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Posts for: October, 2015
What is Arthritis and what causes it?
Arthritis is the inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints, generally accompanied by an increase in the fluid in the joints.
This can be a disabling and occasionally crippling disease. Arthritis can occur at any age but is most common in people over 50 years of age.
It may seem that the foot is more susceptible to Arthritis; this is because the foot has 33 joints that can become affected.
There are several causes of Arthritis besides heredity:
- Injury from sports or industrial work (mostly those that have been ignored)
- Bacterial and viral infections that strike the joints (pneumonia, staph infections, and lyme disease)
- Bowel disorders (colitis and ileitis) usually result in arthritic conditions in the joints of the ankles and toes
Arthritic feet can result in loss of mobility and independence, but early diagnosis and proper medical care can help significantly.
Many patients that seeDr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS have previously been told "there isn't anything that can be done for Arthritis in the foot or ankle." This is not true. Dr. Gale will be able to give you different options to help with your symptoms including: proper shoes, insoles, orthotics, ankle braces, or injections.
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When to Visit a Podiatrist for Psoriasis.
It is especially important to see a podiatrist for psoriasis if you notice it on your feet. Your feet may be reddened and itchy. Psoriasis can also mimic athlete’s foot or contact dermatitis. If your feet are dry and itchy and it is not relieved by any at home methods it is best to see Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS.
Dr. Gale will complete an exam of your feet and look at your medical history. He may also take a biopsy of the affected area to confirm that it is psoriasis.
If the psoriasis is mild, it can be treated by a topical cream that is applied directly to the affected area. More severe cases may need something that can treat the whole body. If it is a severe case you may need to work with more than one medical specialist to get it under control.
You cannot prevent psoriasis, but you can help control it. Stress management is very important. Dry air, alcohol, and sunlight can trigger psoriasis so it is important to control your exposure to these elements.
If your feet are dry and itching contact us today at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic to set up an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM,FACFAS
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Symptoms of Psoriasis and at Home Treatment.
Symptoms are usually the same with all people that are affected with Psoriasis. One symptom is thick, red skin that includes dry, white patches. The dry, white patches are called psoriatic plaques. Another symptom is the skin may feel itchy.
Psoriasis is most commonly found on the knees, elbows, and the bottoms of the feet. It can also affect joints, fingernails, and toenails.
To treat Psoriasis at home it is best to keep the skin well moisturized. This will help ease any discomfort from the itchy skin. Oatmeal baths can also help soothe the skin.
If you are experiencing itchy skin that has dry patches and you think it might be Psoriasis, Contact Us at Our Bismarck Office today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS will help you determine the best way to help treat your symptoms.
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