Posts for: March, 2016
Most of the surgery that our doctors perform here at Advanced Foot and Ankle care is considered elective, but that does not mean that we do not take it seriously. When we start discussing surgery as an option with our patients we like to go over our protocol for surgical patients and why we have these protocols in place. While our protocols can seem particular to some, there are many reasons for each.
One mandatory thing we require for each of our surgical patients is called PRP, or platelet rich plasma. This is process where a patient’s own blood is enriched with above average levels of platelets to promote healing. Since many of our surgeries requiring manipulating bone, we see anything that can help aid in the healing process as a must. PRP has been around for several decades and is still being studied for its possible applications. New research is showing it may help with arthritis. Since this procedure uses the patient’s own blood, it has little to no side effects. PRP is also a great base for physical therapy, which many of our surgical patients go on to do.
While we use PRP strictly for surgical patients, there are studies coming out that show in office PRP may be able to help with tendonitis. We are always interested in possible applications and processes that are non-invasive but allow for our patients to live better lives.
One of the most common foot issues in the world is known as a gout flare-up. A gout flare-up is considered one of the most painful things a person can experience. While there a wide array of medications you can take to help with gout, caused by uric acid, many people like to know how this happens in the first place.
Gout is caused by something called uric acid. Uric acid is caused when a person eats certain types of food, such as some nuts and certain types of fish. When you eat these things your body breaks down certain chemicals in the food and produces uric acid as a byproduct. Some people are more prone to not being able to process the uric acid created, and therefore more susceptible to having an issue with gout. Most people are able to pass the uric acid through their urine, but some are not. This leads to a buildup in the body.
Uric acid is commonly found in joints. Here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care we see it a lot in toe or ankle joints. To test for the uric acid levels in your body, your primary care doctor would need to perform a blood or urine test. Blood taken from the top of the hand or near the elbow joint are preferred. While there are many different types of medication that can help keep your uric acid levels in check, eating a diet low in food that can trigger a gout flare-up is also key.