The disorder itself may not be preventable, but you may be able to avoid things that trigger your symptoms. Limit alcohol consumption and follow a low-purine diet. Certain factors are associated with a greater risk of arthritis. Some of these risk factors are modifiable while others are not. Elevated uric acid levels cause gout, and specific infections can cause certain forms of arthritis. The causes of many of the other forms of arthritis are unknown. Scientists are studying the role of factors such as genetics, lifestyle, and environment in the various types of arthritis.
Bunions, referred to in the medical community as Hallux Valgus, are one of the most common forefoot problems. A bunion is a prominent bump on the inside of the foot around the big toe joint. This bump is actually a bone protruding towards the inside of the foot. With the continued movement of the big toe towards the smaller toes, it is common to find the big toe resting under or over the second toe. This causes a common forefoot condition called overlapping toes. Some of the symptoms of bunions include inflammation, swelling, and soreness on the side surface of the big toe.
CALLUSES These are thick layers of dead skin cells that accumulate in areas of the foot exposed to frequent pressure. High heels or flat shoes can make CORNS These are kernel shaped areas of thickened tissue. They are similar to calluses but usually form at the tips or between the toes. Cutting or abrading corns can cause more pain and often results in infection. For a simple solution, soak the corns in Epsom salt for 10 minutes, then gently rub the corn with a pumice stone. Repeat this treatment daily until the corn is gone.
When you are washing and drying your feet, it is important to inspect your feet for cuts, sores, bruises or any changes in your toenails. You may need to use a mirror to check the bottoms of your feet. If you see any corns and calluses, do not try to remove them; you will need to let your doctor or podiatrist see them and treat them accordingly. Don’t wear high heels all day every day. Get yourself a nice pair of orthopedic sandals – or even soccer slides, these feel awesome after you’ve been wearing heels – to de-stress your piggies.
The doctors at the Foot and Ankle Center are excited to also offer a new treatment, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, for chronic plantar fasciitis “heel pain”. Extracorporeal” means “outside the body”. Shock waves are created by very strong acoustic (sound) energy. Your ESW treatment will be performed with a device called the OssaTron. The OssaTron is a shock wave generator very similar to the shock wave devices used to treat kidney stones without surgery. The shock waves are created by a spark plus that is enclosed in a soft plastic dome filled with water. ESW treatment has recently been found to be effective for treating chronic proximal plantar fasciitis.
The pattern and location of symptoms can vary depending on the type of arthritis. Generally, people with arthritis feel pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints. The onset of arthritis symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly. Arthritis is most often a chronic disease, so symptoms may come and go, or persist over time. Depending on the form of arthritis, there are steps that can be taken to reduce your risk of arthritis. Maintaining an appropriate body weight has been shown to decrease the risk of developing osteoarthritis and gout. Protecting your joints from injuries or overuse can reduce the risk of osteoarthritis.
Surgery should be reserved as a last option for the feet. Opperating on your feet is like taking parts off a car. It’ll never function the way it’s designed to. It can even stop you dead in your tracks. I’ve seen alot of foot damage CAUSED from foot and ankle surgeries. As always, it is important to have your individual feet evaluated for solutions specific to your body type. What works for one person may not work for another. There are very few solutions for bunion deformities, though. If left untreated, they can get pretty big and ugly and interfer significantly with your gait. Compensation problems can result.