On the second Monday of October each year we celebrate Columbus Day; the day that Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas.  During his first successful voyage in 1492, he sailed with a fleet consisting of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria, and arrived in what is now considered to be the Bahamas.

During Columbus’ return trip to Spain after his first voyage, he suffered his first major attack of “gout.”*  Over the next 14 years, he continued to have these attacks that crippled him for months at a time more frequently and more severely until his death in 1506.

Today, approximately 4% of the adult population suffers from gout.  Gout is characterized by sudden severe attacks of pain, redness, swelling, and tenderness in the joints, especially the big toe.  The pain is so severe that it can wake you up, and can be caused by something as simple as the sheets on your bed rubbing against the toe.  Once the severe pain has gotten better, you can notice discomfort in that joint for several weeks afterwards.

You may be more at risk of developing gout if you:

  •     Have previously had gout
  •     Have a family history of gout
  •     Drink more than 1 serving of alcohol a day (for women) or 2 servings of alcohol a day (for men)
  •     Are postmenopausal
  •     Have untreated high blood pressure or diabetes
  •     Eat large amounts of asparagus, mushrooms, organ meat, anchovies, or herring

It is important to set up an appointment with Dr. Schlam if you have symptoms like the ones described above.  Untreated gout can cause severe pain and permanent joint damage.  There are treatment options available to treat your current gout attack as well as to prevent future attacks if needed.

All of us at Hollowbrook Foot Specialists  in Wappingers Falls, want to wish you a Happy Columbus Day!

*Historians now believe Columbus had a form of reactive arthritis.

By David Schlam

Your Top-Rated & New Favorite Podiatrist In Wappingers Falls, NY

Always arrive to a pleasant cheerful staff! They make you feel welcome and get you situated quickly! The Doctor is friendly and makes your feet feel great! I travel a bit to get to this office, but it is so worth it! The staff is always helpful and customizes my appointments to my needs!

- Bob D.

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GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! Very nice, friendly, and thorough doctor. Wonderful staff too! Very clean office. They fit me into there schedule the same day. They recognized my issue right away and got me out of discomfort painlessly.

- Jordan C.

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You will not find a better podiatrist than Dr. Schlam. I have been seeing him for over twenty years and he has been a godsend for my foot pain. If only I could give six stars...

- John M.

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Great experience. They got my son in as soon as possible as made sure his foot was ok. Will definitely use them again!

- Irene T.

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The best health care experience. The staff and nurses are super friendly and Dr. Schlam is very good. I highly recommend Hollowbrook Foot Specialists.

- Bob D.

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Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
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