Gout- diagnosis and treatment

Although classic gout- ie. gout appearing as a painful, swollen, and red big toe- is easily recognized by most people, gout does not always present in this fashion. Similarly, treatment of gout may seem straight forward at first, but there are so many details to consider depending on the individual, their co-morbidities, and the way […]

Plantar fasciitis? Blame the shoes!

Plantar fasciitis: The aching feet What is plantar fasciitis? Plantar fascia is the thick, fibrous tissue that runs along the arch of the foot, from the heel to the toes. This tissue can become inflamed from overuse and other mechanical injuries. The pain is usually sharp, severe, and worse in the morning. People often describe […]

Gout- for both the prince and the pauper

Gout- symptoms, etiology, diagnosis and treatment What is gout? Gout is a type of arthritis that causes sudden onset of pain, redness, heat, and swelling in a joint. It is more common in men, and is rare in women before menopause. Although gout is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood (called […]

The essentials of fibromyalgia treatment

Fibromyalgia treatment- not easy, but possible! How is fibromyalgia treated? There is no cure for fibromyalgia. However, symptoms can be treated with lifestyle changes and medications. Fibromyalgia can be a chronic condition and as such sometimes difficult to treat. There is no magic bullet for fibromyalgia treatment. Much of the success in treatment depends on […]