Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Plantar hyperhidrosis, a condition characterized by excessive sweating of the feet, poses challenges for those affected, often leading to discomfort and embarrassment. Several factors contribute to this condition, including overactive sweat glands triggered by the sympathetic nervous system. Genetics play a significant role, as individuals with a family history of hyperhidrosis are more prone to developing the condition. Hormonal changes, such as those occurring during puberty or menopause, can also exacerbate sweating. Additionally, medical conditions like diabetes, thyroid disorders, and infections may contribute to plantar hyperhidrosis. Psychological factors like stress, anxiety, or nervousness can further amplify sweating episodes. Furthermore, wearing tight or poorly ventilated footwear, particularly in warm climates, can worsen symptoms. If you are affected by plantar hyperhidrosis, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide you with effective relief methods.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Cory Brown, DPM of Cory Brown, DPM. Our doctor can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Arthritis, a term encompassing various inflammatory joint conditions, can significantly impact foot health, causing pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. One common type is osteoarthritis, characterized by the breakdown of cartilage within the joints, leading to bone-on-bone friction and discomfort. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, targets the synovial lining of joints, including those in the feet, resulting in inflammation and joint deformities. Another prevalent form of arthritis is gout, caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, often affecting the big toe and causing sudden, severe pain. Additionally, psoriatic arthritis, associated with the skin condition psoriasis, can affect the feet, causing joint inflammation, swelling, and nail changes. Each type of arthritis presents unique challenges and requires tailored management strategies to alleviate symptoms and preserve foot function. If you have been afflicted by arthritis in your feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine what the type is, and offer effective treatment strategies.

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 Cory Brown, DPM of Cory Brown, DPM. 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 Lewiston, ID . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Recovering from a broken ankle can be a challenging journey, but there are steps individuals can take to expedite the healing process and regain mobility sooner. This can begin by following the guidance of a podiatrist and adhering to the prescribed treatment plan, which may include immobilization through a cast or brace. Elevating the injured ankle above heart level can help reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort. Engaging in gentle range-of-motion exercises can prevent stiffness and promote flexibility in the ankle joint. Adequate nutrition, including foods rich in calcium and vitamin D, supports bone health and aids in the healing process. Finally, maintaining a positive mindset and practicing patience are essential aspects of recovery, as healing from a broken ankle takes time and diligence. If you have broken your ankle, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with additional recovery tips.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Cory Brown, DPM from Cory Brown, DPM. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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

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Friday, 22 March 2024 00:00

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

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