Posts for tag: Immune System
Foot infections are something that everyone has to be concerned about because no matter how clean you keep them, they are regularly in contact with bacteria that can produce infections in the feet and lead to a wide variety of nasty complications. The immune systems of most people can help prevent these bacteria from becoming a problem because they are strong enough to defend the body against vulnerability. There are however those who cannot fight against these types of bacteria due to an injury or a break in the skin that allows fungus to creep in. It’s difficult for doctors to treat foot infections due to complications. Treatment for foot infections is constantly changing due to new discoveries in the medical community. There are foot infections that have a simple treatment plan and those that are much more complex. Foot infections are typically categorized as diabetic infections, soft-tissue foot infections and infections in the bone of the foot.
Soft-tissue infections are most common of infections of the foot and target the skin, ligaments, tendons, and joints of the foot. There are many causes for this type of infection and the resulting seriousness of them can range from moderate to severe. Infectious bacteria or severe trauma can lead to this type of infection. If you happen to be diagnosed with an infection in your foot, you will generally be placed on an antibiotic and need to continually check the infected area of the foot to make sure it is kept clean. A troubling trend recently is that a great amount of bacteria causing foot infections are developing resistance to a wide amount of antibiotics. Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help treat a wide array of foot infections and run tests to determine if antibiotics are needed. You can visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Contact us today and make a fresh start in fighting off your foot infection with the very best care.
Cryotherapy is emerging as a possible therapy solution for those who have health problems. Although cryotherapy is used by doctors today to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and speed up recovery time for injuries, cryotherapy is not a common practice and requires more studies behind its effects. The new treatment employs sub-freezing temperatures, which patients expose themselves to while naked. The cold is said to help improve health conditions by stimulating the functions that regulate the body. Patients who participated in cryotherapy sessions submerge their bodies for 2-3 minutes, which leads to the skin’s temperature dropping by 30 to 50 degrees.
Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
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. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.
Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet
Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.
- Swelling and pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of the feet
- Joint shift and deformation
Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment options available to you.
If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.