Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, a chronic autoimmune disorder, can relentlessly target the feet, causing considerable discomfort and impairing mobility. In RA, the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues, leading to inflammation in the joints, including those in the feet. The toe joints, ankle joints, and subtalar joints are often affected, resulting in pain, stiffness, swelling, and deformities like bunions and hammertoes. Managing RA in the feet requires a multifaceted approach. Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, and biologic agents can alleviate symptoms and slow disease progression. Custom orthotics and supportive footwear aid in maintaining foot function and reducing discomfort. In severe cases where joint damage is significant and conservative treatments prove ineffective, surgery may be necessary to repair or replace damaged joints. If you are feeling the effects of RA in your feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for tailored management strategies and ways to improve overall foot health.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Alice Kim, DPM of 101 Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

As we age, the risk of experiencing a fall increases, posing a significant threat to independence and mobility among individuals aged 65 and older. Falls can lead to severe consequences, often affecting the feet, including fractures, reduced quality of life, and loss of independence. Therefore, prioritizing falls prevention is paramount. Several risk factors contribute to falls in older adults, including muscle weakness, balance issues, medication side effects, and environmental hazards. Implementing preventive measures, such as regular exercise to improve strength and balance, removing tripping hazards at home, ensuring proper lighting, and reviewing medications with a healthcare provider, can significantly reduce the risk of falls. A podiatrist can assess foot health and address issues, such as wearing improper footwear and having foot pain, which can contribute to instability. Additionally, they can provide guidance on proper foot care and recommend custom orthotic devices to improve balance and mobility. If you are a senior and want to learn more about falls prevention and what you can do to protect yourself, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you safeguard your independence and well-being.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Alice Kim, DPM from 101 Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Diabetic foot infections are a significant concern for individuals with diabetes, often stemming from minor cuts or sores on the feet. These infections, which affect the soft tissue or bone below the ankle, can escalate rapidly and pose a risk of amputation if not managed promptly. They are typically caused by various bacteria, some of which are more challenging to treat. Approaches vary based on the severity of the diabetic foot infection and the patient's overall health. For more severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary, along with intravenous antibiotics. Assessing blood flow in the legs is imperative, particularly for those with circulation issues. Preventive measures play a vital role in reducing the risk of diabetic foot infections, including proper foot care, maintaining stable blood sugar levels, and avoiding smoking. Regular visits to a podiatrist for foot examinations are essential, and patients may benefit from wearing specialized footwear. To address concerns about diabetic foot infections, it is suggested that you include regular appointments with a podiatrist to assess your foot health. 

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Alice Kim, DPM from 101 Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Posterior heel pain can be caused by various conditions that can significantly impact daily life. Achilles tendinopathy, often induced by excessive mechanical loading or certain medications, results in achy or sharp pain that worsens with activity or pressure. Diagnosis of posterior heel pain involves clinical examination by a podiatrist, revealing tenderness along the tendon and sometimes visible thickening. Treatment strategies, including activity modification and specialized exercises, necessitate personalized guidance from a podiatrist. Similarly, Haglund deformity, marked by a prominence at the back of the heel, can lead to retrocalcaneal bursitis. It may require tailored interventions, such as footwear adjustments, certain medications, and in severe cases, surgery. In children between eight and 14 years old who are active in sports, pain in the heel may indicate the onset of Sever’s disease. Ceasing the activity and changing to more supportive footwear, can help. Consulting a podiatrist is essential for accurate diagnosis and effective management of posterior heel pain, as these foot doctors possess the expertise to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your needs. To regain mobility and ensure that heel pain does not impede daily activities, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Alice Kim, DPM of 101 Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Camarillo, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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