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Thursday, 08 September 2022 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Bunion Formation

There are a number of  foot conditions that you may encounter at one point during your lifetime. Some of them involve the formation of certain abnormal bony protrusions that can cause pain or discomfort. One such foot condition involving a bony protrusion is known as a bunion. Bunions typically develop on the side of the big toe, and in some cases, bunionettes might form on the smallest toe. Since bunions can be an annoyance to those afflicted by them, bunion formation and its causes are of the utmost importance. Bunions are commonly caused by ill-fitting footwear that makes the toes crowd together. Whenever an individual puts a significant amount of pressure on their big toe joint for an extended period of time, this can also potentially lead to bunion formation. Having other conditions or diseases might also lead to bunion formation. For example, having rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome makes one particularly vulnerable to developing a bunion. After a bunion forms, it can cause soreness at the affected area or even swelling around the big toe joint. If you believe that you might be at risk of developing a bunion, contact a podiatrist who can help you either prevent or treat a bunion.


 

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lumberton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 30 August 2022 00:00

Juvenile Plantar Dermatosis

Juvenile plantar dermatosis is a common and chronic dry skin condition of the feet that usually affects pre-adolescent children between the ages of three and 14 years. It is also known as atopic winter feet and forefoot dermatitis. This condition affects boys slightly more often than girls. It is rarely seen in adults but can persist into adulthood. Juvenile plantar dermatosis can be caused by repetitive frictional movements, the occlusive effect of wearing covered footwear (particularly synthetic shoes), excessive sweating, genetic sensitivities, or warm or cool climate changes. This problem is usually visible on the weight-bearing areas of the soles, ball of the big toes, and forefoot of the foot with itchy, sore, shiny, red skin that has a glazed appearance and a loss of the epidermal ridge pattern. Typically, both feet are affected. The most common complication of juvenile plantar dermatosis is painful cracks and fissures, which may become infected. This affliction is sometimes confused with other skin conditions, such as atopic eczema, plantar psoriasis, or tinea pedis. Wearing well-fitting leather shoes, two or more pairs of cotton and wool socks, and changing socks regularly will help reduce friction. Moisturizing the feet will help prevent dry skin. Resting the feet to allow any fissures to heal will help as well. If your child is experiencing problems with the skin of their feet, consult with a podiatrist who can diagnose any conditions and provide options for treatment.



 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lumberton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Preventing running injuries is a common concern for people who enjoy running, even though they may feel that there is not enough time to effectively warm up and cool down. This can be detrimental to incurring injuries. It takes minimal effort to practice good running habits. Preventing running injuries can consist of gradually increasing speed and distance and this is important so that the legs and feet can become acclimated to running. Some people prefer to use props to stay strong and healthy, including a foam roller that can help to increase range of motion and flexibility. Additionally, when a medicine ball is used, it may increase overall body strength. People who enjoy running often set goals as part of their running strategy, and it is beneficial to the body to consistently stay on point. If you would like more information about how running injuries can affect the feet and injury prevention methods, please consult with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lumberton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Because heel pain can be caused by several conditions, it is important to have it diagnosed correctly and treated properly. The most common form of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammatory condition of the plantar fascia, which is the long rubber band-like connective tissue that connects the front of the heel bone with the toes. The plantar fascia is on the bottom of the foot. It undergoes a great deal of stress and pressure while doing its duty of helping to form the arch, aiding in the propulsive phase of the walking cycle, and acting like a shock absorber of sorts. Excessive wear and tear and stretching of the plantar fasciitis can irritate it, inflame it, and even create micro-tears where it inserts at the heel bone. This is known as plantar fasciitis, a very painful form of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis can be brought on by certain sporting activities like running, being obese, standing for prolonged periods, and more. If you have heel pain that is at its worst in the morning when you take your first steps of the day, or after periods of rest, you may have plantar fasciitis. Consult with a podiatrist to have your heel pain diagnosed and treated.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lumberton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Wednesday, 10 August 2022 00:00

Arthritis May Cause Toe Pain

Pain, swelling, and stiffness often accompany arthritis in the feet. Many people have their toes affected by arthritis and it can be difficult to walk. Additionally, there may be a bump that forms as a result of the joints rubbing together and the toes may curl. The most common form of arthritis is known as osteoarthritis and it affects the cartilage between the joints generally causing pain and discomfort. The condition that is known as gout can cause pain in the big toe and comes from having excess uric acid in the bloodstream. This can cause crystals to lodge between the joints in the big toe and can cause debilitating pain. An autoimmune disease can cause psoriatic arthritis and typically affects the toes. Another form of toe pain can come from having an infection within the joint and this is referred to as infectious arthritis. Mild relief may be found when the shoes that are worn fit properly and it is advised to refrain from wearing high heels. If you have pain in your toes, please consult with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose arthritis in the feet as well as offer correct treatment advice.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lumberton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

Foot Massage Therapy

Foot massage therapy, a type of massage that focuses on the feet and lower legs, is often used to relieve stress, tension, fatigue, and pain. It also can be used to improve blood circulation to help prevent injuries and alleviate symptoms of chronic conditions like arthritis. This form of massage utilizes gentle pressure to the feet and legs. Swedish or trigger point massage techniques are typically employed. Risks of foot massage therapy include infection from the spread of bacteria and injury, such as cuts and bruises from over-massage. If you have pre-existing medical conditions (like heart disease or stroke history), it is important to consult with a podiatrist before getting such therapy. A podiatrist can also provide additional information about foot massage therapy and provide additional suggestions to treat foot and ankle discomfort.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, one of our podiatrists of Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lumberton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Arthritis is an umbrella term for diseases that cause pain, inflammation, and in some cases a degradation of joints in the body. Gout is one such form of arthritis. It develops when your body cannot adequately flush out uric acid in the bloodstream, which is a byproduct of purines being broken down. This excess uric acid can crystalize, collect, and build up in joints. This accumulation of hardened uric acid crystals causes the joint to become inflamed, swollen, and painful. Gout can develop in any joint in the body, however it is most prevalent in the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint at the base of the big toe. If you have gout, there is a possibility that you may also have other forms of arthritis as well, as different forms of arthritis share certain risk factors and can create a hospitable environment for other arthritic diseases to take hold in the joints. If you have any pain, swelling, stiffness, or limited movement in any foot or ankle joint, see a podiatrist. By examining the feet and conducting various tests, your podiatrist will be able to properly diagnose your condition and treat it accordingly.


 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lumberton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2022 00:00

What Is Shockwave Therapy for the Feet?

There are many tools at a podiatrist’s disposal to address any number of challenging foot afflictions. Podiatrists may prescribe antibiotics, recommend orthotics, or encourage a surgical procedure in extreme cases. One interesting tool that podiatrists can use is known as shockwave therapy for the feet. This new method can be used to treat plantar fasciitis, one of the most common foot conditions affecting individuals across the country. The shockwave therapy treatment consists of applying bursts of air and electromagnetic shock pulses to the lower limbs in either low or high energy increments. The purpose of this is to facilitate a kind of natural healing response in the feet. That is, the shockwave therapy is meant to encourage the formation of blood vessels in the affected areas and other healing nutrients. If you have plantar fasciitis and believe that you might be interested in addressing it through shockwave therapy, contact a podiatrist who may be able to help.

Shockwave therapy is a treatment commonly used to treat various injuries and conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis in the feet. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists from Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, addressing the source of the problem and allowing treatment to last for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lumberton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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