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Items filtered by date: June 2014
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gout-foot2Ancient DNA isn’t just the product of conspiracy theories and science fiction movies. In fact,dinosaur DNA is currently being tested in order to create a possible cure for gout. Scientists tested the DNA’s capabilities by reviving a prehistoric protein via E.coli. The E.coli was then able to convert the DNA into workable live proteins.

The 90 million year old DNA proved to be solid when it came to eliminating uric acid build up, a common gout symptom. A patent was filed for the protein with the company starting the drug’s production. The FDA is currently in the process of providing approval for clinical trials.

Gout is a difficult condition to deal with. If you have gout, see podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginariocan 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 affects the foot, especially the big toe, 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.

The main reason get gout is because of a poor diet. Foods rich in purines like turkey, red meats, and liver can affect the body’s ability to excrete uric acid, which in turn leads to hyperuricema, the blood condition that causes gout to develop. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have as much as a one in five 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. In particular, low-fat dairy products, fruits high in vitamin C, and coffee are all foods that are known for their ability to help people recover from gout.

For more information about Gout in the feet and lower extremities, please follow the link below.

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

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 00:00

Broken Toe Benches Major Player

broken-toeJenna O’Hea is a major player on the Seattle Storm roster. Unfortunately for the 6’1 Australian guard, O’Hea suffered a broken toe that might affect the rest of her season. O’Hea will be out of the game and on the bench for the next four to six weeks as a result of her injury.

Fortunately, the Storm must still go on. The team is slated to take on New York, Atlanta and Tulsa, showing that they will keep the spirit going. As for O’Hea, she averages in about 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds, so that makes her absence quite the loss for the team. Hopefully the Seattle Storm will still bring their best and be able to accrue the wins they need to climb to the top.

Broken toes can be incredibly painful. If you injured or fractured your toe, see podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginariocan treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • inability to move the toe with ease.
  • crooked or disfigured appearance
  • tingling or numbness in the toe
  • fever or chills throughout their body

It is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated on pillows. Alleviate swelling by placing an ice pack on the broken toe for 15 minutes every two hours then taping the two toes together with medical tape. 

For more information on broken toe please follow link below.

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

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:00

Summer Season Risks Athletes Foot

recreational-water-illnessesThe Center of Disease Control and Prevention label recreational water illnesses as potential health risks for the summer. Since many summer activities involve water, contaminated water is a huge risk for many people. Pathogens are easily contracted in public waters such as lakes or spas via contact with the skin or accidental ingestion.

In particular, the feet risk developing athlete’s foot. The athlete’s foot fungus often can be found in public showers that don’t have adequate drainage. To prevent athlete’s foot, it is suggested to keep feet as dry as possible.

Athlete’s foot can be troublesome. If you have athletes foot, see podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginariocan help you with all of your podiatric needs.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a very contagious form of fungus, which can infect persons usually resulting in itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet. Treatment is often difficult, because of its contagious and reoccurring nature. Tinea pedis is the fungus which causes athletes foot, and is found to survive in moist humid areas.

Common places found:

-shower floors            
-public changing areas-locker rooms
-gyms                        
-bathrooms                             
-public swimming pools
-socks and shoes        
-dormitory style houses                      

What is Tinea Pedi?

Is the same fungus which causes ringworm, and is known to be spread by direct contact of the infected body part. Or infection can spread by touching other objects and body parts which have been exposed to the fungus. Tinea Pedi is mostly found on the feet, because it is the ideal place for it to thrive on.

Treatment & Prevention

Because of its reoccurring nature of tinea fungus and athletes foot, the best way to treat this condition is with prevention. By taking the necessary precautions such as:

-Wear flips-flops or sandals in locker rooms and public showers.
-Use powders t keep your feet dry
-Keep your feet exposed to light and cool air
-Treating athletes foot with special creams/sprays

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

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Kevin Youkilis is an American baseball player who went international as he was to play with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. However, after struggling with chronic plantar fasciitis, Youkilis had to cut his time short and make an early leave. Youkilis was signed a deal to play a full season, but as the pain and symptoms progressed Youkilis decided to focus on treating his condition rather than enduring it.

 "It was definitely a unique experience," Youkilis said when it comes to his short Japanese career. "It was fun being in a different culture, learning a new language.” Youkilis returned to the U.S.A to make a guest appearance for the Red Sox’s 2004 anniversary celebration in Fenway Park. 

Plantar fasciitis can end an athletic career early if left untreated. If you have pain in  your heels, visit podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginariocan treat your heel pain and see if you have plantar fasciitis.  

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

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

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kris-letangPittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang suffered an end to a rather difficult season after sustaining a broken foot. TVA Sports Renaud Lavoie tweeted: ‘Kris Letang suffered a broken foot (game 6) and a broken hand (game 7) vs Rangers. Can't workout for the next 4 weeks.’

Letang appeared in only 37 games after suffering from a stroke. The 27 year old managed to return for the playoffs but now has to contend with both a broken hand and broken foot. This injury has placed a huge dent on the Penguins’ roster.

A broken foot can be very painful. If you or a loved one suffered a foot or ankle injury, see podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginario can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

To learn more about broken foot and its treatment, please follow link below.

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

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