Tuesday, 05 July 2022 00:00

Sometimes your foot “goes to sleep” as the result of sitting awkwardly or wearing tight shoes. This is a temporary condition and in most cases, it resolves itself easily. Other causes of numbness in the feet and toes can be problematic as well as dangerous to your health. It can often be traced to a nerve damage that causes the feet to stop receiving transmissions from the brain, also known as peripheral neuropathy. Another common cause is damage to the circulatory system. Blood vessels become constricted and cannot supply the proper amount of blood to the area, causing peripheral artery disease (PAD). Diabetes, systemic diseases, vitamin deficiency, and alcoholism also can contribute to this condition. Physical conditions, including a herniated disc and spinal stenosis, can lead to numbness in one or both feet. Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots), extreme cold, atherosclerosis (a thickening of arterial walls), and Raynaud’s disease may cause numbness in the lower extremities. Caution is the byword when numbness, tingling and burning sensations in the feet and toes occur or won’t subside. Please consult a podiatrist as soon as possible for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment measures.  

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from The Sun Healthcare & Surgery Group. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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

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Thursday, 30 June 2022 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 00:00

Excess uric acid crystals can cause a condition known as gout. It is brought on by elevated purines in the bloodstream that form crystals in the joint of the big toe and cause extreme pain and discomfort. Gout can occur from genetic reasons, eating foods such as shellfish and red meat, excess alcohol use, or drinks made with large amounts of sugar. The pain that accompanies gout is sudden and generally happens in the early morning hours. It was referred to as a “rich man’s disease” because wealthy people often consumed these types of extravagant foods. There are effective prevention methods that may reduce the risk of getting gout. These include eating healthy foods and maintaining a normal weight. Also, it can be beneficial to practice a simple exercise program, and drinking plenty of fresh water can help to improve kidney function. If you have frequent gout attacks, it is wise to be under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this painful ailment.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from The Sun Healthcare & Surgery Group. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Tuesday, 21 June 2022 00:00

A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in treating ailments of the feet. Like other doctors, podiatrists must complete four years of study and training in podiatric medical school, and complete another three years of residency training in hospitals or clinics. After passing the required exams podiatrists become certified. They may complete additional training in a specialized area of foot care, such as foot surgery or pediatrics if they so choose. Podiatrists must be licensed to practice in the state they work in, as well as maintain training and renew their licenses annually. Podiatrists treat all people for a range of foot conditions, from ingrown toenails to ankle fractures. If your feet or ankles hurt or become injured, or you experience changes in your gait, it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose the problem and provide appropriate treatment. These doctors should also be seen for the prevention of problems before they arise.

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from The Sun Healthcare & Surgery Group. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

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

 

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