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Posts for: November, 2012

Fall and winter is perhaps the best time to get your feet back in shape. During the spring and summer we put our feet through the ringer with flip-flops, sandals, and going barefoot. By the end of summer, our feet are callused, corned, cracked, and looking pretty ugly! Taking care of our feet through the winter will ensure we have beautiful and soft feet that are sandal 

ready. Fortunately, there are many over the counter products that can help you get your feet back to gorgeous.

Got calluses or rough spots?

Regular use of a pumice stone or foot file on damp heels and calluses will keep your feet looking good in open-backed shoes. Soak your feet in water or a foot bath for 10 to 15 minutes to help soften up the skin. Then gently remove the thickened skin with a pumice stone. You may want to add black tea to the bath, as tea is a natural antibacterial agent that may reduce the chance of getting athlete's foot.

Moisturizing foot scrubs made from botanicals such as crushed fruit pits, sugar, or chemical exfoliates also help remove dead skin. After you scrub apply a rich foot lotion containing shea butter or cocoa butter. Look for balms or heel creams containing salicylic acid or urea to soften tough calluses.

Got cracked heels or feet?

If your heels become extremely dry and cracked, see a podiatrist for a prescription treatment, as these are more than just cracks, they are heel fissures. If they aren't that bad, there are plenty of moisturizing products for you to choose from. First, you should pick up some medicated heel pads to soften your calluses while you walk. After you've exfoliated the calluses (or followed the ideas above) use a heavy cream to moisturize tough skin on your heel. Look for creams containing petrolatum, an emollient, or a humectant such as lactic acid, which draws moisture into the skin.

Got a fungus?

This is something that cannot be effectivly treated at home with over the counter remedies. Fungus goes deep into the skin and those products only touch the very top layers. It's like just coloring the tips of your hair and leaving the rest of it uncolored- you want the whole head of hair colored, right? Well, you want to go down and kill the fungus from the roots of where it starts.

Whether it's athlete's foot or toenail fungus, we can treat your fungus with prescription products that will work. Remember- fungus will take a while to go away, so keep at the treatments prescribed. Many patients do a few weeks of the treatment and then give up.

Got a sunburn?

Remember to always put a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 or higher everywhere on your body, including your feet. Skin cancer does occur on our feet.

Got foot pain?

Try inserting an orthotic or insole in your shoes to relieve the pain. If the pain isn't corrected with over the counter insoles, call a podiatrist who may dispense an in-office orthotic or may fit you for a custom orthotic.

Got toenail problems?

Our toenails, like our fingernails, can be an expression of our personalities. But sometimes our toenails get away from us and start to look shabby. The leading cause of hangnails and ingrown toenails is improper nail cutting. You should always follow the curve of the nail when cutting your toenails, and for your cuticles, push them back, never cut them. If you're finding your toenails are becoming brittle, some nail polishes and polish removers will dry out our nails. Use a nail polish that is free of formaldehyde, toulene, and dibutyl phthalate. To moisturize your nail, put a cuticle cream, petroleum jelly, or vitamin E oil on the entire nail.

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By CT Foot Care Podiatrists
November 26, 2012
Category: Gout

Got lead in your house? Here's another reason to remove lead from your home: adults with "safe" blood levels of lead have an increased incidence of gout and hyperuricema than adults with low blood levels of lead.

The new population study, after adjustments for population characteristics, people with the highest blood levels of lead had a threefold risk of gout compared to those with the lowest levels. "This study documents that low-level exposure to lead... as it occurs in the general population is associated with a significantly elevated presence of gout. These data suggest that there is no such thing as a 'safe' level of exposure to lead. Further refinement in national goals for prevention, detection, and removal of lead from the environment should be pursued," wrote study authors.

However, current standards for acceptable lead exposure do not reflect the actual threshold for harm. Authors cited recent studies showing the blood lead levels under a certain amount are associated with progression of chronic kidney disease and with cardiovascular mortality. The association between lead and gout and hyperuricema is a controversial issue for lower levels of lead exposure. Population based studies have had conflicting results.

Co-author Eswar Krishnan, MD, of Stanford University, and colleagues studied whether current accepted standards for lead exposure have an association with gout. Mercury and cadmium were also included in the study. Data for the study was taken from the 2005 to 2006 and the 2007 to 2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Researchers limited the study to adults 40 to 85 with information on serum creatinine, blood levels of heavy metals, and serum urate concentrations. Participants who had a history of renal problems or dialysis were excluded. The final number of participants was 6,153 with an even distribution between men and women.

Of the 6,153 participants, 290 had gout, 229 of the cases were men. The subgroup with gout was older and had kidney ailments.

Author of an accompanying editorial, Ashwini R. Seghal, MD, of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland said, "Lower thresholds for toxic lead levels are desirable and feasible. Lead and its myriad uses will remain an integral part of our external environment. However, both children and adults deserve an internal environment that is as unleaded as was our evolutionary past."

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Michigan starting running back Fitzgerald Toussaint underwent surgery on a gruesome ankle injury he sustained in Saturday's game against Iowa.

The redshirt junior suffered the injury on Michigan's first drive of the game on the tail end of 10-yard rush. Toussaint was tackled on a wide run to the right against Iowa and his left leg buckled as he was brought down. In the picture to the right, you can see Toussaint's ankle twisted in an unnatural way.

Toussaint was carted off the field immediately and his left leg was put in a temporary cast right away. He was taken to UM Medical Center for evaluation. ESPN's Michael Rothstein tweeted Monday that "Toussaint had surgery, went well. Hoke saw him yesterday. Expected out of hospital today. Full recovery."

Starting quarterback Devin Gardner said Toussaint's injury won't be a handicap in Saturday's game against Ohio State. "It has to stay the same. It has to be consistent. You know, this is Michigan. Toussaint went down, and we were really sad about that because he's our brother, but we have to keep moving."

Toussaint pleaded guilty to drunken driving in August and was suspended for the season opener against Alabama. He had a rough beginning to his 2012 season, but averaged more than five yards per carry in each of his last two starts. Toussaint had a highlight of his career in an overtime victory against Northwestern, a 28 yard touchdown catch. Entering Saturday's game, Toussaint carried the ball 127 times for 483 yards and five touchdowns. It is likely Toussaint will be back for next season.

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Foot and ankle problems in children often go unnoticed. Signs and symptoms can be subtle, and sometimes children can't children at the podiatristexplain what's wrong. But it's important to protect growing feet and have problems checked out early. If your child shows any of the following symptoms, make an appointment with our office for an examination:

  • Your child can't keep up with their peers. We've found that if a child lags behind in sports or backyard play, it may be because of tired feet or legs. Fatigue is common when children have flat feet. The muscles in the feet and legs tire easily because the feet are not functioning as well as they should. 
  • Children voluntarily withdraw from activities they usually enjoy. If they are reluctant to participate, it may be due to heel pain- a problem we often see in children between the ages of 8 and 14. Repetitive stress from sports may cause muscle strain and inflammation of the growth plate, a weak area at the back of a child's heel.
  • They don't want to show you their feet. Children may feel pain or notice a change in the appearance of feet and nails but don't tell their parents because they fear a trip to the doctor's office. Make it a habit to inspect your child's feet starting at a young age. Any changes, such as calluses, growths, skin discoloration, or redness and swelling around the toenails warrants a visit to the podiatrist's office. 
  • Your child often trips and falls. Repeated clumsiness may be a sign of in-toeing, balance problems, or neurological conditions. We can evaluate your child's feet and legs to help determine the cause of the problem. 
  • Your child complains of pain. Remember, it is never normal for a child to have foot pain. Injuries may seem minor, but if pain or swelling lasts more than a few days, have your child's foot examined. 

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Dallas Cowboys inside linebacker Sean Lee is the latest this season to be placed on the injured reserve list with the foot injury.

Lee suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Cowboys' 19-14 win over Carolina. A second MRI revealed significant damage in his big right toe. He has the most severe case of turf toe with a complete tear. He underwent surgery to correct the damage and is expected to be sidelined for three to four months, ready for offseason practices in February. 

The defensive co-captain was replaced by veteran linebacker Ernie Sims. Sims, 27, played in 13 games last year with Indianapolis with four starts and totaled 32 tackles. Running back Felix Jones had similar surgery in 2008 and has been problem free. 

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was optimistic that his team can be a Super Bowl contender- but not this year, next year. He believes Lee to be irreplaceable. 

"That's a setback. The old adage that it gives someone else a chance to show what they've got doesn't necessarily apply here because he's a proven difference-maker out there," said Jones. 

"I've said all along I think this team has an opportunity to be a contender, but the one exception that I made was... sitting as we're sitting right now health-wise, injury can make a difference and does in the NFL," said Jones. The Cowboys have also been dealing with the foot injury of running back DeMarco Murray. 

Lee has had a difficult time staying healthy in his career. His 2011 season was cut short by a dislocated left wrist, and missed part of the 2010 season with a hamstring injury. Before his injury, he was leading the Cowboys in tackles with 77 in the first six games, two for loss, eight quarterback pressures, one interception, two pass deflections, and a forced fumble. 

He's trying to remain positive though. "You have to be positive because if you're negative you're not going to get any better. As frustrating as it is, there's no getting around it."

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