Tuesday, 15 June 2021 00:00

Gout is a form of arthritis in which an overabundance of uric acid in the bloodstream leads to the formation of urea crystals in the joints, causing a painful gout flareup. These flare ups usually occur in the big toe joint and cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, warmth, and intense pain. While gout can affect anybody, certain people are more at risk of developing it than others. These include men, those who are obese, those who have hypertension, diabetes, or poor kidney function, and those who drink alcohol, sugary beverages, or consume a diet high in purines, which are found in red meat and certain types of seafood. Gout may flare up once or become a chronic condition. If you have had a gout flareup or are at risk for gout, please speak with a podiatrist.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Cathy A. Cimaglia from Cimaglia Foot Care. Dr. Cimaglia will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Tuesday, 08 June 2021 00:00

Blisters on the feet are a common occurrence. They are usually the result of friction from your shoes rubbing against a specific area of skin. A blister forms as a natural protective measure to shield raw skin under a bubble of liquid. If you find a friction blister on your foot, cover it with a soft or padded bandage or dressing. Do not pop the blister, as this will expose the raw skin underneath it to dirt and bacteria and may lead to an infection. If the blister pops naturally, wash your hands prior to touching the blister. Allow the fluid to drain and then cover the area with a bandage. Blisters usually heal on their own, without medical intervention. However, if you have a particularly painful blister, the blister is showing signs of infection, or you have recurring blisters on your feet, please seek the care of a podiatrist. 

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Cathy A. Cimaglia of Cimaglia Foot Care. Dr. Cimaglia can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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

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Tuesday, 01 June 2021 00:00

When the feet become too dry, the skin on the heels can harden and crack. Cracked heels can be unsightly and uncomfortable. In some cases, the cracks can be deep, painful, and may even bleed. Treating and preventing dry, cracked heels begins with establishing a daily foot care routine. Soak the feet for at least 10 minutes in plain water and pat them dry, then gently rub your heels with a loofah to remove dead skin. Next, apply a thick moisturizer to the heels and put on cotton socks to seal in the moisture. If home treatments are not effective, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Cathy A. Cimaglia from Cimaglia Foot Care. Dr. Cimaglia 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 Oakland, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 24 May 2021 00:00

The aging process can make seniors more prone to falling, as well as cause damage to their feet. This can be the result of a loss of cushioning in the feet and bones that may have become brittle. Additionally, many elderly people can feel a loss of independence, and falling one time can invoke fear of completing daily activities. There are methods that can be implemented which can make it safer for seniors to move about. These can consist of installing grab bars in the shower and toilet areas, and removing worn rugs and other tripping hazards from the living area. Furthermore, it can help to improve lighting in the household. Many seniors find it helps to have regular physical examinations, which are necessary in order to monitor existing medications. If you have questions about how falling can affect the feet, please ask a podiatrist.

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 Dr. Cathy A. Cimaglia from Cimaglia Foot Care. Dr. Cimaglia 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 Oakland, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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