Natural Remedies to Reduce the Pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that causes pain, swelling, and joint stiffness in the feet. Unfortunately there is no cure for arthritis, but there are many natural remedies available to ease or reduce the symptoms. Tai Chi and meditation can help reduce stress which can then aid in reducing arthritic flare ups. The two activities can also help individuals with the disorder how to manage the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil and peppermint oil can be used to sooth and heal the joints. Going outside in sunlight for fifteen minutes a day or taking a Vitamin D supplement has been known to reduce chronic bone pain caused by arthritis. Turmeric, ginger, and pineapples can be used to reduce the swelling of the joints. Chronic flare up sufferers should avoid consuming fried foods, alcohol, and heavily processed foods since they contain chemicals that can create inflammation.

Characterized by stiffness and lack of mobility, Rheumatoid Arthritis is a painful condition that needs medical attention.  For treatment options, see Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can take care of any foot conditions and determine a treatment plan that is right for you.

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. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.


Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet
Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms
- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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Spring Season Allows Many to Head Outdoors but also Suffer Foot Injuries

running-injuriesDoctors have witnessed an increased prevalence of shin splints in the springtime.  People tend to be more inactive through the cold winter months, and once the warm weather allows for a return to outdoor exercise muscles and tendons in the lower legs are often forced into overdrive too quickly.  To prevent aggravating these muscles and produce a painful inflammation of the shin, it is necessary to slowly bring the body back into a routine of frequent physical activity. 

 “When the weather starts to get nice, people get excited and start running again, and they just haven't been doing it for a while,” said Dr. Silvis, a sports medicine physician at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Running injuries require rest and proper attention to prevent further damage. If you are suffering from an exercise induced injury, see podiatrist Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, DPM, PC, of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will provide proper care for your podiatric needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.

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MLB Player Puts Orthotics on Wrong, Aggravates Foot Injury

david-rossDavid Ross  of the Boston Red Sox was unable to participate in the training game against Tampa Bay over the mistake of wearing both his orthotics and insoles at the same time. According to Ross, the combination caused Ross’ tendon injury to become aggravated. “It was bothering me in the offseason,” he said. “It’s one of those things where I can run straight, but I can’t really turn really good. The ligament in there has been kind of aggravated.” Fortunately, an MRI showed that Ross’s tendon did not sustain any further damage. Coaches expect Ross to be back on the field in no time.

Orthotics are prescribed for those with foot and ankle conditions and injuries. If you are in need of foot or ankle orthotics, see podiatrist Dr. Bruce Greenfield of Greenfield Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can determine the right orthotic for you.     

What is Ankle Foot Orthotics?

Foot orthotics are physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics are known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.

Why might you need orthotics?

Orthotics are often prescribed when someone is suffering from diseases that affect the musculature, like polio and multiple sclerosis. However, more common conditions like arthritis and stroke, or those that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.
Modern orthotics have improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics are made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support. Often the orthotic is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.

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Getting Proper Footwear Can Prevent a Lot of Foot Damage

proper-shoe-size2The Institute for Preventive Foot Health states that a large number of people suffer from foot pain and injuries, and the root of many of these issues can be traced back to wearing the wrong type of shoe. According to Cami Marshall of WEMY News 2, shoes that are too flat and don’t have adequate cushioning or support can lead to foot damage.

High heels are also dangerous, as they can cause trigger tendon problems and plantar fasciitis. Marshall recommends shoes with lower heels and adequate support to prevent injuries. Above all, she says the most frequent cause of foot injuries is wearing shoes that are too big or small.

Getting the right shoe size is an important step in insuring good foot health. For advice on what kind of footwear is best for you, talk to podiatrist Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield DPM of Greenfield Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will show you how to measure your feet and make sure you are wearing shoes that fit.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

Shopping online for shoes can be very tricky and time consuming, especially since you cannot try on the shoe or see how it fits or how it feels. Also, buying a shoe online then getting it in the mail only to find out that it was the wrong shoe can be frustrating.

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Runner Forced to Retire Due to Aging Body

Running Shoes70 year old runner Bill Fornoff  made his official retirement from running. Fornoff, who has enjoyed running for 37 years, has notably competed in 76 marathons and 56 ultramarathons.

Unfortunately, Fornoff will require surgery. This surgery has forced Fornoff to accept that he can no longer partake in his pastime like he did during his younger years.
“I understand that’s the end of running,” he said. “But it’s time to do it.” Fornoff made his announcement on Thanksgiving Day of this year.

Keeping the feet healthy is vital for those in their older years. If you want to maintain good foot health, contact podiatrist Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield DPM of Greenfield Podiatry.

Gerontology and Foot Care
Helping Elderly Patients Take Care of Their Feet


While people of all ages should be aware of potential foot problems, it is especially true for the aging and elderly populations. Medical conditions and physical limitations that develop slowly as we age may prevent people from being able to monitor their foot health. This can be due to poor eyesight, and not being able to see or detect developing situations. Neuropathy can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide a variety of potentially life-threatening medical conditions. Reduced flexibility may prevent proper toenail trimming and foot cleansing, and may lead to some of the following medical problems.

What Can Cause Foot Sores?

-Caused by wearing shoes that do not fit well.
-Injuries that have gone unnoticed, or sustaining open cuts and bruises.
-Pressure on the foot which can lead to sores, or standing for too long.
-Insect or pet bites that can become inflamed or infected.

Why it is important to take care of your feet

-Diabetes, poor circulation and various neurological diseases and general loss of sensitivity over the years can turn a simple cut or injury into potential cause for hospitalization.

-Feet are susceptible to infection due to contact with surfaces that are filled with bacteria

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