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Tuesday, 30 August 2022 00:00

The Relationship Between Gout and Alcohol

Gout is one of the many conditions that impacts the joints of the body. Specifically, when there is an excess of uric acid in the body, gout occurs commonly in the joint of the big toe. If an individual has gout, they may feel intense pain in the joints during what is known as “gout attacks.” Swelling and sensations of warmness may occur. Gout has an interesting relationship with alcohol that anyone who is serious about maintaining the health of their feet ought to be aware of. Consuming large quantities of alcohol can increase the risk of developing or aggravating gout in some individuals. This is because alcohol is a substance that contains many purines, and when the human body processes purines, uric acid is ultimately released. Uric acid, of course, causes gout. It is important to note that consuming beer, as opposed to hard liquor, makes one more susceptible to increasing the risk of developing gout. Additionally, men can be even more prone to developing gout from alcohol than women. If you are drinking more than twelve drinks of alcohol in any given week, then you may be putting yourself at risk of a gout attack in your feet. You might want to contact a podiatrist who will be able to help you treat or mitigate any problems related to gout. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Dean D. Hinners from Illinois. 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 one of our offices located in Metropolis and Eldorado, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2022 00:00

Types of Foot Fractures

One of the most detrimental conditions to negatively impact the health of the feet is broken or fractured feet. An individual has a fracture of their feet when a bone breaks. If you have a fractured foot, you may experience pain in and around the feet. Your affected foot might even appear bruised, and it could be difficult for you to put weight on it. Generally speaking, there are two main types of broken feet. First, you can develop what is known as a full foot fracture. This condition is caused by some type of one-time injury. Commonly, individuals can develop a full foot fracture by dropping a significantly heavy object directly onto their foot. If you have a full foot injury, the various muscles and tissues that surround the foot might be injured or affected. However, this is not always the case with certain full foot injuries. Second, you can develop what is known as a stress fracture in the foot. This type of injury occurs over an extended period of time when a specific part of the foot undergoes repeated stress and overuse. These two types of foot fractures have different causes, yet they can share some of the same symptoms. If you believe that you may have broken or fractured your foot, you can seek guidance from a podiatrist who can help you identify and address the problem. 


 

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Dean D. Hinners from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Metropolis and Eldorado, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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A stress fracture is considered to be a hairline fracture. It can happen in the foot, and is often the result of participating in running and jumping activities. It occurs when the bones become fatigued, and cannot support the shock that comes from activity. It generally develops gradually, and many people tend to ignore the pain and discomfort that often accompanies this type of injury. Common symptoms that many patients notice include swelling at the end of the day, and it is difficult to walk as the fracture gets worse. Relief may be found when a boot is worn, and this may provide adequate support as the healing process occurs. This typically takes approximately six weeks, and is further evaluated to see if additional treatment is needed. Mild stretches may accelerate the healing process, which may be beneficial in strengthening the overall foot. If you have foot pain and feel it may be a stress fracture, please confer with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can diagnose and treat this condition.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Dean D. Hinners from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Metropolis and Eldorado, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 14 August 2022 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

Pesky, Persistent Toenail Fungal Infections

Onychomycosis is the medical term for toenail fungus. While different organisms may be responsible for the infection, dermatophytes are the most common culprits by far. Toenail fungus is a bothersome condition that causes the nails to become discolored, thickened, distorted, ragged, crumbly, brittle, and even smelly in certain cases. Older adults are more prone to contracting a toenail infection because as we age, our nails become more brittle. Brittle nails can crack, which can make it easier for the fungal organism to creep inside the nail and infect it. If you detect any of the symptoms mentioned here, it is advised to seek the care of a podiatrist. Toenail infections can be very difficult to treat at home, given that the organism can burrow deep into the multiple layers of the nail or underneath the nail, making it difficult to target and kill effectively and permanently. Also, home treatment may be risky for people with weakened immune symptoms, diabetes, or circulatory issues. 

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Dean D. Hinners of Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Metropolis and Eldorado, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

Common Ways to Deal With Foot Pain

There are many and varied causes of foot pain, including injury, overuse, or conditions that result in inflammation involving bones, ligaments, and tendons. Arthritis and neuropathy are also common causes of foot pain, as are deformities like bunions and hammertoe. A number of methods are available to combat foot pain. A warm foot bath containing Epsom salt can be soothing to sore muscles after a long day of walking or standing. But if your feet are hot, swollen, and tired, a cool foot bath may be more effective. A simple foot massage with essential oils can also help reduce pain and promote flexibility. Exercise also has been shown to counteract muscle tightness. Of course, footwear is often one of the problems frequently associated with foot pain. Make sure that your shoes fit properly, providing ample toe room and adequate cushioning. Have corns and calluses that cause you to change walking patterns looked at and removed. If you have flat feet, or other foot deformities, custom orthotics may help alleviate pain. For more information on why you have foot pain and what to do about it, please consult a podiatrist.  


 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Dean D. Hinners from Illinois. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Metropolis and Eldorado, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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