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Foot Orthotics: Will They Help Seasonal Athletes Recover from Shin Splints?

Posted by on Sep 11th, 2015 in Foot Orthotics, Running Injuries | Comments Off on Foot Orthotics: Will They Help Seasonal Athletes Recover from Shin Splints?

Foot Orthotics: Will They Help Seasonal Athletes Recover from Shin Splints?

Although shin splints can happen at any time of the year, they tend to spring up more often when people begin returning to the tennis courts and running tracks. The reason behind the increase is easy to understand. As people try to get back into the swing of their favorite sports, they inadvertently put undue pressure on their tibias, tendons and muscles. That added pressure sparks inflammation, mild soreness and eventually severe pain that may interfere with their exercise routines or daily ambulation. Thankfully, wearing foot orthotics and taking over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medications frequently helps them feel better quicker. First, podiatrists must identify whether the person’s pain is emanating from the medial, lateral or anterior area of the shin. Then, it is common to watch the patient walk and determine if there is excessive pronation, forefoot valgus, supination or other biomechanical problems that may be contributing to the person’s shin splints. Afterward, custom foot orthotics may be ordered and designed to suit the patient’s needs. Ideally, whichever foot orthotics are prescribed, they’ll correct the biomechanical issue, thereby reducing stress on the lower leg during routine ambulation or running. So which foot orthotic devices are used to help ease the pain of shin splints? As you can guess, it will depend on the person’s foot and the contributing biomechanical problem at hand. Sometimes supportive, foam inserts with cut-away areas may help relieve the pressure. In other situations, it may be wise to include a supportive wrap or bandage that helps to hold the foot, ankle and lower leg into the proper position for running or walking. Understandably, the cost and amount of time it generally takes to make custom foot orthotics for people suffering from shin splints varies as well. To learn more about treating seasonal shin splints with customized foot orthotics, please contact one of our knowledgeable podiatrists today. Image courtesy of Stockimages /...

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Celebrities with Foot Problems: Stop and Drop Those Awful Habits Now!

Posted by on Sep 3rd, 2015 in Ankle Injuries, Plantar Fasciitis | Comments Off on Celebrities with Foot Problems: Stop and Drop Those Awful Habits Now!

Celebrities with Foot Problems: Stop and Drop Those Awful Habits Now!

What do Sarah Jessica Parker, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Kim Kardashian, Christina Hendricks, Meg Ryan and Kate Moss have in common? They’re all celebrities with foot problems and they have a lot of company. Over the years, a large number of female celebs have either been called out or spoken out about the damage footwear has done to their well manicured feet. Some of the lovely ladies have caused their feet to develop everything from bunions, calluses, hammertoes and plantar fasciitis to ankle sprains and fractures all in the name of high fashion headlines. There have even been incidents of footwear allegedly causing sacroiliac joint pain, back problems and knee osteoarthritis. So what can non-celebrities learn from their glamorous idols? For one, wearing shoes that are too tight and don’t provide enough support are bound to create problems in the long-term. As Sarah Jessica Parker pointed out in a Spring 2013 Weekly US article, her years of poor shoe choices have left her feet in pretty bad shape. Does anyone really want to suffer the same fate? We don’t think so. With that said, it is vital to make fashion choices with a healthy dose of common sense and an eye towards the future. In addition, getting into the habit of taking care of one’s feet at an early age is also advised. Like many parts of our bodies, the feet continue to grow well into puberty and often beyond. So the shoes we wear during those critical growth periods can heavily influence what our feet eventually look like. In addition, our feet can change size and shape once we’ve reached adulthood. The changes that happen to our feet in adulthood are generally caused by age, hormone and weight fluctuations. They tend to make our feet get wider, longer and flatter. However, they can be caused by our footwear choices too, much like what happens when we wear the wrong shoes during our growth spurts. To learn more about celebrities with foot problems and how you can avoid their fate, please contact us. Image courtesy of Patrisyu/...

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Professional Athletes’ Broken Ankles Capture Headlines in Early 2015

Posted by on Aug 26th, 2015 in Ankle Injuries, Fractures & Breaks, Sports Injuries | Comments Off on Professional Athletes’ Broken Ankles Capture Headlines in Early 2015

Professional Athletes’ Broken Ankles Capture Headlines in Early 2015

In early 2015, a number of professional athletes were temporarily put out of commission thanks to broken ankles. Among them were University of Kentucky’s Janee Thompson and Los Angeles Kings’ Tanner Pearson. Thompson reportedly broke her tibia and Pearson, as it later turned out, actually broke his fibula. Both are two of the three bones that make up the top ankle joint. The other is the talus. It should also be mentioned that there is another joint in the foot that connects the ankle bone to the heel bone. It’s called the subtalar joint but apparently neither athlete broke that one this time around. When the tibia, fibula or talus breaks, it can be quite traumatic for athletes and everyday Joes alike. In most cases, swelling and severe pain are immediately present and the injured person can no longer stand up without assistance. As time goes on, bruising is also likely to appear on and around the broken bones. After the injury, it is extremely important that the accident victim’s broken ankle is examined and repaired. Otherwise, the deformities could become permanent, thereby rendering the person disabled. Furthermore, if the person who sustains the broken ankle hasn’t finished growing yet (e.g. child), he or she will need to be closely monitored for bone or joint weakness and deformities long after the initial injury has been treated. The extended monitoring period is crucial to ensure that the broken ankle doesn’t interfere with the leg and foot bones’ normal growth as time goes on. In most instances, the extended period will last at least two years, maybe more depending on the individual’s normal growth rate and unique circumstances. The severity of the injury will dictate which treatment methods are used. Options often include, but are not limited to emergency surgery, casting and post-surgery rehabilitation. Depending on the situation, full recovery from broken ankles may take two months or more. As such, the two athletes that we mentioned earlier are likely to be off of their respective courts for at least part or all of a full season. To speak with a Philadelphia podiatrist about broken ankles and best practices to ensure the bones heal properly, please click...

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The Treatment, Causes, and Facts about Gout

Posted by on Aug 19th, 2015 in Gout | Comments Off on The Treatment, Causes, and Facts about Gout

The Treatment, Causes, and Facts about Gout

Gout (Gouty Arthritis) is a painful arthritic disease that causes severe inflammation, pain, redness, and swelling. Patients attest that, without treatment and care, gout is debilitating, often leading to an inability to work or live life normally. Gout occurs when too much uric acid (human waste -a byproduct of normal metabolic function) builds up in the body and isn’t excreted normally. A problem that, in and of itself, can lead to many other problems, including crystal build-up and kidney stones. Here are some other facts about gout: Though uric acid is normally absorbed by the blood, in the case of gout, it is not. This occurs when the body ups the levels of uric acid it makes, when the kidneys fail to excrete it, and with a diet consisting of foods with too many purines. Your chances of gout increases when: you are male, if it runs in your family, if you are overweight, if you drink too much alcohol, or if you have had an organ transplant. Gout has the potential to cause under-skin nodules called tophi. Another large contributor to whether you will get gout is related to the amount of sugary drinks you consume. A recent study found that people who consume at least two sugary soft drinks a day increase their risk of gout by 85%. Scientists have also found that those who consume cherries may slightly lower their risk of getting gout. Visiting a doctor may only take you so far. While a rheumatologist can diagnose and prescribe treatment, those who suffer multiple attacks of gout a year need to set up their own prevention plan to curb the onset of acute attacks themselves. If you are living with the pain caused by gout, you don’t have to. Visit a doctor today to help eliminate and treat your gout symptoms, and live a life free from pain. Image courtesy of Marin /...

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Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus: There’s New Proof it Really Works

Posted by on Aug 13th, 2015 in Laser Treatment for Nail Fungus, Toenail Fungus | Comments Off on Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus: There’s New Proof it Really Works

Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus: There’s New Proof it Really Works

When you glance down at your feet, do you see a series of yellow and white blotches on your bare toenails? Have the edges of those nails seemingly thickened over the last few weeks? Do they have rough edges and emit a funky odor, especially when you try to clip your nails? If so, it could be onychomycosis that’s the cause of it all. It’s an unpleasant condition that has a tendency to creep up on people when they least expect it. That’s because it’s caused by a fungus that’s too small to be seen by the naked eye. So by the time it’s noticeable, damage has already been done to the nail bed and exposed nail. Many people who find themselves in such unpleasant straits try a series of home remedies at the outset. They may cut their nails down to a painful size and slather on a wide variety of creams. Although those actions may provide some relief, they can be messy, costly and ineffective in the long run. Good thing there are other ways to return one’s toenails back to normal. One of the most effective, affordable options is scheduling laser treatments designed to target toenail fungus. It’s FDA approved and has been used by podiatrists for years. In April 2014, the Journal of the German Society of Dermatology published the results of a study that demonstrated the value of laser treatment for stubborn toenail fungus problems. The publication, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, also published an article on the subject in February 2014. They noted the value as well but also recommended that additional studies should be completed. Many are hoping that those additional studies will help narrow down treatment options and establish a list of best practices for physicians seeking to use lasers to treat fungal infections. To learn more about the treatments and how they may resolve your toenail fungus dilemma, please contact...

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Understanding Plantar Fasciitis and Finding Remedies for the Pain

Posted by on Aug 5th, 2015 in Plantar Fasciitis | Comments Off on Understanding Plantar Fasciitis and Finding Remedies for the Pain

Understanding Plantar Fasciitis and Finding Remedies for the Pain

If you’re a runner, you might already be familiar with plantar fasciitis, either from the pain of experiencing the medical condition or from simple awareness of the pain risks associated with running. First things first, the plantar fascia is the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes. This connective tissue also supports the arch of the foot. Stress on the plantar fascia from repeated activity, such as running, can strain the ligament, even causing tiny tears. The ligament takes a pounding during a run so it’s no surprise that plantar fasciitis is a common runner’s injury. It’s sometimes called “runner’s heel” but it doesn’t just affect runners. Broadly speaking, people who are on their feet a lot can put themselves at risk of developing plantar fasciitis. While this includes athletes, people whose jobs involve extended periods of walking and being on their feet could develop plantar fasciitis. People who are overweight can develop the condition, as the weight puts additional strain on the feet. Older people also face greater risk of developing the condition, the result of a loss of elasticity in the connective tissue. The Mayo Clinic offers some tips for people to do themselves if they suffer pain from plantar fasciitis: Weight — A healthy weight reduces the stress on your plantar fascia. Shoes — High heels are a no-no. Shoes that support the arch and provide some shock absorption are preferred. And don’t walk or run barefoot, particularly on hard surfaces. Shoes, part 2 — Worn out running shoes the cushioning and support that protect your plantar fascia from the pounding of running. Replace those shoes after about 500 miles of running. Mix Sports — Mixing up your athletic activity can keep you active while sparing your feet from repeated pounding. Ice — An ice pack applied for 15-20 minutes three or four times a day, or after athletic activity, can offer some pain relief and reduce inflammation. Stretch — Exercises can stretch your muscles and tendons, providing relief. If pain persists or worsens, it’s time to seek professional medical help. To learn more, please contact...

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Podiatric Care for Elderly People: It’s Not Just About Shoe Inserts and Bunion Creams

Posted by on Jul 30th, 2015 in Bunion Treatment, Geriatric Foot Care | Comments Off on Podiatric Care for Elderly People: It’s Not Just About Shoe Inserts and Bunion Creams

Podiatric Care for Elderly People: It’s Not Just About Shoe Inserts and Bunion Creams

Do you suffer from poor circulation in your feet? If so, and you happen to be over the age of 50, chances are you’re in good company. Why? It is a condition that commonly affects our country’s senior members, especially those that live rather sedentary lifestyles. It may lead to edema, undesirable skin changes, prolonged infections, painful cramps and a thickening of the toenails. On an upbeat note, receiving podiatric care geared towards elderly people may help resolve at least some of those complaints. Podiatrists typically attack circulatory problems using a variety of modalities. For example, they may suggest that seniors start using topical creams that contain a mixture of L-Arginine and nitric oxide (e.g. HealthiFeet ). They are widely recognized as two agents that help improve blood vessel health and overall circulation. This is often especially the case when they are combined with therapeutic massage, hot/cold therapy and foot exercises. It is also not unusual for podiatrists that believe in using a holistic approach to treat elderly people’s feet to prescribe the use of herbal supplements or medicinal herbs. The list of those that are known to help improve circulation in the lower extremities includes, but isn’t restricted to ginkgo biloba, vitamin C, ginger, fish oil and cayenne pepper. Those types of treatments are normally paired with biofeedback assisted relaxation sessions, yoga, Epsom salt foot baths, acupuncture, support stockings and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Other podiatrists may prefer to stick with manmade, over-the-counter or prescription medications. Examples include vasodilators, calcium channel and alpha blockers. However, because many elderly people take so many medications already, this is not always possible. Therefore, some podiatrists may work with the person’s other doctors and pharmacists to come up with compound medications that may help. In addition, podiatric care for the elderly also tends to include routine tasks like nail trimming, callus removal and the aggressive treatment of fungal or bacteria generated infections. To learn more about them and the other treatments mentioned above, please reach out to one of our well respected podiatrists...

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Ask a Foot Care Expert: What’s Up With All of This Intense Itching?

Posted by on Jul 24th, 2015 in Athletes Foot | Comments Off on Ask a Foot Care Expert: What’s Up With All of This Intense Itching?

Ask a Foot Care Expert: What’s Up With All of This Intense Itching?

When the majority of Americans hear that someone has itchy feet and ankles, thoughts of tinea pedis tend to immediately come to mind. Although it is often one of the chief causes of intense itchy, it by far, isn’t the only one. There are actually many conditions that may be behind the intense itching and home foot care may not be enough to solve the problem. Here’s a look at just some of the other podiatry issues that could be spurring on a person’s overwhelming need to scratch: Xerotic Eczema If the temperatures have already started to dip and relative humidity is low, a person’s feet could show signs of xerotic eczema. It could also be caused by dehydration, malnutrition, allergic reactions to soap and taking too many hot showers in the winter months. In addition to the itching, people affected by the condition may experience redness, scaling, peeling and cracked skin too. Foot care may involve the use of washing powders, non-steroidal creams, steroidal creams, medicated oils and other thick emollients. Dyshidrotic Eczema If a person has many of the symptoms mentioned above but their feet and ankles also happen to be covered with clusters of little blisters, it could be dyshidrotic eczema instead. Although both genders have the potential to develop the skin problem, it tends to affect women more often than not. Podiatrists frequently attribute its cause to seasonal allergies. Therefore, it typically shows up on the feet and ankles during the spring, summer and fall. Treatment for the condition involves many of the foot care products used to resolve xerotic eczema. Scabies Itchy feet and ankles may be caused by scabies mites as well. It is one of those podiatry problems that require professional care. Sometimes it is accompanied by crusty patches of skin, rashes, blisters and discolored lines that run near those items. Foot care to kill off the mites tends to last a month and requires the use of prescription medications. So anyone that feels he or she may be suffering from the condition should contact a Philadelphia podiatrist right...

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Foot Types and Selecting The Right Running Footwear

Posted by on Jul 16th, 2015 in Flat Feet, Running Injuries | Comments Off on Foot Types and Selecting The Right Running Footwear

Foot Types and Selecting The Right Running Footwear

If running is part of your exercise regimen, then you need to understand the importance of a well-fitting running shoe. The right shoe will make the difference between prolonged injury, or an enjoyable running experience. The problem lies on the fact that some runners are not informed – they just select the most popular shoes or brands. Not many realize that they are different foot types and shapes, and it’s important that they select a shoe that accommodates their foot shape to prevent running injuries. Ноw dо уоu determine уоur foot type? Іt’s rеаllу quіtе simple. Gеt а piece оf dark paper аnd thеn soak уоur feet аnd step оn thе paper. Lооk closely аt thе imprint. Тhеrе аrе generally three types оf feet. 1) Іf уоur imprint covers mоst оf thе feet (nоt muсh arch аt аll) thеn уоu hаvе flat feet. Yоu аrе аmоng thе 60% оf thе population іn America wіth flat feet. 2) Іf уоu shоw а wide arch аnd narrow lіnе оf уоur outer foot thеn уоu hаvе high arches. Yоu аrе аmоng thе 30% оf thе population оf іn America. 3) Іf уоur imprint hаs а medium arch thеn congratulations. Yоu аrе аmоng thе fеw wіth thе ideal foot shape. Rеgаrdlеss оf whаt foot type уоu hаvе, thеrе аrе running shoes thаt аrе rіght fоr уоu. Wіth аll thе pressure оnе gеts frоm TV adds оr whаt іs popular tо wear nоw, уоu rеаllу nееd tо рut thе health aspect fіrst. Моst lіkеlу уоu will bе аblе tо find а shoe thаt іs rіght fоr уоur foot type аnd stіll hаvе style. То determine thе shoe tо buy, hеrе аrе sоmе guidelines: 1) Fоr thе flat-footed person, уоu will wаnt tо buy а shoe thаt іs rigid аnd stable. Тhіs will prevent уоur ankles frоm bending іnwаrd оr outward аnd іt will protect you. 2) Іf уоu hаvе high arches, уоu will wаnt tо lооk fоr а vеrу cushioned shoe. High arched feet don’t absorb shock vеrу well sо you’ll wаnt thаt cushion tо help іn absorbing thе shock fоr you. 3) Fоr thе medium arch оr ideal foot, уоu wаnt thе combination оf bоth stability аnd cushioning fоr уоur feet. Whеn уоu trу оn а shoe іt shоuld bе snug but nоt tight аnd thеrе shоuld bе аррrохіmаtеlу а 1/2-inch bеtwееn уоur longest toe аnd thе front оf уоur running shoe. Тір: Shop fоr уоur shoes late afternoon whеn уоur feet аrе а lіttlе mоrе spread. Іf іt іs nоt comfortable whеn уоu аrе іn thе store, imagine whаt іt will bе lіkе whеn уоu аrе оut оn а run. Ѕо test thеm well whіlе уоu’rе thеrе. Іn summary, thоsе shoes уоu bought thаt wеrе suсh а bargain mау bе саusе fоr concern іn thе future, sо pick wisely аnd mау уоur running experience bе smooth аnd wonderful. Yоur feet will bе mоst...

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Managing Pain in the Arch Of The Foot

Posted by on Jul 1st, 2015 in Foot Arch Pain | Comments Off on Managing Pain in the Arch Of The Foot

Managing Pain in the Arch Of The Foot

There are a myriad of conditions that can affect the health of your foot. Ill-fitting shoes, blisters, corns, calluses, and tough footwear are just a number of the reasons why you might be suffering from pain in the arch of foot . Learn how you can manage the pain at home – however, if the problem persists, it is recommended that you contact a Philadelphia podiatrist to find an underlying problem. Whеn уоur feet hurt, yоu hurt. Relieve thе pain wіth а foot massage. Stroke уour foot wіth уour thumb frоm thе base оf уоur heel to уоur toes.Try аsking someоne а foot massage, if уоu саn’t manage gіvіng уoursеlf оne. Focusing оn thе soles саn actuallу relax аn individual. Start stroking the soles оf thе foot going in straight lines. Fоllоwіng thе soles hаvе bееn properly massaged, уоu саn proceed tо the top аnd middle аnd аlsо thе toes оf thе foot. Use a gentle motion to massage your toes, stretching them until the soreness goes away. Usе уour thumbs to put pressure іn the sole оf уour foot, slowly going frоm thе toes tо thе heel. You саn employ mоrе pressure by kneading the sole with your knuckles, fоr feet whісh аrе еsрecially achy. Finally, treat уour weary feet wіth а rich moisturizer. Over the counter medicines can also help for short term pain management. Ibuprofen is known to be help dull the pain. Contact us to learn how you can manage pain in the arch of the foot, or if nothing that you do at home is particularly...

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