Does Red Wine Cause Gout? Find Out What Research Says

Posted by on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis, affecting more than 8 million Americans each year. Primary symptoms include debilitating pain, reddening, and swelling of the joints—particularly the big toes. One sufferer said it felt like his right big toe “was being skewered by a pitchfork”—shiny, bright red, and “agonizing to touch.”

The ankles, knees, hands, wrists, elbows, and feet may also exhibit painful inflammation. This reaction occurs when there is too much uric acid in the body. The body produces uric acid to break down purines found in all food. If the kidneys do not process uric acid effectively, purine forms crystals in the joints. An acute gout attack can last anywhere from three to 10 days if untreated.

No one really knows what causes the kidneys to have difficulty processing uric acid, but we find that many of our patients are asking: Does red wine cause gout?

does red wine cause gout
No one really knows what causes the kidneys to have difficulty processing uric acid, but we find that many of our patients are asking: Does red wine cause gout? [Image Source: Unpslash user Terry Vlisidis]

Recovery Time After Hallux Rigidus Surgery May Be Shorter Than You Think

Posted by on Friday, July 13th, 2018

Hallux rigidus is a form of degenerative arthritis, which can cause pain and stiffness in the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. The MTP joint is where your big toe—the hallux—joins your foot. Hallux rigidus is the second most common disorder of the big toe.

When you have moderate-to-severe hallux rigidus, you’re faced with two surgical options: to fuse the problematic bones together or to replace the joint entirely. The end goal for either surgery is to reduce pain and restore function. If you’re an athlete, the latter is of utmost concern. If you’re wondering about the recovery time after hallux rigidus surgery, a study published in the journal International Orthopaedics identifies what can be expected. NYC foot surgeon Dr. Josef Geldwert, DPM discusses the results of the study, as it pertains to his foot surgery patients.

recovery time after hallux rigidus surgery
Hallux rigidus often leads to surgery like a big toe joint replacement. [Image Source: Unsplash user Markus Spiske]

Podiatrists Offer Advice on Cortisone Flare Treatment in NYC

Posted by on Monday, June 18th, 2018

Cortisone injections are a common treatment used in podiatric medicine to calm acute pain, swelling, and inflammation. We may recommend a short-term course of injection therapy if you’re suffering from arthritis, bursitis, gout, hammer toe, Morton’s neuroma, neuritis, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, or turf toe. Potential side effects from steroid injections are rarely serious, but one in particular—steroid flares—can be particularly troublesome for patients. Podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine discuss cortisone flare treatment in NYC.

cortisone flare treatment in NYC
Cortisone flares cause tremendous pain for some patients undergoing cortisone therapy. NYC podiatrists discuss what you can do about it. (Image Source: YouTube.com)

NYC Podiatrists Discuss the Best Osteoarthritis Treatment Options for Feet

Posted by on Friday, June 15th, 2018

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting some 31 million Americans. You’re more likely to develop loss of joint cartilage if you are older, obese, diabetic, or suffering from heart disease, but some younger, relatively healthy people develop this type of degenerative arthritis following traumatic injury. Flat feet and high arches are believed to place excessive strain on the joints in some cases. The big toe, midfoot, and ankle are the most common sites of osteoarthritis pain, though it can appear at joints in the hands, spine, hips, and knees as well. For advanced conditions that cannot be managed conservatively, NYC foot surgeons decide between hemiarthroplasty and arthrodesis. A study published last month in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery explored the long-term difference between the two procedures.

osteoarthritis treatment options
The big toe, midfoot, and ankle are the most common sites of osteoarthritis pain. [Image Source: Unsplash user Paul Tyreman]

I’m Experiencing Pain in My Foot. Do I Have Reactive Arthritis?

Posted by on Monday, May 14th, 2018

Wondering what’s causing the pain and stiffness in your knees, ankles, and feet? Maybe you have conjunctivitis in the eyes, increased frequency and discomfort with urination, inflammation of soft tissues, swollen toes or fingers, rashes on the soles and palms, mouth sores, and back pain that worsens at night and first thing in the morning. You were treated for a bacterial infection within the last four weeks, but you thought that was clearing up. If this sounds like what you’re experiencing, you may be asking yourself: “Do I have reactive arthritis (also called Reiter’s Syndrome)?”

do i have reactive arthritis
If you’ve recently suffered from foot pain and a bacterial infection, you may have reactive arthritis. [Image Source: Unsplash user Lindsay Henwood]

White Plains Podiatrists Discuss 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Arthritis in Feet

Posted by on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Arthritis is defined as an inflammation of the joints, causing pain and stiffness. The small joints of the foot and ankle are especially susceptible. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that nearly half of all people over 60 years old will suffer some form of arthritis in their feet, but it can also strike patients much younger if they’ve suffered a traumatic injury, compete at a high level in sports, or have a family history of the disease. The White Plains podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are adept at treating arthritis in feet.

arthritis in feet
Most arthritis sufferers experience pain in the foot. [Image Source: Unsplash user Elena Saharova]

Healthy Diet, Strong Bones: How to Prevent Stress Fractures From Reoccurring

Posted by on Monday, April 9th, 2018

The bone in our bodies is a specialized form of connective tissue comprised of 60% mineral (mainly calcium hydroxyapatite), 35% organic material (mostly collagen), and 5% water. Like any other tissue in the body, bone responds to stress caused by weight-bearing activity. Bone remodels in response to mechanical stress, depending on the load, cycle frequency, and the amount of strain. When collagen molecules are compressed, the strain causes microscopic cracks known as stress fractures, which can be a precursor to full fractures. The muscles are a helpful ally in protecting the bone, as they absorb some of the shock that would otherwise be taken up by the bone. Therefore, a muscle-strengthening program is often part of successful stress fracture prevention and a recovery routine.

The development of a stress fracture is complex. We must take into consideration intrinsic factors like sex, race, age, bone geometry, leg length, and foot structure, as well as extrinsic factors like shoe type, training surfaces, regimen, muscle strength, medications, and smoking. We cannot overlook the importance of a healthy diet in protecting against stress fractures or in expediting bone healing.

How To Prevent Stress Fractures From Reoccurring
Eating for bone health is one of the easiest ways to facilitate stress fracture recovery and prevent stress fractures in the first place. [Image Source: Flickr user USDA Photo by Lance Cheung]

A Guide to the New Cartiva Toe Implants Available in NYC

Posted by on Monday, January 22nd, 2018

The field of podiatry is constantly advancing, with new and innovative solutions born to improve upon previous work. In this spirit of embracing the best cutting-edge options available, our board-certified NYC foot surgeons are now some of the first in the state and region to offer the new Cartiva toe implant. Our surgeons underwent extensive training modules and recently performed our seventh successful surgery with excellent results, particularly for treating arthritis. Many new patients are walking into our office asking about the Cartiva implant after downloading the brochure from their website, so we expect these surgeries to increase going into 2018. This is an exciting new treatment for people with arthritis, big toe pain, cartilage damage, deformity, and limited mobility.

Cartiva toe implant surgery
The Cartiva toe implant is an innovative option for patients with arthritis or similar conditions. Image Source: Cartiva.net.

White Plains Foot Doctors List Seven Things You Can Do To Prevent Foot Arthritis

Posted by on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

More than 50 million Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. There are over 100 types of arthritis, but the most common type is osteoarthritis, a degeneration of cartilage that affects 31 million U.S. men and women. Another common type is rheumatoid arthritis, which occurs when the immune system attacks healthy cartilage. By the time people reach their 60’s and 70’s, nearly 50% will have arthritis of the feet. For some people, arthritis is asymptomatic, but you are twice as likely to suffer foot pain if you have arthritis.

So what can you do to prevent this fate? To some extent, arthritis is genetic, but White Plains foot doctors say there are at least seven steps you can take today to stay mobile well into old age.

Cycling is a great exercise to help prevent arthritis.
Cycling is a great exercise to help prevent arthritis. Image Source: Wikimedia user Pimlottc.

Newly Approved Synthetic Cartilage Works Wonders For Toe Osteoarthritis

Posted by on Monday, March 6th, 2017

Osteoarthritis (OA) affects roughly 27 million Americans. Not surprisingly, the foot is one of the most common areas affected by joint cartilage degradation that can result from OA. OA is not merely a matter of “inevitable wear and tear” as we age; rather, it’s a disease process that is a result of many factors such as genetics, excess weight, tendon and ligament injuries, and the presence of other disorders such as acromegaly (a condition involving abnormal growth of the hands and feet) or hemochromatosis (a condition involving joint damage from excess iron.)

As osteoarthritis worsens over time, the bones can break down, causing chips (called “bone spurs”) that float around inside the joint. In response, inflammation occurs, prompting the accumulation of proteins and enzymes that further erode the cartilage. In the final stages of OA, there is no soft tissue remaining in the joint — just bone rubbing up against bone, which accelerates joint damage and causes excruciating pain.

The NYC foot surgeons at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are excited about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a new synthetic cartilage that can be used in the treatment of osteoarthritis involving the foot and toe, offering these patients a pain-free step forward for the first time in years.

This may look like a mini marshmallow, but it’s actually a new toe implant used to treat Osteoarthritis! (Image Source: MedCityNews.com)
This may look like a mini marshmallow, but it’s actually a new toe implant used to treat osteoarthritis! (Image Source: MedCityNews.com)