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According to Tuhina Neogi, MD, PhD, and other researchers of the Boston University School of Medicine, extreme humidity and high temperatures have been found to highly affect the risk of having a recurrent goutattack. The findings were discovered after the group evaluated the results of a questionnaire answered by 619 participants who had physician-diagnosed gout and had had a gout attack within the past year. It was found that temperatures of 70°-79° F and 80° F and above were associated with a 43% and 40% increased risk of a recurrent gout attack, respectively.

“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 can become difficult to bear with.  If you are having trouble with the effects of gout, consult Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimovwill attend to all of your foot and ankle concerns.

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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In Korea, a man known as “Yoon” was awarded a state subsidy by a court in Seoul for a nerve condition he sustained. Yoon sustained his condition while working on a waste pipe at a Samsung semiconductor plant in 2012. Yoon was not wearing protective equipment at the time, causing his hands and feet to be exposed to hydrofluoric acid in the liquid waste he was handling.

Sadly, the nerves in Yoon’s extremities stopped functioning correctly, so he applied for welfare from the government. He appealed his claim to the Seoul Administrative Court, which acknowledged the fact that hydrofluoric acid often causes nerve damage and wound, and was awarded his claim.

Regardless of where you’re from, nerve complications in the feet can make life quite difficult. For assistance with a nerve disorder in your lower extremities, visit podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf.  In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Siouxland Matters writer Allison Walker strongly discourages wearing flip-flops. Walker believes that wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can actually increase the likelihood of incurring foot and ankle conditions and injuries. Some of the risks taken while wearing flip-flops include heel pain and ankle injuries.

The best way to prevent these conditions is to at least choose flip-flops that can provide some support if you must wear them. Mike Pape of Rudolph’s Shoe Mart says, “There are different types of what they call orthotics or foot beds that are in the various shoes and sandals . . . Now there’s all the different components that go into making the different arches.”

If you must wear flip-flops, try not to wear them for too long. If you have questions, see podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will provide you with quality foot and ankle care.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

-Ankle problems
-Hip problems
-Lower back problems
-Pain in the balls of the feet
-Problems with foot arches
-Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

-Sprained ankles
-Blisters
-Infections
-Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result; make sure you are purchasing your flip-flops from a respected brand too.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Those who like to enjoy the outdoors can potentially run into problems if they hurt their feet while they’re away from modern amenities. Fortunately, many irritating podiatric problems can be healed using simple compounds made from easily-found plant material.

One example is corns on the feet. These annoying growths can be treated by steeping the bark from a willow tree in warm water for about thirty minutes, then soaking the afflicted feet in the solution. Another common foot problem, ingrown toenails, can be handled with the same method, but with a solution made of crushed acorns instead of willow bark. Blisters and cuts can be taken care of through the use of pulverized plantains, yarrow, or both.

Thankfully, modern medicine has evolved enough so that those kinds of natural antidotes aren’t necessary anymore. If you have corns on your feet, visit podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will examine your lower extremities thoroughly and suggest a quick and effective form of treatment for your calluses.   

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.

Preventing the Return of Corns

Orthotic shoes can also be an option because they are fitted by a podiatrist and help to prevent the return of corns.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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