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Monday, November 30, 2015

BIG Toe pain after Thanksgiving feast

You just may have the GOUT.   What is Gout aka Podagra?    Formerly known as the rich man's disease.   Ben Franklin had it, Kings of England had it.    It is typically an overconsumption of "rich" foods such as red meat, turkey, shellfish, and red wine.    Any overload of protein from any source can bring this about.    

Presentation:
inflammation of the big toe or ankle joint with extreme pain and occurs all of a sudden after a heavy protein meal such as thanksgiving.


Can be confused with:
Cellulitis or an infection, they look the same upon presentation and can be confusing. Sometimes, a physician will give medication for both.


How is it diagnosed?
Blood uric acid levels are inaccurate for acute or immediate attacks.
Joint fluid aspiration aka obtaining fluid from the offending joint via a needle will yield the most accurate diagnosis.

How is it treated?
Cortisone injection
NSAIDS
Fluids
Sometimes medication to control the uric acid
Gout vitamins such as GOUTTROL with natural ingredients to help aid in the inflammation control .

See your podiatrist for this for immediate care and relief.



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2015 Year End Deductibles


It’s hard to believe, but 2015 is almost over! Our end of the year appointments are filling up quickly and we at Family Foot & Leg Center would like to remind our patients that now is a great time to think about the health of your feet. If you have met your deductible, now is the time to schedule your appointment and take action towards a healthy pain free life. Your insurance may cover orthotics, , surgery, and more! Take advantage of your insurance plan by calling our office today to schedule your appointment with one of our doctors before it’s too late. If you are unsure if you have met your deductible, we recommend you contact your insurance provider to determine your remaining allowance for this year. We thank you for your patronage in the past and look forward to continuing to provide you with exceptional foot care in 2016!

Health insurance deductibles are your out pocket expenses that must be met before your insurance company starts to pay.  Therefore, if you have had other procedures done this year or your family members on the insurance plan has had some procedures, your deductibles may be met.  
Deductibles have been on the rise year over year, you should check with your insurance company about such.


 Call our office today at 239-430-3668(FOOT) and we will be sure to schedule your next appointment promptly.