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GoutProf. Lisa Stamp of New Zealand’s University of Otago held an eight-week long research that focused on gout patients and their Vitamin C intake to see if it helped treat the disease. The results concluded that Vitamin C did not help lower urate levels to a ‘clinically satisfactory degree’.

“Though Vitamin C may reduce risk of developing gout, our data does not support using Vitamin C as a therapy to lower uric acid levels in patients with established gout,” Prof. Stamp said in response to the results. While Vitamin C could still help lower the risk of developing gout, it is by no means an effective treatment for the disease.

Your feet are an important part of your body. If you believe you are suffering from gout, you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.  

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 of them to recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body.  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.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Sever's DiseaseAs children start growing, so do their level of risks. These risks include disorders that can affect their developmental growth such as Sever’s Disease. This disease typically occurs through a growth spurt although it could also happen as a result of injuries, especially when it comes to active children. Often symptoms of Sever’s Disease go unnoticed, especially if the child in question does not speak of any pain in his or her heels.

If your child is suffering from Sever’s disease, seek the care of a podiatrist such Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can accurately diagnose Sever’s disease in patients and provide your child with the appropriate treatment options to manage the condition.

What is Sever’s Disease?

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain in one or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

Improper pronation – the rolling of the foot during walking or running and obesity are all linked to causing Sever’s disease.

To learn more about treatments and diagnosis of Sever’s disease follow link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Diabetic Foot CareExperts at Duke University Medical Center have discovered that patients who are diabetic and are carrying the APOE4 gene may be susceptible to peripheral neuropathy. According to Geoff Michaels of NewsFIx, approximately 50 percent of people with diabetes get peripheral neuropathy, where decreased blood flow leads to nerve impairment in the feet.

This actually increases the risk of diabetic foot ulcers and other complications to take shape. Taking control and monitoring your blood sugar may prevent neuropathy.  Research also has proven that particular people could be more prone to neuropathy because of their genetic make-up.

If you are currently suffering from diabetes and need help with diabetic foot care, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can help you manage your diabetic feet to ensure that they remain healthy, while also providing you with any treatment options if any problems do arise.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

To learn more about Diabetic Foot Care please follow link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Jonathan Brown limps off Gabba pitchBrisbane Lions forward Jonathan Brown suffered a foot injury that could spell the end of his athletic career. The 31 year old athlete will be visiting a surgeon next week to get a better understanding of his injury, which seems to be a tear of the plantar fascia.

Although Lions coach Michael Voss wishes for Brown to play in 2014, Brown is unsure. “I just don’t want to go out there and play for the sake of it, or play for the money. I want to go out there and still be able to contribute.” Brown said. If his career is indeed at an end, “If I played my last game, so be it. I can live with that,” Brown told the AFL Footy Show.

Facing such an injury can be daunting, but with proper care returning to sports and activities is not impossible. Receiving treatment from a podiatrist such as Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care can help you manage your injury as well as provide solutions for how to get back into the sports you enjoy.

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

Sprained ankles are a frustrating and painful ordeal many athletes go through. Recovery from a sprained ankle usually involves the RICE method. This includes:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

In addition, athletes should consider wearing an ankle brace in order to keep the ankle stabilized and alleviate any pain as it heals.

Stress fractures that occur in the foot and ankle come in two types. This includes stable and displaced. Stable stress fractures do not consist of any shifting in bone alignment while displaced stress fractures involve bone ends that do not line up.

Learn more about getting back into sports after foot and ankle injury by following link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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