Posts for category: Foot Tips
Do you get a gout flare when the weather changes?
The climate plays a big role for us gout sufferers especially when it’s hot and humid which can lead to dehydration and triggering a gout attack. When your body is depleted of fluids through perspiration, you can suffer recurrent gout attacks so it is imperative that you drink a lot of water when the humidity index is high. There are also many gout sufferers who have reported that they get gout attacks in the fall and when seasons change. After an extended period of time where the temperature is stable at a certain range of degrees, our bodies then become accustomed to this consistency. Then if the temperature drops dramatically overnight, bringing about unusually cold mornings as in the fall season, it is very reasonable to believe that your excess uric acid will crystallize in the joints triggering a gout attack.Remember that gout is a form of arthritis and that people who suffer from arthritis are also sensitive to weather changes. As your body adapts to the new season and new range of temperatures, your uric acid levels also adjust accordingly until the next change in weather or season. To avoid a gout attack it is important to maintain a regular temperature in your body despite the changes of temperature and pressure of the environment.
So what is a gout sufferer to do?
Maintaining a regular temperature in your body although the weather is changing drastically is the key to avoiding a gout attack. It is important when the weather changes towards heat and humidity to keep hydrated since you lose more water when it’s hot, drink frequently because water will help your body maintain a constant temperature. Try and have air conditioning in your house and car if possible, this will help you a lot.
When the weather changes to cold you definitely need to warm yourself up, if it’s possible for you to move to a warm area in the wintertime, then good for you. If not make sure to bundle up when going out, so wear an extra layer of socks to keep your feet warm and dress in layers. Drinking warm beverages like coffee or your favorite tea will warm up your body and raise your body temperature. Try and keep moving in cold weather, this will produce body heat and since you are more active this will improve your blood circulation. At home make sure to have heating or at least electronic blankets to keep your body warm at night when it’s coldest.Regardless of hot or cold weather, take the necessary precautions and avoid that painful gout attack.
The PGA tour is in town! The PGA Championship is being played at Bethpage’s beautiful black course.
The black is long and Full of steep hills and rough terrain. On a recent visit there myself, I was shocked at how much of a beating my feet took walking the course. These simple tips can help keep you up and going.
Wear supportive comfortable shoes, ones you are familiar with and have walked distance in before. Make sure to wear a thick cotton sock and consider bringing a change as the court can get wet.
Prior to starting, give your feet ankles and calves a good thorough stretch. And be sure to periodically stretch out in the course of the day. Drink plenty of water, and avoid sugary drinks.
It’s a beautiful weekend for golf, enjoy the tournament and while you’re in town come to visit us at Advance Podiatry.
Many of our patients ask for tips on purchasing shoe gear. When shoe shopping, your ultimate goals include making sure you are comfortable, the shoes you are purchasing fit well and that you are pain-free. Of course, style and fashion trend(s) matter to most but in order to avoid potential foot issues- it is important to select appropriate well-fitting shoes.
To help you navigate, below are some helpful tips:
- Purchase shoes at the END of the day; this is when your feet are larger. This will ensure that your shoes will not be too tight.
- Have your feet measured? Sometimes one foot may be larger than the other. Another thing to be aware of is that sizing can vary from brand to brand. Go by how the shoe fits rather than the marked size. Always try before you buy!
- Bring your orthotics with you when purchasing shoes and walk around the store to ensure that you are comfortable. On the same note, try on shoes with any socks or special stockings/hosiery that you normally wear on a daily basis.
- Make sure there is wiggle room! If you cannot move your toes, your shoes are too tight. If the shoe is too tight or narrow, you can aggravate conditions such as bunions or hammertoes.
- Look for shoes with adequate shock absorption and cushion. This will help with shock absorption and help protect your feet.
- Bend the shoes. Shoes should not bend in the arch region. This can lead to plantar fasciitis (heel pain).
When shoes are inappropriate in terms of sizing, fit, or comfort, this may lead to foot deformities and/or aggravate existing deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, flat feet or high arched feet. Custom orthotics (inserts) may help with such conditions and also help relieve pain.
You do not have to live with pain; especially if it is because of improper footwear! If you are unsure about anything or have questions, please do not hesitate to call us and make an appointment!
Scrolling through some sports articles over the weekend was mostly the same old news, but an injury report brought one that caught my attention and warrants discussion. The NBA playoffs are coming up, and with the push towards the end of the season, star players are getting more court time. Such was the case for Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon who suffered a minor plantar fascial tear in his right foot which will require a minimum of 6-8 weeks to fully recuperate from. But wait for Dr. D, you say. You just said it was a minor tear, why so long to heal? I'm glad you asked that loyal reader.
The plantar fascia is a ligament on the bottom of the foot which starts from the heel bone, runs underneath the arch, and travels to the base of each of the toes. This ligament helps support the structure of the foot. Basketball players and other court-sport athletes are the most susceptible to plantar fascial strains. The high demand of performing on a hard surface, lateral cutting movements, jumping and landing and repetitive periods of high activity and then rest can predispose to issues with the plantar fascia.
Symptoms can be very mild, ranging from discomfort when walking to extremely severe, where patients cannot put any pressure on their heels and will limp. This injury is very common, something podiatrists see daily, and occurs in all ages and activity levels. The treatments employed depend on the severity of the injury, but generally, most patients do not require a long period of recuperation. Unfortunately, the plantar fascia does not heal quickly, so even an elite athlete sometimes needs a period where no stress is subjected to the plantar fascia. Since the plantar fascia is one of the main structures that support the foot, sometimes that means no walking and running. We try to keep patients on their feet if possible, but each patient is different. Usually, some stretching exercises, rest, physical therapy and custom orthotics are all that are needed to get people back on their feet, raining down threes, smashing winners and pounding the pavement.