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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 30, 2017
Category: toe pain
Tags: gout  

Gout is a form of arthritis that can cause severe pain in the foot over time. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can help to diagnose this condition and determine the extent to which it has developed in your feet, at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Call our offices at (860) 632-5499 and take the time to review our Patient Education library to discover more about what you can do to keep your feet in top shape and prevent other complications from occurring.  

Gout can cause severe pain, inflammation and rigidity, generally in the joint of the big toe. This condition slowly causes damage to tissues in the area of swelling. As noted above, this condition is a form of arthritis, and it’s caused by a surplus of uric acid present in the blood.

Usually uric acid dissolves in the blood and is thereafter removed via urine. When too much uric acid is produced, it can pool and form crystals, which causes swelling and pain in the joints because the body views them as foreign cells. The pain caused by this condition is therefore the result of the creation of uric acid crystals in the joints. Generally, the pain happens in the middle of the night, occurs suddenly and can be very painful. When this condition is not treated timely, it can result in kidney stones (the crystals build up in the urinary tract).

Treatment for this condition involves the use of medications to prevent reoccurrence of the pain and to decrease the risk of complications like kidney stones. Medications are in the form of anti-inflammatories or corticosteroids to reduce swelling and discomfort in the areas affected by gout. They can also be used to reduce the creation of uric acid or to help with the kidney's capability to eliminate uric acid from the body.

Due to the extreme pain that this condition can cause over time, it is imperative that you  contact us as soon as possible to help get your gout under control with the correct medications for your particular condition.

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
May 26, 2017
Category: toe pain
Tags: turf toe   big toe injury  

Turf toe happens when an outside force is brought onto the big toe causing a sprain in the ligaments around the big toe joint. We understand team sports and realize that sports play hard on your body and cause a variety of injuries to your feet. While the outcome of the game may show a win, injuries like turf toe, set you back in the game by several points and could take you out for the season.

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain and tenderness in the ball of the foot and the big toe area.
  • Limited big toe joint movement.
  • Unable to “push off” using your big toe.
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the ball of the injured foot.
  • Swelling in the big toe and ball of the foot.

What are the causes?

  • Pushing off from your big toe and having your weight shift suddenly to the other foot like many football moves would require.
  • Sudden injury to the big toe mostly seen in soccer and football where the playing field is artificial and is harder than grass.
  • Wearing shoes that do not support the big toe for the specific sport – if the foot bends too far you are at more risk.

What are the treatments?

  • Stay off your feet as much as you can and it just may help it heal on its own.
  • Wrap a compression bandage around the big toe to help with swelling.
  • Use a cold pack with a border from a towel or washcloth and apply to the area several times a day for about 20 minutes each time.
  • Seek professional care.

Turf toe is a simple injury but can become complicated when it comes to the condition of the tendons, ligaments, joint surfaces, nerves and bones in the affected are around the big toe. Although flexible shoes and synthetic surfaces are a big risk for this injury, there are some easy solutions to prevent turf toe from happening.

Big toe injuries can put a damper on your sports season and if you continue to play before your injury is healed it will only cause more delay in getting back to the game. Contact Adam Mucinskas, DPM at Feet First Foot Care, LLC in Cromwell Connecticut for an appointment by calling us at 860-632-5499 today.



 








 

 

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