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Gout, often associated with men, can also affect women, although less frequently. Characterized by sudden and intense joint pain, particularly in the big toe, gout occurs due to uric acid buildup in the bloodstream, leading to crystal formation in the joints. While men tend to develop gout at an earlier age, women become more susceptible after menopause due to hormonal changes. Managing gout in women involves lifestyle modifications such as maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding purine-rich foods like red meat and alcohol, and staying hydrated. Medications like colchicine and urate-lowering therapies may help to alleviate symptoms and prevent future attacks. Additionally, women with gout should prioritize regular exercise and follow-up appointments with their podiatrist to monitor uric acid levels and adjust treatment as needed. If gout has affected your life, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this painful condition.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Jordan S. Steinberg, DPM from Florham Park Podiatry . 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 Florham Park, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Diabetic foot ulcers, a serious complication of diabetes, come in various classifications, each indicating the severity and depth of tissue involvement. Neuropathic ulcers, the most common type, result from nerve damage, leading to decreased sensation and increased susceptibility to injuries, often located at pressure points like the ball of the foot or heel. Ischemic ulcers occur due to reduced blood flow to the feet, typically affecting the toes or heels and manifesting as painful, slow-healing wounds. Neuroischemic ulcers, a combination of neuropathic and ischemic factors, pose significant challenges for treatment and healing. Identifying the classification of diabetic foot ulcers is essential for determining appropriate management strategies. Prompt medical attention, regular foot inspections, and meticulous wound care are vital for preventing complications and promoting healing. Additionally, optimizing diabetes management, including blood sugar control and lifestyle modifications, plays a pivotal role in reducing the risk of developing diabetic foot ulcers. If you have diabetes and have developed a foot ulcer, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly treat and manage this condition.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Jordan S. Steinberg, DPM from Florham Park Podiatry . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

When faced with the discomfort and pain of ingrown toenails, seeking relief becomes a priority. For many individuals, surgical intervention offers a lasting solution. The procedure begins with a thorough examination by a trained podiatrist. After assessing the severity of the condition, the patient is prepared for surgery, typically under local anesthesia. With precision and care, the podiatrist removes the ingrown portion of the nail to prevent future regrowth. The process may involve removing the entire nail or just a portion, depending on the extent of the ingrowth. Once the part of the toenail is removed, the podiatrist may apply a chemical solution or perform a matrixectomy to prevent regrowth. Following the procedure, patients are advised on proper post-operative care, which may include keeping the area clean, applying antibiotic ointment, and wearing appropriate footwear. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can discuss whether surgery options are right for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Jordan S. Steinberg, DPM of Florham Park Podiatry . Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, a condition affecting the feet and ankles, arises from compression of the tibial nerve as it passes through the tarsal tunnel, which is a narrow space on the inside of the ankle. Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist, this ailment can lead to pain, tingling, and numbness in the affected area. The tibial nerve, responsible for sensory and motor functions of the foot and ankle, becomes compressed due to various factors such as injury, inflammation, or underlying medical conditions like arthritis or diabetes. Individuals with flat feet or those engaging in repetitive activities that stress the foot may also be at higher risk. Symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome include burning sensations, electric shock-like pain, and weakness in the foot. Prompt diagnosis and treatment, which often involves rest, can help alleviate symptoms and prevent further complications. If you have pain on the inside of your ankle, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Jordan S. Steinberg, DPM of Florham Park Podiatry . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

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

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