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October 2022

Wednesday, 26 October 2022 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

Uncomfortable Plantar Hyperhidrosis

The medical term used when referring to excessively sweaty feet is plantar hyperhidrosis. Approximately five percent of the population is affected by this condition. Foot conditions like athlete’s foot and toenail fungus can accompany plantar hyperhidrosis in addition to an odor emanating from the feet. Hyperhidrosis results from the overproduction of sweat glands in the feet and may cause discomfort and embarrassment. Research suggests that it may be beneficial to keep a journal of sweating episodes to help pinpoint triggers, such as eating certain foods or emotions that may cause anxiety. It is best to avoid wearing socks that are made from nylon materials, unlike cotton socks which may help to ensure proper ventilation. Additionally, staying hydrated may lessen the intensity of sweaty feet. Please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can perform tests to determine if your feet are excessively sweaty as well as the treatment method that is best for you. 

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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

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Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

Types of Juvenile Arthritis

Arthritis that develops in a child is known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA.) Juvenile means under the age of 16, idiopathic means the cause is unknown, and arthritis indicates inflammation, swelling, and pain in joints, including the ankle. While the cause is unknown, it is believed that genetics may play a role in the development of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. However, it is not considered to be hereditary. The five main types of JIA are oligoarthritis, polyarticular, systemic onset, enthesitis-related, and psoriatic arthritis. Oligoarthritis is the most common type, and affects up to four joints, including the ankle. Polyarticular arthritis affects five or more joints, including the ankle, and generally appears in the same joint on each side of the body. Systemic onset arthritis, also known as Still’s disease, is the least common. It affects the joints but also causes widespread inflammation, high fevers, and swollen glands, among other symptoms. Enthesitis-related arthritis affects the ligaments and tendons that attach to the bones. Finally, psoriatic arthritis can infect multiple joints, but also causes a scaly skin rash. If your child exhibits pain, swelling, tenderness, redness and stiffness in the ankle joint, please consult with a podiatrist to determine the cause and discuss treatment options.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

Complications of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is one of the many foot conditions that can reduce and diminish the health of your feet. Caused by a fungal infection, Athlete’s foot can facilitate the development of a rash between the toes. There are several complications of this condition to be aware of. First, if you have a case of athlete’s foot, it may be possible to develop a bacterial infection as well. This is especially common when the athlete’s foot is not addressed for some time. The bacterial infection can develop as a result of scratching at the affected area. Second, another important complication of athlete’s foot to be aware of is that it may spread to other parts of the body. For example, since athlete’s foot is contagious, if you are scratching the affected area, the fungal infection can spread to your hands, the groin, or underneath the nails. If you have athlete’s foot, contact a podiatrist today for treatment.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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

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Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

Risks and Prevention of Heel Spurs

A heel spur is a bony protrusion on the underside of the calcaneus or heel bone. A heel spur can extend as much as half an inch from the bone. Some heel spurs are painless, but others can induce chronic pain that is sometimes associated with plantar fasciitis. These spurs are more common among athletes who do a lot of jumping and running. Risks for the development of heel spurs include running or jogging on hard surfaces, gait abnormalities that place excessive stress on the calcaneus, and being overweight. In addition, poorly fitted shoes that lack sufficient arch support can increase the risk of heel spurs. Just the process of aging can be a risk factor as the result of thinning fat pads in the heels. Other risks are engaging in short bursts of activity, spending an excessive amount of time on your feet, and having flat feet or high arches. Prevention tips include wearing well-fitting shoes with ample heel support and shock-absorbing soles. In some cases, custom orthotics may be the answer. For details on dealing with heel spurs and information on orthotics, please consult a podiatrist.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices located in Lakeport and Ukiah, CA . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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