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23/May/2022

Winter is approaching, and with it, cold extremities. Most of us suffer from cold feet in the winter, and some of us hate winter because of it! However, you may stop blaming the winter and begin blaming Raynaud’s disease, since it may cause freezing feet!

Let’s find out more about this disease…

What is Raynaud’s disease?

Normally, our bodies respond to cold weather by constricting blood vessels to keep the body warm. Similarly, in response to high temperatures, it dilates the blood vessels, enabling blood to flow more easily to the skin and ridding it of heat.

Raynaud’s disease affects the blood circulation to certain regions of the body and appears as an excessive reaction to cold conditions, so the blood capillaries constrict more than usual to keep the body and internal organs warm, which results in reducing blood flow to extremities leading to turning cold feet blue and finally white.

Raynaud’s symptoms might persist from a few minutes to many hours.

Symptoms

  • Change in skin color
  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling feeling
  • Difficulty moving the affected area

Treatment

You can usually treat Raynaud’s disease by following a few tips, although sometimes medication may be necessary.

Tips for patients

  • Keeping the house warm
  • Wearing warm clothes in cold weather
  • Wear gloves and warm socks
  • Exercising regularly to improve blood circulation
  • Practicing yoga to help you relax
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet
  • stop smoking
  • Reduce drinks that contain a lot of caffeine, such as tea, coffee and cola

In case that you experience an attack and the symptoms arise, go to a warm room and move around and move your fingers and toes to increase blood flow. It can also help to put your hands under warm water, but pay attention to water temperature because numbness can make it difficult to assess water temperature.

Medication

Most often, your doctor will prescribe calcium channel blockers because they dilate blood vessels to increase blood flow and relieve symptoms. Depending on the pattern of symptoms and how well you respond to treatment, you may be asked to take the medication every day, or you may only need to take it during a sudden cold snap.

When do you consult a doctor?

  • If your symptoms are getting worse
  • Symptoms affecting your daily activities
  • Symptoms appear on only one side of the body
  • You suffer from joint pain, rash, or muscle weakness
  • Your symptoms first appeared after the age of thirty
  • If your child is younger than 12 and has symptoms of Raynaud’s disease

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23/May/2022

Diabetic neuropathy is the result of nerve damage caused by diabetes. Diabetes is also a major cause of neuropathy that affects half of all diabetics!

Diabetic neuropathy most commonly affects the nerves in the feet and hands. High blood glucose levels and level of lipids in the blood can lead to nerve damage over time. Most patients with diabetic neuropathy are unaware they have nerve damage until the doctor notice it during a regular examination or when complications arise.

Types of diabetic neuropathy

  • Peripheral neuropathy is the most common type and usually affects the feet and legs, but can also affect the arms.
  • Autonomic neuropathy damages the nerves that control your internal organs, causing problems with your blood pressure, digestive system, etc.
  • Focal neuropathies characterized by the injury of a single nerve, most commonly affecting the hand, head, trunk, or leg.
  • Proximal neuropathy is a rare type of nerve damage in the hip, buttock or thigh. The damage usually affects one side of the body.

Symptoms depend on the type of diabetic neuropathy you have.

Peripheral neuropathy

About one third to one half of diabetics have peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms vary from person to person! But the most common symptoms are numbness, tingling, and discomfort. Symptoms may develop on both feet at the same time.

Furthermore, almost half of the patients experience significant foot pain and increased sensitivity to pain! Neuropathic pain is frequently greater at night resulting in disrupting sleep patterns, and these symptoms can have a significant impact on health and wellness for the following reasons:

  • Weakness causes foot abnormalities such as hammer toes and bunions.
  • Damage to the foot may go unnoticed due to numbness.
  • They can all contribute to the formation of a foot ulcer.

Causes of diabetic neuropathy

High blood levels of glucose and lipids are one of the main causes of neuropathy. Studies have shown that controlling blood glucose level in people with type 1 diabetes can reduce neuropathy by 60%, while this percentage decreases in people with diabetes from Type 2, but controlling lipid levels may reduce the incidence of nerve damage in people with type 2 diabetes.

Diabetic neuropathy treatment

Unfortunately, damaged nerves cannot be repaired, but your doctor may prescribe pain relievers. However, the risk of further foot problems can also be minimized by:

  • Checking the feet regularly for any early signs such as cracks in the skin, signs of infection or deformity.
  • See a podiatrist as soon as you notice a problem, because treating foot ulcers early increases your chances of healing.
  • Maintaining healthy feet and nails
  • Choosing the right socks and shoes for your feet
  • Avoiding activities that may injure the feet
  • Ensuring that your shoes are free of stones, sticks and other foreign objects before wearing them

Prevention of diabetic neuropathy

  • Maintain the blood sugar levels within your target range
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. 
  • Quit smoking.
  • Maintaining blood pressure and blood lipids at a healthy level by changing the diet and adhering to the medications prescribed by the doctor.
  • Consult a podiatrist immediately when any symptoms appear such as pain, numbness or tingling in your hands or feet.
  • Examination of the feet at least once a year by a podiatrist at Health and Style Medical Center.

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23/May/2022

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the side of the foot at the big toe, which causes the big toe to point toward the rest of the toes. The only way to get rid of it is through surgery, however, there are certain things you can do to relieve any pain it may be causing.

When doing various tasks, the big toe joint bears and distributes weight, and a bunion in this crucial location can severely affect the operation of the foot, as well as cause harm to the other toes! Calluses might also occur on the bottom of the foot.

Symptoms

  • The appearance of a bump on the outside of the big toe
  • Swelling or redness around the joint
  • Persistent pain or intermittent pain
  • Decreased movement of the big toe

Causes

The causes are not yet clear, but several factors may increase the rate of its formation, such as:

  • Inherited
  • Foot stress
  • Foot deformities such as flat feet

Risk factors

Bunions are more common among those who work in jobs that require standing and walking for long periods, such as teaching and nursing. The same applies to ballerinas because their feet suffer from severe repetitive stress. Due to hormonal changes that loosen the ligaments and flatten the feet, women might develop foot issues like bunions during pregnancy.

Many theories suggest that shoes may cause bunions, especially narrow or high-heeled shoes that cause the toes to become stuck. Bunions may also accompany arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Treatment

Podiatrist at Health and style medical center will recommend the most appropriate treatment options depending on the severity of the condition and the degree of pain you are experiencing. Treatment options include:

Non-surgical treatment

  • Changing shoes, it is preferable to wear wide and comfortable shoes that provide enough room for your toes.
  • Using footpads because it may help relieve pain.
  • Medications such as over-the-counter pain relievers to ease the pain.
  • Shoe inserts can help in distributing the pressure evenly when moving your feet; This reduces symptoms and prevents the bunion from getting worse. Over-the-counter foot inserts may provide relief for some people.
  • Orthotic devices may be recommended by your podiatrist.
  • Applying ice, especially after standing for a long time, but if you have problems with blood circulation in your feet, consult a doctor before using ice.

Surgery

Your doctor will most likely recommend surgery if the above methods do not relieve your pain effectively, especially since surgery is not recommended unless you have frequent pain or it interferes with your everyday activities.

There are many surgical procedures for bunions, including:

  • Removing of swollen tissue around the big toe joint
  • Adjust finger position by correcting its position
  • Correction of the odd angle in the big toe
  • Permanent joining of bones

You will often be able to walk immediately after the surgery, but it will take a longer time, up to months, to fully recover. To avoid recurrence of the injury, the doctor will also advise you to choose and wear the right shoes after recovery.

Choose broad shoes with enough room between your longest toes and the shoe.

During the recovery period:

  • Do not drive for 6 to 8 weeks
  • Take 6 to 12 weeks off work if possible.
  • Avoid sports for up to 6 months

After bunion surgery:

  • Your toes may not be completely straight
  • Your feet may still be a little wide.
  • Bunions may return after surgery.

Complications

  • Bursitis
  • Hammer Toe
  • Metatarsalgia

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23/May/2022

An ingrown toenail is a common foot condition that affects two out of every ten individuals who see a podiatrist. It can be painful and make standing or walking difficult. However, therapy is simple, and it is preventable.

Causes of an ingrown toenail

An ingrown toenail can have many causes:

  • A bruised toe
  • Congenital (shape of your foot).
  • Repeated pressure on the toenails as a result of playing some sports or having a fungal infection or psoriasis.
  • Thick or curved toenails.
  • Trimming of the nails incorrectly, such as cutting the nail too short at the corners.

The big toe is the most often affected, and an ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail grows in a curved path toward the skin as a result of cutting toenails at the wrong angle.

It can affect anyone, but patients who are suffering from the following diseases are more susceptible:

  • Severe nerve damage in your foot.
  • Poor blood circulation.
  • Infection around the nail.

Symptoms of a nail infection

An ingrown toenail can cause your toe to become red, painful, and swollen, but bacteria can enter if the toenail grows into the skin or if the skin grows over the edge of the nail! Furthermore, the nail may become infected.

Symptoms of an ingrown toenail infection include:

  • Fluid or pus drains from the toe.
  • Redness or darkening of the area.
  • Feeling of warmth or warmth in the toe.

Ingrown toenail home treatment

  • Soaking the feet in warm water 3 to 4 times a day, which helps soften the skin around the toe and prevents nail growth in it.
  • Keep your feet dry.
  • Wear wide, comfortable shoes and avoid narrow and pointed shoes.
  • To relieve pain, use paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • Do not trim your toenails and let them grow.

When do you consult a podiatrist?

First, do not try to cut the ingrown nail yourself, because it may get worse, seek the podiatrist for help. While an ingrown toenail can be treated at home, you should see a podiatrist at Health and Style Health Center if:

  • The condition did not improve after following the mentioned home remedies.
  • Your toe is very painful, swollen, and oozing with pus.
  • You have a high temperature or feel hot or shivering.
  • You have diabetes, which makes foot issues more serious.

Do you need to have surgery?

In most situations, an ingrown toenail does not require surgery, but in severe cases, a podiatrist may need to surgically remove part of the nail. He will inject an anesthetic into your toe. It may take several months for the nail to regrow. After surgery, the patient will be able to resume regular activities within two days. However, you should ask your doctor about when you may resume sports like running.

Prevention

Fortunately, the following steps can help prevent an ingrown toenail

  • Soak the nail in warm water before cutting it or cut it after taking a bath.
  • Clean the nail clipper before using it.
  • Wear appropriate shoes that provide enough room at the toes.
  • Avoid injuring the sides of the nails.
  • If you have diabetes, take care of your feet.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry.

Remember that even if your feet and nails are in a healthy condition, you will need to visit a podiatrist at Health and Style Health Center to trim your nails and remove calluses professionally. It is also recommended for those who have difficulty taking care of their feet and nails, for example, as a result of difficulty reaching their feet due to problems in their feet. their joints.


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23/May/2022

Health and Style Medical Center is a leading foot clinic in the field of foot care and treatment. Our team consists of well qualified podiatrists who offer comprehensive foot and ankle treatment. They also diagnose and treat common foot and ankle problems using the latest technology. As a result, podiatrist at Health and Style Medical Center can help all patients.

Our medical team treats each case individually, tailoring the treatment plan to the unique demands and lifestyle of the patient, while also offering specialized care, on the basis of the belief that there is no one treatment that works for everyone. The staff is also committed to assisting all patients in returning to their favorite activities by delivering the best podiatric treatment.

Why choose our foot clinic?

We guarantee that we will do our best to ensure that you are satisfied with your visit and that you receive the treatment and care you need. To achieve this, we are always searching for innovative treatment methods and technology, as well as evaluating the benefits they bring to you.

Our team will provide general foot care advice and can help you with many medical conditions such as corn removal, Ingrown toenails, and thickened nails. Furthermore, we provide the following services:

  • Foot health check.
  • Comprehensive foot care.
  • Diabetic foot care.
  • Medical foot care.
  • Foot care for all family members, regardless of age.
  • Various treatment options for foot orthotics.
  • Performing foot surgery (simple procedures)
  • Gait and postural analysis.
  • Computerized assessment
  • Biomechanics insoles & orthotics

Our foot clinic also offers numerous benefits, such as:

  • Comprehensive diagnostic services.
  • Connecting with Malaffi to ensure that we provide you with a superior service.
  • Accepting most insurance plans.
  • The ability to book an appointment via WhatsApp.

In your first visit

The podiatrist will:

  • Perform gait analysis, if applicable.
  • Carry out a biomechanical and range of motion testing, if applicable.
  • Take your full medical history.
  • Provide a diagnosis.
  • Develop a treatment plan.

Why do you need to take special care of your feet?

Foot care and visits to the foot clinic are not a luxury, and you should visit our foot clinic in Health and Style Medical Center regularly even if you do not have a specific problem, because the feet provide stability and balance, as well as absorb shocks, so that the rest of the body is not affected during movement.

You don’t have to suffer in silence any longer; we have a remedy for foot problems and we look forward to treating your feet and seeing you happy, satisfied, and healthy soon at all times.


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23/May/2022

Diabetes can reduce blood flow to your feet. As a result, 1 out of every 10 diabetes patients gets foot ulcers, which can lead to serious problems if left untreated.

Diabetes’s effect on the feet

Diabetes can cause many serious foot problems such as:

  • Poor blood circulation: leading to severe coldness, cramps, tingling, or a burning sensation.
  • Neuropathy: impairs the ability to feel pain, pressure, and feeling. However, the patient may have severe aches, particularly at night.
  • Infection: cuts and scrapes are often slow to heal and become easily infected.
  • Soreness: most often caused by wearing poor-fitting shoes. Diabetes may change the shape of the foot, resulting in the need for specialized shoes.

Many people with diabetes are concerned about gangrene. Although gangrene is rare, it is especially dangerous for neglected diabetic foot problems.

Keep your feet healthy

  • Wash them daily with warm water.
  • Pat them gently with a soft towel, especially between the toes.
  • Do not soak your feet for more than 5 minutes.
  • Moisturize your feet daily if they are dry; however, do not put the cream between your toes.
  • Check your feet daily to verify that there are no sores or discharges, and ask someone or use a mirror if you need assistance.
  • Apply a bandage to any sores and consult a podiatrist if they take longer than expected to heal.
  • Maintain normal blood glucose levels.

Foot care tips

  • Schedule a yearly physical examination with your doctor and visit him if you have symptoms such as numbness.
  • Keep your feet clean and protected from infection.
  • Wear well-fitting shoes because improper footwear can cause calluses, calluses, sores, and nail problems.
  • Take care of wounds and ulcers.
  • Avoid walking barefoot.
  • Keep your nails trimmed.
  • Visit a podiatrist at Health and Style Medical Center to treat call uses or hard skin.
  • Quit smoking because it impairs blood circulation causing serious foot problems.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly to help control diabetes and reduce the risk of developing foot problems.

When do you consult a doctor?

You should see a doctor immediately if:

  • You see cracks in your foot’s skin or a discharge pouring from the wound.
  • Change in the color of the skin over part or all of the foot.
  • You notice additional swelling in your foot where a blister or damage has occurred.
  • There is redness or swelling around the ulcer.

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23/May/2022

Did you know that knee pain can happen without accident or injury?! Knee pain is a common complaint that can occur when doing simple activities such as getting up from a chair, walking, or climbing stairs.

So, what causes knee pain?

Your joints and tissues can tolerate certain amount of activity, and this amount varies depending on your health condition. For example, your tolerance can decrease significantly after a period of illness. However, you don’t have to experience pain at the time of the activity, but it can occur within 24 hours afterwards.

Also, athletes who engage in sports that involve jumping or running are more likely to develop knee pain and problems, but some factors can increase the risk, such as:

  • Being overweight.
  • Overuse of the knee.
  • Arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, lupus, and gout.
  • Infection in the bones of the knee or the knee joint.
  • Aging

Tips to help you treat knee pain

In most cases, knee pain can be treated within a few days by following these tips:

  • Avoid standing for long periods.
  • Raise your knee as much as possible to reduce swelling.
  • Wear an elastic bandage to provide support for your knee such as Incrediwear.
  • Take an analgesic such as ibuprofen to relieve pain and swelling.
  • Put a pillow under your knees or between your knees when sleeping.
  • Before doing any sport or exercising, make sure that you can move properly and there is no swelling.

Within the first 48 hours of the problem:

  • Rest, however you should move your knee gently every hour for 10 to 20 seconds.
  • Apply ice compress or ice in a washcloth for up to 15 minutes every two hours if you suffer from swelling or warmth.

But after 48 hours:

  • Try to use your knee more.
  • Avoid violent sports or weight lifting.
  • Do simple exercises to help relieve pain.

When to see a podiatrist?

You will need to visit Health and Style Medical Center if you:

  • Cannot bear weight on your knee.
  • Suffering from severe pain, even when you are not bearing weight on your knee.
  • Cannot bend your knee.
  • Notice redness, warmth, or severe swelling around your knee.
  • Have pain, swelling, numbness, or tingling.
  • Suffering from pain after 3 days of home therapy.

Prevention of knee pain

  • Warm-up before exercising.
  • Do stretches when you finish exercising.
  • Lose weight because every 0.5 kg of weight gain puts about 2.25 kg of additional pressure on your knee when going up and downstairs, and the amount of extra pressure is greater when jumping.

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23/May/2022

The disease of kings?! & Tips to prevent further attacks

Historically, Gout was called the “disease of kings” because they were more likely to have it, due to their eating habits!

So, what’s gout?

Gout is a common type of arthritis, in which small crystals of uric acid are formed in the body fluids, tissues & joints usually the big toe joint, these crystals are formed as a result of hyperuricemia (high uric acid level). Surprisingly, not all patients with hyperuricemia suffer from gout! Sometimes gout symptoms get worse suddenly & flares happen followed by a long period of remission.

Symptoms may include:

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Heat

Factors that increase the risk of getting gout

  • Obesity
  • Having certain health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes & poor kidney function
  • Taking certain medications, such as diuretics.
  • Eating or drinking high fructose foods or drinks.
  • Following high purines diet by eating too much red meat, salmon & tuna.

Treatment

Usually, there is no need to treat hyperuricemia if you don’t have gout symptoms. Treatment is used to relieve symptoms during gout attacks or to prevent further ones, treatment options may include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Corticosteroids
  • Colchicine
  • Medicines that help in lowering uric acid in the blood

How can you prevent further gout attacks?

Suddenly, lifestyle changes can help you manage the symptoms

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet & avoid foods high in purines.
  • Exercise 150 minutes weekly including walking & cycling.
  • Visit your doctor regularly.
  • Weight loss, since achieving and maintaining weight may lead to weight loss.

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23/May/2022

Vitamin D and bone health… What is the relationship?!

You’ve probably heard a lot about vitamin D’s function in strengthening your immunity and protecting you from illnesses during the last year, but is that all it does? Actually, no, as vitamin D plays a role in promoting your overall health thus, vitamin D deficiency may affect your health & the activities you do since it protects you from many diseases & regulates calcium & phosphate in the body to maintain healthy bones, teeth & muscles.

Despite all of Vitamin D’s surprising benefits, we are going to focus on its role in maintaining healthy bone. Vitamin D is essential for good bone health. People with vitamin D deficiency have a higher risk of osteoporosis, therefore they are more likely to have bone fractures.

Are you vulnerable to vitamin D deficiency?

Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin”, which explains why you are more likely to have a vitamin D deficiency if you do not get enough sunlight, and of course, this possibility increased after working from home. However, it is recommended to take vitamin D daily throughout the year if you:

  • Spend most of your time at home.
  • Wear clothes that cover most of your skin when you go out.
  • Are African or South Asian, your body may not make enough vitamin D from sunlight.

Vitamin D sources

  • Exposure to sunlight, helps your body make vitamin D.
  • Eating foods rich in vitamin D such as red meat & salmon.
  • Taking vitamin D supplements daily such as Provita D 3 tablets.
  • Visiting Health and Style Medical Center where they offer free vitamin D injections.

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23/May/2022

Manage athlete’s foot & tips for prevention

Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis is a fungal infection of the feet, that can affect anyone! but athletes are more vulnerable to have it since their feet are usually sweety & damp which encourages tinea pedis to grow.
Symptoms of tinea pedis include:

  • Redness
  • Cracked skin
  • Stinging
  • Itching

Symptoms usually appear between the toes.

9 tips for athletes’ foot

  1. Dry your feet, especially between toes.
  2. Use a separate towel for your feet.
  3. Take your shoes off when you are at home.
  4. Wear cotton socks & change them every day.
  5. Avoid rubbing or scratching the affected skin to avoid transmission of infection.
  6. Don’t walk barefoot in public areas like swimming pools.
  7. Don’t share towels, socks, or shoes.
  8. Avoid wearing the same shoes for more than two days in a row.
  9. Wear breathable shoes.

Treatment

Tinea pedis treatment usually takes two weeks, and you can seek the help of a pharmacist to prescribe the appropriate medications. But you will need to see a doctor if:

  • You do not feel better after using the treatment prescribed by the pharmacist.
  • Your foot is red and painful.
  • You have diabetes.
  • You have had an organ transplant or are undergoing chemotherapy.

Protection

Tinea pedis can be prevented by taking simple steps such as:

  • Wash your feet daily with soap & water then dry them well, especially between the toes.
  • Wear flip-flops in public bathrooms.
  • Use talcum powder to reduce sweating.
  • Wear breathable shoes.
  • Change shoes & socks regularly.


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