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By Crofton Podiatry
October 13, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Tags: swelling   joint pain   stiffness  

October 12th has been designated as World Arthritis Day. Since this day is for bringing awareness about how arthritis affects our population, we at Crofton Podiatry would like to share how arthritis can affect your feet in particular. While some folks can develop arthritis earlier in their lives (juvenile arthritis), most Americans are affected after the age of 65. In fact, about 50 percent of Americans over 65 years old suffer from arthritis foot pain.                                                        

Arthritis usually presents with pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. Because we are constantly on our feet, it is very likely that arthritis will affect the ankle and big toe joints. After all, each foot has 33 joints that can be affected! Additionally, not only is there pain in the joints, it can also lead to other consequences in the surrounding areas of the feet. Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, and Posttraumatic Arthritis (due to injury) are typical forms of arthritis to affect the feet.

Symptoms of Arthritis in the Feet

  • Early morning stiffness.
  • Limitation in motion of joint.
  • Recurring pain or tenderness in any joint.
  • Redness or heat in a joint.
  • Skin changes, including rashes and growths.
  • Swelling in one or more joints (e.g. toes that swell up to look like sausages)
  • Joint cracking or popping sounds when walking.
  • Toenails that separate due to swollen toes.

If you or a family member is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, as soon as possible. Arthritis in the feet can lead to immobility and severe pain. Early diagnosis and treatment can slow down the affects of the condition.

Relief and Treatment

Dr. Toll may suggest the following means of relief and treatment after meeting with you:

  • Physical Therapy and exercise.

  • NSAIDs and/or steroid injections into the affected area.

  • Orthotics/Supportive shoes.

Our team at the Crofton, MD office is ready to assist you and your family’s needs when caring for your feet and ankles. The best treatment for your specific needs depends on your condition, so make sure you come in to see him today. Call us at (410) 721-4505.

Many of us are still in awe of the performances given by the US Women’s Olympics Team. The Final Five’s Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian gave us an Olympics to remember at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Surely they have inspired your children, and even YOU to possibly pursue learning some gymnastics.

But before you or your children run off to practice your cartwheels, back handsprings, and the “Biles”, keep in mind that these professionals have been practicing and perfecting these moves for many years. They know the proper techniques for warming up, stretching, and strengthening the body to protect them from injury. They practice, practice, practice at gymnastics facilities with safe mats that cushion their falls. Coaches and supportive team members know how to take care of small and large injuries to prevent larger issues down the road. They also know when to go to the podiatrist for foot and ankle issues as their livelihoods (and future Olympics medals) depend on it!

Common Gymnastics Injuries to Feet and Ankles

Muscle and tissue strains, ankle sprains, and fractures can often happen due to the nature of the sport. Watch for some of the most common painful symptoms or injuries such as muscle soreness or tenderness, joint pain, sprained ankles, Achilles Tendonitis, and stress fractures. Accidental injuries can be even more severe, leaving you with a broken bone, as the French gymnast, Samir Ait Said had suffered at the Rio Olympics.

If you or your child experiences acute, severe pain, see a doctor immediately. For mild sprains, use the P.R.I.N.C.E method (Protection of the injury, Rest, Ice, NSAIDs, Compression, Elevation) until you can come in to see us at Crofton Podiatry.

Prevention Tips

Make sure you are physically ready for each training session by maintaining overall health and fitness, warming up, stretching, cooling down, and staying hydrated. Additionally, Gymnasticsrescue.com has much information about gymnastics tips, lifestyle, and injuries. The following are some of their suggestions for injury prevention:

  • Get medically examined by your doctor before starting training.

  • Use proper safety gear for learning.

  • Visit a doctor immediately if you suspect injury.

  • Make sure coaches are aware of any injuries or prior health conditions.

  • Make sure that you (or your child) is supported mentally and physically when learning new techniques.

At Crofton Podiatry, our patients’ foot and ankle needs come first. If you or your young child’s activity-related ambitions depend on healthy feet and ankles, we want to help keep you moving. Especially with gymnastics, pain and injury can slow down progress, and even cause you issues that prevent you from participating further or even your mobility. Dr. Brad Toll, our board-certified podiatrist is committed to assisting you with issues that arise from sports such as gymnastics. Make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office, today!

    Are you familiar with gout? If you aren’t – consider yourself very lucky.  All too often I have patients limp into my office in Crofton, Maryland experiencing a painful gouty flare up. Once considered a disease of the uber wealthy upper class (as best illustrated by King Henry VIII of England, or our founding father Benjamin Franklin), our change in diets and lifestyles has initiated a drastic increase in the amount of people affected by gout in the United States.  In fact, health.com recently issued a top list of celebrities who have suffered from gout attacks.  These successful actors, musicians and professional athletes, much like my patients, will try everything to rid themselves of this excruciating condition. Even rocker/film star Jared Leto had to bow to the overwhelming gout, saying that he ‘couldn’t walk for long distances’, and that he had to use ‘a wheelchair because it was so painful’.

     Gout occurs because purine crystals from our blood deposit themselves into our joints.  When we try to move that joint, our body is accosted by the sharp edges on these crystals. This rubbing can cause significant damage overtime to the affected joint; typically resulting in a very sharp, stabbing pain which can last for days. Getting treatment is essential, as these crystal structures cause physical damage our joints, leaving us with lasting damage beyond each episode of pain. We have a vast array of treatment options at Crofton Podiatry to keep your gout under control and to keep you pain free. From dietary education, to oral prescription or over the counter medications, we want to work with you to keep your feet healthy.

    If you’re feeling like you may be experiencing a gouty flare-up, below are my favorite tips to keep the pain at bay:

  • Take any medications your doctor has prescribed as directed, making sure to inform them of all medicines and vitamins you are taking at each visit.
  • Check your feet regularly and report any new coloration, swellings, or pain.
  • Maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Avoid foods that are high in purines, being sure to drink water regularly.
  • Exercise daily and maintain a healthy body weight. Seek additional counseling if you feel like you cannot maintain this regimen.

For more information about gout and ways to keep your feet gout free follow this link for the most up-to-date information.

By Brad Toll.




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