Do you have pain in your leg?

Have you ever gottan tired after walking a few blocks or a short distance? Have you also felt that one leg is very painful with swelling and redness? These could be a sing of multiple problems such as gout or deep venous thrombosis (DVT). A DVT is a very painful and potetially life threatening illness.

There are many risk factors that can lead to a DVT, the following are from foothealthfacts.org

Blood or vein conditions:

  • Previous DVT
  • Varicose veins
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Family history of DVT or blood clotting disorders
     

Other medical conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Chronic swelling of the legs
  • Obesity
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Cancer
  • Dehydration
  • Sepsis
     

Women's health issues:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Birth control pills containing estrogen
  • Pregnancy or recent childbirth
     

Other:

  • Age over 40 years old
  • Immobility (through inactivity or from wearing a cast)
  • Recent surgery
  • Trauma (an injury)
  • Smoking

 

Some are preventable, such as smoking, others are not. If you feel that you are at risk for a DVT, or are experience a lot of leg pain please schedule an appointment immediately. A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet.  In the case of gout it is always good to avoid the foods listed above  before it affects your quality of life. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.

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