Tuesday, 05 July 2022 00:00

When you spend a lot of your time on your feet there is a good chance that you will experience foot pain at some point. This likelihood increases when you have rheumatoid arthritis. Experts say that most people with rheumatoid arthritis have daily pain in the feet and ankles. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the joints in your body, specifically the synovial fluid that keeps the joints moving smoothly. Since the feet and ankles have so many joints they are common targets, causing inflammation, swelling, and pain. Being overweight compounds the problem of rheumatoid arthritis by adding more pressure to the foot and ankle joints. As a result, lower-impact exercises such as swimming, biking, and yoga are recommended as a way to maintain a healthy weight. Several specific exercises can help as well as wearing shoes with deep cushioning and a wider base. In addition, certain medications are available to confront the pain of RA flare-ups. If you have foot or ankle pain from rheumatoid arthritis that interferes with your daily activities, it is suggested to see a podiatrist for treatment options that work best for you.  

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 Amir Lebaschi, DPM of Orange County Foot & Ankle Institute . 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 Santa Ana, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2022 00:00

If you are a runner and are experiencing some pain in one of your toes, look for the following signs that may indicate you have a broken toe. First, is the pain you are feeling intense and throbbing? Do you notice any deformity, lumps or bumps on the toe? Is it difficult to walk or run? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a broken toe. Swelling and severe bruising may also be present with a broken toe, and the toenail may also be discolored. A podiatrist can examine your foot and run imaging tests to make an accurate diagnosis. There are many ways a podiatrist can help your broken toe to heal, depending on which toe it is, where it is broken, and how badly it is broken. You will, no doubt, be anxious to get back to training, but running on a broken toe is not suggested. Listen to your body and your podiatrist, who will advise you on when it is safe to begin running again. Ask if there are other exercises you can do in the meantime to stay active. 

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Amir Lebaschi, DPM from Orange County Foot & Ankle Institute . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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

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Tuesday, 21 June 2022 00:00

Heel fissures are another name for the medical condition known as cracked heels. This ailment can cause discomfort and the heels may bleed in severe cases. Cracked heels can develop for a variety of reasons such as wearing shoes that are backless, or from standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day. Additionally, the aging process may contribute to the onset of cracked heels which could lead to less padding in the heel area. It is often an unsightly condition and the skin may harden or turn a yellowish color. Patients who are diabetic may need to take extra precautions when looking for any cracks in the skin as they can become infected. Diabetic patients can often have difficulty feeling anything on their feet as a result of elevated blood sugar levels. There may also be existing medical conditions that can lead to cracked heels including eczema, thyroid disorders, and rheumatoid arthritis. If you have developed cracked heels, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who is able to prescribe the correct treatment that can bring relief.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Amir Lebaschi, DPM from Orange County Foot & Ankle Institute . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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Tuesday, 14 June 2022 00:00

Bunions may be prevented from developing. A bunion is defined as a bony protrusion on the side of the big toe and can gradually occur from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. In severe cases, the bunion can cause the other toes to overlap, and this may cause difficulty in walking and completing daily activities. Some of the suggested ways to prevent bunions from developing can include wearing shoes that have adequate room for the toes to move freely as well as avoiding high heels. It can be beneficial to frequently rest the feet as this can provide the opportunity to stretch the toes. If the bunion is painful, it may feel better to wear a protective pad on top of it which may aid in reducing the pressure against the shoe. When a bunion is severe, surgery may be a necessary option for permanent relief. If you notice the beginning stages of a developing bunion, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can offer the correct treatment options. 

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Amir Lebaschi, DPM of Orange County Foot & Ankle Institute . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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