Southern Oregon Podiatrists Answer Your Top Questions About Foot and Ankle Pain
Stop questioning your foot and ankle pain. Start getting answers! Read our FAQ articles for tips from our Southern Oregon podiatrists to help you feel better and get healthy.
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Is it okay to exercise with arthritis?
It is not only okay to exercise with arthritis – exercises will likely be a part of your treatment plan! The right exercises can improve range of motion, increase flexibility, and strengthen muscles that support arthritic joints. Additionally, being able to shed pounds and maintain a healthy bodyweight will reduce the amount of stress and force endured by arthritic foot and ankle joints.
Of course, it is important on understand how to use exercise to improve an arthritic condition. Knowing which exercises work best and making sure you do not attempt to do too much is important. For this reason, come in and see our professionals and we can create an exercise plan that works for you and your schedule.
For more information on the additional components of arthritic care, or to set up a visit with Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, simply give us a call at (541) 776-3338. You can also request an appointment for our Medford, OR office online right now.
What is the best diet to prevent gout attacks?
What you eat and drink affects the levels of uric acid in your blood, which contributes to gout. By avoiding foods that are high in purines, which break down into uric acids when you digest them, you can help control and prevent gout attacks. Limit your meat consumption—especially red meat, but also poultry and seafood. Cut down or eliminate your alcohol intake. Reduce your saturated fat and added sugars intake as well. Instead, eat bigger servings of fruits and vegetables and stick to whole grains. Low-fat dairy products are also good for you. Make sure to drink plenty of water every day to dilute the uric acid in your blood as well.
If you’re struggling with painful gout attacks, don’t just suffer through and hope the next one doesn’t come too quickly. Seek help to relieve your discomfort and manage your condition before it causes worse damage. Contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. for an appointment or more information by visiting the online contact page or by calling our Medford office at (541) 776-3338.
How does my diet affect osteoporosis?
Nutrition has a significant impact on the effects of osteoporosis. Eating the right foods can help you build a stronger skeleton, while the wrong ones can break down your bone tissue. Your body needs regular calcium, vitamin D, and protein to be able to build and maintain strong bones. Dairy products, fatty fish and eggs, and various lean meats provide these nutrients. You also need a variety of other miscellaneous vitamins and minerals found in fresh fruits and vegetables.
High-sodium levels, however, stimulate your body to get rid of the calcium it would otherwise use to build up and repair bones. If you already have osteoporosis, you need to avoid products with naturally high or added salt content. If you’re concerned about your bone health, or need help establishing good nutrition habits, contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. here in Medford, OR, for more information or an appointment. You can reach our office by filling out the online contact form or by calling (541) 776-3338.
What can I do to relieve arthritis pain?
Discomfort from arthritis in your feet can be debilitating, but it doesn’t have to control your life. Taking care of your lower limbs can help relieve some pain symptoms. Wear properly supportive shoes or orthotics that stabilize and cushion high pressure areas. Consider getting a foot massage to relax the muscles and connecting tissues. Exercise and stretch your feet regularly to help build up their strength and maintain their flexibility. They don’t have to be complicated movements—something as simple as stretching your calves, wiggling your toes, and pointing and flexing your feet affect the important but hard to reach muscles.
You will also want to have the arthritis examined every year to check for changes and discuss management options with Dr. Evan Merrill. If your pain is persistent, various anti-inflammatory pain killers, or even topical medications, can be prescribed. Whatever you use for pain relief, don’t ignore the problem and allow the irritation to get out of control and warp your joints. Instead, contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. for an appointment or more information by calling (541) 776-3338 or visiting the online contact page.
How does arthritis affect my feet?
There are different forms of this disease. Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints due to normal wear and tear, but it can also present itself as an autoimmune response that attacks the synovium, a thin membrane that lines the joints. Since this condition targets the joints, it is commonly found in the feet and ankles. There a variety of symptoms.
Some effects on the joint include:
- Continuous pain or tenderness
- Degradation of cartilage
- Formation of corns, bunions, lumps, or rashes
- Limited range of motion (especially in the morning)
- Swelling of one or more joints
In regard to the symptoms above, many patients experience a change in their normal gait. If the hind foot is affected by arthritis, the bones of the foot may become misaligned and can lead to flat feet. This condition is also associated with pain and difficulty when walking.
Not all forms of arthritis are preventable, and in some cases the effects are irreversible. Getting early treatment for arthritic conditions is vital to effective treatment. Schedule an appointment online with Dr. Evan Merrill or contact our Medford office at (541) 776-3338.