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Fortunately, gout is treatable using home remedies and complimentary healing practices. The Mayo Clinic states that gout is a special kind of arthritis that causes intense bouts of pain in the joints, most often around the big toe. Gout is a problem that affects over 8 million Americans. Emax Health writer Tracy Woolrich suggests a homemade remedy for this condition made of healthy foods and vitamins.

Apples and bananas are helpful in counteracting uric acid, one of the causes of gout, and liquidizing it to make it easier for it to leave the body. Woolrich suggests supplements of herbs, topical applications, and Vitamin C as well. She places total belief in her home remedy system, but acknowledges that it might not work well for everyone. If the gout gets too severe she recommends seeing a doctor or other medical professional right away.

Gout is an extremely uncomfortable but avoidable disease.  If you are worried about getting gout, see podiatrist Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can examine your feet and ask you about your diet to determine if you are at risk for getting this condition.

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever. 

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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Broken Toe"This year 35-year-old Kara Goucher withdrew from the ING New York City Marathon following a broken toe injury. In her personal blog Goucher wrote that she fractured the second metatarsal of her right foot while on an exercise run during the summertime. “850 minutes a week.”  

“Eight weeks later, it was time to start running outdoors,” Goucher wrote. “The marathon was now 10 weeks away, and I needed to get after it! The transition did not go well. My foot ached and my cadence was slow. I recently went back to the doctor and found out that my foot, is healing, but is not healed.

Suffering from a broken toecan be a painful injury to deal with. It is beneficial to be in the care of a doctor who can treat your condition properly. A podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay can assess your injury can provide you with the best treatment options for your needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

· throbbing pain
· swelling
· bruising on the skin and toenail
· the inability to move the toe with ease
· toe appears crooked or disfigured
· tingling or numbness in the toe
· injured person experiences fever or chills throughout their body, and when there is an open, bleeding wound present on the toe.

Generally, a minor toe break will heal without long-term complications, but it is important to discontinue activities that put pressure on the toe. It is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated on pillows. Swelling can be alleviated by placing an ice pack on the broken toe for 15 minutes every two hours then taping the two toes together with medical tape. 

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BunionsIn the journal PLoS One, researchers uncovered that conventional wisdom regarding flat feet is indeed true. The Framingham Foot Study, which measured foot posture in 3,000 adults, found that those with flat feet were more likely to have overlapping toes and adverse conditions such as hammertoe and bunions.

This is due to the flat feet having more pronation as opposed to high arched feet, which were shown to be less likely to have arthritis and develop painful foot conditions since high arched feet supinated as opposed to pronating. Fortunately, the study indicated no relationship between foot type and developing plantar fasciitis.

Having flat-feet can lead to complications down the road. If you think you have flat feet you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein will diagnose any foot conditions you may have as well as provide you with a range of treatment options.

What are Flat Feet?

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees– if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

  • Pain around the heel or arch area.
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
  • Flat look to one or both feet.
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn.

If you feel that you have flat feet, or you know that you have them and think they are causing problems for you, don’t hesitate to contact a medical specialist.

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Quinton Coples Broken AnkleDespite defeating the Jaguars, the New York Jets sustained a costly loss as linebacker Quinton Coples suffered a broken ankle during the game. The injury occurred when Coples rushed quarterback Chad Henne, causing a fumble during the second quarter.

A broken ankle can be a tough injury to endure. If you suffered a broken ankle, you should seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can assess your injury and provide you with the best care for your feet.

Broken Ankles

A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. The tibia is the bone of the lower leg that is known to be the weight-bearing bone and is also more commonly called the shin. The fibula is the bone that is found on the outside of the leg and is smaller than the tibia. These bones are both attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankle fractures are very common since they occur in an area that suffers a lot of weight bearing and stress; therefore this area is more prone to suffering from fractures. There some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

- Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle.
- Swelling around the area.
- Colorful bruising of the area.
- Area appears to be deformed.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices which are located in San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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