Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Early onset gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis, can afflict individuals before the age of 40 typically manifesting as sudden and intense joint pain, commonly in the big toe. This condition arises due to the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, leading to inflammation and debilitating discomfort. Several risk factors contribute to the development of early onset gout, including genetics, a diet rich in purines found in red meat and seafood, alcohol consumption, and certain medical conditions like hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Elevated body mass index, or BMI also exacerbates the risk, as obesity often correlates with higher uric acid levels. If you are under 40 and believe you may be suffering from gout, it is strongly suggested that you include a podiatrist on your care team. This foot specialist can offer a range of interventions to alleviate pain and prevent future gout flare-ups.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Paul Hutchison, DPM from Hutchison Foot Clinic. 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 our office located in Memphis, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Morton's neuroma, a condition often misunderstood, affects the foot's nerves, particularly between the third and fourth toes. This ailment, named after Thomas George Morton, a 19th-century American surgeon, causes discomfort and pain. The pain is often likened to walking on a pebble or having a fold in the sock. The sensation arises due to the thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerves, leading to irritation and inflammation. Although high-heeled shoes and tight footwear worsen symptoms, anyone can develop Morton's Neuroma. Interestingly, it is not a true neuroma, but rather a perineural fibrosis, which is a thickening of nerve tissue. Diagnosis typically involves clinical evaluation and imaging studies, with treatment options ranging from orthotics and shoe modifications to more invasive procedures like injections or surgery in more severe cases. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can diagnose and offer correct treatment solutions for Morton’s neuroma.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Paul Hutchison, DPM of Hutchison Foot Clinic. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Blisters on the feet commonly develop due to friction and pressure. This can occur when wearing new or ill-fitting shoes, or from intense activities like running or hiking. Blisters are small pockets of fluid that form under the skin to cushion and protect deeper tissues from damage. While blisters often heal on their own, improper care can lead to infection and further complications. A podiatrist can help manage blisters on the feet, both by treating existing blisters and helping with prevention techniques. They can safely drain large or painful blisters in a sterile environment, apply appropriate dressings, and prescribe topical treatments to prevent infection. Additionally, podiatrists can provide valuable advice on selecting the right footwear and using special padding or insoles to reduce friction points. Podiatrists may also recommend specific socks or taping techniques to protect sensitive areas of the feet, which can prevent future blisters and ensure healthy foot care practices. If you have painful or recurrent blisters on the feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Paul Hutchison, DPM of Hutchison Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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

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Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

An ankle sprain is caused by damage to the ligaments surrounding the ankle joint, typically resulting from sudden twisting or rolling movements. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect bones and provide stability to joints. When excessive force is applied to the ankle beyond its normal range of motion, the ligaments can stretch or tear, leading to a sprain. This injury often occurs during activities such as running, jumping, or walking on uneven surfaces. Factors contributing to ankle sprains include inadequate warm-up or stretching before physical activity, inappropriate footwear for the activity, and previous ankle injuries that weaken the ligaments. Additionally, individuals with poor balance, weak muscles, or underlying foot or ankle conditions may be more susceptible to sprains. Recognizing the signs of an ankle sprain, such as pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight, is essential for a prompt recovery. If you have endured an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat this injury.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Paul Hutchison, DPM from Hutchison Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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