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Gregory Loo, DPM Board Certified Podiatrist and Surgeon
Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis, can wreak havoc on foot health, causing intense pain, swelling, and stiffness. It often impacts the big toe first. It occurs when uric acid levels in the blood rise, leading to the formation of sharp urate crystals in the joints, often targeting the big toe joint. These crystals trigger sudden and severe bouts of pain, known as gout attacks, which can make walking and even wearing shoes unbearable. Managing gout involves dietary changes to help control uric acid levels. Foods rich in purines, such as red meat, organ meats, and shellfish, should be limited, as they can exacerbate gout symptoms. Conversely, incorporating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products into the diet can help lower uric acid levels and reduce the frequency and severity of gout attacks. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water is also vital for flushing out uric acid from the body. If you have pain in your big toe and surrounding areas, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can diagnose, treat, and offer additional nutritional tips to manage gout.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Gregory T. Loo, DPM from Elite Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in Ahwatukee, and Phoenix, AZ . 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

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease caused when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones wears down over time. Osteoarthritis often impacts the feet and may target any of their 30 joints. However, it most commonly impacts the big toe, midfoot, and ankle. Symptoms of osteoarthritis in the foot include persistent pain during or after movement, stiffness after periods of inactivity, and swelling in one or more joints. As the condition progresses, the range of motion in the foot may decrease, making it difficult to perform activities like walking or climbing stairs. The pain might also become more constant, even occurring while at rest. Managing these symptoms involves a variety of treatments, for which podiatrists, or foot doctors, are specially trained. Suggested professional treatment may include supportive footwear, low-impact exercises to maintain joint function and mobility, and orthotic devices to relieve pressure on the affected joints. In more severe cases, medication or surgery may be necessary to relieve pain and improve joint function. If you have symptoms of osteoarthritis in the feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for proper and complete care. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Gregory T. Loo, DPM from Elite Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to 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 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 feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahwatukee, and Phoenix, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat 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.

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

When it comes to walking versus running, the distinction goes beyond just pace and intensity. As experts note, the mechanics of each activity necessitate specific footwear for walking and running. For walkers, shoes with soft, flexible soles are recommended to absorb the impact of each step and facilitate the rolling motion from heel to toe. Runners require thicker-soled shoes for ample shock absorption, given the varied striking points on the foot during a run. It is important to remember that while running shoes can serve for walking, the reverse is not recommended by experts. Footwear plays a critical role in preventing foot injuries like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, but shoes alone cannot resolve existing issues. Seeking guidance from a podiatrist is essential if foot discomfort persists. To ensure the right shoe fit, have your arch and gait evaluated. For advice with foot pain related to either walking or running, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a full exam and diagnosis. The appropriate treatment options will follow, including suggestions on the right type footwear for the activity. 

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Gregory T. Loo, DPM from Elite Podiatry. Our doctor can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahwatukee, and Phoenix, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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