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Gout’ta Here: Dealing with the Gout Pain in your Shoe

Posted on: October 24th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Do you know what the farthest body part away from your heart is? Amazingly, it’s your right big toe.  The knuckle part of your big right toe may be an issue for you down the road, but not limited to other joints like feet, ankles, knees, hands, wrists, elbows and sometimes soft tissues and tendons.  Gout pain is like an inflammatory arthritis, but causes sudden pain, swelling and tenderness with the pain never seeming to go away.  LA Medical would like to explain more in depth about how you can deal with gout pain and the pain in your shoe.

Gout

Gout can become chronic and can affect the same area over and over again.  Gout, over time has been known as the “Disease of the Rich.” Years ago, the wealthy had access to wine and spirits that had been barreled which included lead.  When you consume any form of lead, your kidneys produce large amounts of uric acid, which finds a home in your joints. While in your joints, gout creates crystal-like needles that inflame the joint.

Make sure to watch your diet while dealing with gout.  Smoking potent cigars, eating rich steaks and drinking higher quality alcoholic beverages will not help your body fight off the uric acid, but sometimes create more, which will cause more gout pain.

Although gout doesn’t have a cure, it is the most treatable form of arthritis and pain. The easiest way to remove those “needles” is to see your doctor to remove access uric acid.  Pain medicine may help take the edge off, but it will still hurt to walk because of the swelling.  After you and your doctor come up with a treatment plan, it may take some time from a couple hours to a couple days for gout to disappear; but it may come back.

LA Medical hopes you’ll watch your diet as well as your feet to see if you have gout.  Check out our supply of daily living aids and homecare beds.

A Joint Partnership: The Basics of Joint health

Posted on: October 22nd, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Almost 50 percent of the American adult population is affected by musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions.  Joint health is just as important as bone health; they allow us to move instead of being stiff and uncomfortable. LA Medical wants you to know how you and your joints work together, and where your most common joinJoint Healthts are located.

Joint health helps our bodies to move, open doors, bend down, stretch and look around. Your joints are held together by connective tissues like ligaments and cartilage.  There are three types of joints that connect bones together:

  • Fibrous joints connect bones without allowing movement.  Fibrous joints hold the bones of our skull and pelvis.
  • Cartilaginous joints connect bones by cartilage and only allow for a little movement, like your spine or ribs.
  • Synovial joints allow for more movement than cartilage joints.  A bursa sac contains synovial fluid to lubricate and protect the bones and joints that move the most, like your knees, elbows and wrists. If you crack your knuckles, the snap is the bursa sac releasing the fluid.

There are actually different types of joints that help our bodies move, exercise or even just sit around:

  • Hinge joints allow extension and retraction of an appendage, like your knee.
  • Saddle joints allow movement back and forth and up and down, but doesn’t allow for rotation, like your knuckles in your hands.
  • Ball and socket joints work the best in your hips or shoulders and allows for radial movement.
  • Ellipsoid joints are similar to ball and sockets, but allow for less movement, like your wrist.
  • Pivot joints allow rotation around an axis, like your neck.
  • Gliding joints let bones slide by each other, like your ankles and feet.

LA Medical hopes you keep your joints moving and healthy by eating healthy, exercising regularly and avoiding overworking yourself.  Asking for help may reduce your risk of an injury or getting arthritis later down the road. If you want to keep your joints moving, consider looking at LA Medical heating pads and orthopedic braces.