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High temperatures and humidity greatly affect the risk of having a recurrent gout attack, according to Tuhina Neogi, MD, PhD, and other researchers of the Boston University School of Medicine. 619 participants answered a questionnaire on the study website; all participants were diagnosed with gout and within the past 12 months had had a gout attack. Findings determined that a respective 43% and 40% increased risk of a recurrent gout attack was associated with temperatures of  70°-79° F and 80° F and above.

“Patients with gout may be advised that under conditions of hot and/or dry weather, appropriate measures such as increased water intake, should be considered to minimize the recurrent gout attacks,” the authors concluded.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. Speak to Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care if you have any concerns regarding gout. Dr. Salamawill assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

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 for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings,” Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. 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.

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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 care needs.

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A survey held by the American Podiatric Medical Association found that seventy-seven percent of adult Americans experience foot pain. One third of those reporting foot pain aid they would actively seek the care of a podiatrist.  What makes matters worse is half of the respondents who suffer from foot pain say this pain has an effect on their daily activities.

Among participants who visited a podiatrist, 88% reported getting a quick diagnosis and 76% said that they were provided an effective treatment or care.  Over a third of the participants who sought out podiatric help said their podiatrist was able to alert them of other medical concerns, such as circulatory issues, nerve issues, or diabetes.

If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, seek help.  A podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care  can provide quality care to keep you pain free and on your feet.

What is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek care of a podiatrist when they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as: heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • physical therapy
  • drugs
  • perform surgery on lower extremity fractures
  • orthotic inserts or soles

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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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 care needs.

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Advocates of nature know that Mother Earth provides a solution for many physical ailments, including foot problems. For example, to treat corns on your feet, submerge bark from a willow tree in warm water for about thirty minutes. After the solution is created, soak your feet inside to treat the corns.  

Do ingrown toenails happen to be the problem? Soak your feet in a mixture of grinded acorns and water in order to create a surprisingly effective treatment for ingrown toenails. If you have blisters or lesions, apply crushed plantains or yarrow to the affected area. After applying the plantains or yarrow, cover your wound with a bandage.

Corns can create a lot of difficulty. If you have foot corns and nature isn’t working out for you, see podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?

Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns

There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Treating corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

For more information about Corns on the Feet, follow the 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 care needs.

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http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/shared/npr/styles/placed_wide/nprshared/201407/327851772.jpgChocolate fans may find yet another reason to love the sweet goodness that it often brings. A studyconducted by scientists at Sapienza University found that the polyphenols found in dark chocolate canincrease blood flow. This is especially good news to patients who suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD).

 During the study, the researchers provided half of their study participants 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate and the other half 1.5 ounces of milk chocolate. The scientists observed the effects as patients walked on treadmills for a  period of time. The results showed that the group that had been given the dark chocolate was able to walk 11% farther, demonstrating improved circulation in their extremities.

Poor circulation in the feet is often very uncomfortable. If you are struggling with poor circulation, contact podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care.Dr. Salama can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain   
-numbness in legs
-cramps           
-skin discoloration
-weakness       
-slower nail & hair growth
-stiffness        
-erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication which will help for PAD.  

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 care needs.

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