the joints. The different forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia and gout.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about arthritic foot care.

By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
July 27, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions

 New research shows that older adults with gout are more likely to have lower extremity dysfunction when compared to those without gout. The study, published in Arthritis Care & Research, showed that adults aged 45 to 64 years old with gout were more likely to have poor walking speed. The results suggest that older patients with gout may be targeted for interventions to help improve the function of the lower extremities.  

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will assist you with all of 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 feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

Read more about Gout