Monday, 18 January 2016 06:41

Causes of Blisters

blister6Blisters are some of the most common foot conditions patients can develop. Most blisters on the feet are caused by friction, which often occurs when a poor fitting shoe rubs against the skin of the foot. Other skin conditions, such as eczema, Athlete’s foot, bacterial infections or allergic reactions can cause blisters as well. Excessive moisture can cause friction, which in turn can create blisters.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, see one of our podiatrists of Sutera and Jones Surgical Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices in Media and Glen Mills, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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runningConsider placing arch supports and soft insoles in your shoes, Dr. Steve Rosenberg, podiatrist, advises when accommodating your feet, especially at formal events. The foot support these products offer will help “cushion the foot from heel to toe and prevent the arch from collapsing while standing,” Rosenberg says. The support these products offer will also help with reducing bunion pain, swelling in the toe, and prevent slipping in shoes that are too large. He suggests looking for shoes that have “instant arches,” which can help prevent foot problems.

Proper foot support is of utmost importance in foot health. If your heel is hurting, see one of our podiatrists of Sutera and Jones Surgical Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support.

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes. If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices in Media and Glen Mills, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 04 January 2016 12:48

Treating Your Feet After Sports Injuries

foot care8Dr. Michael Sisk, an orthopaedic surgeon at Steamboat Springs, advises taking care of your feet following foot and ankle injuries. It’s essential to act after sustaining an injury, and common treatments include surgery, physical therapy, stretching, and orthotics. Sisk recommends wearing shoes with good support to avoid sports injuries. Taking a break from physical activity is crucial to the healing of your injury, as well as seeing a doctor immediately after sustaining the injury.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. If you are suffering from an injury see one of our podiatrists of Sutera and Jones Surgical Podiatry. Our doctors will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices in Media and Glen Mills, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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running shoe9Everyone knows running offers many health benefits, but it’s also important to make sure to watch your form and wear shoes that fit. When running, ensure that your core is engaged, your posture is straight, and your strides are the same. Ease into runs by taking your time warming up and beginning with a brisk walk or slow jog before speeding up. It is also important to take your time while training and to incorporate strength training into your routine as well.

Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. If you are suffering from a running injury see one of our podiatrists of Sutera and Jones Surgical Podiatry. Our doctors will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

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 our offices in Media and Glen Mills, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 21 December 2015 20:55

The Effects of Bunions on Posture

stretching2A business in Minden, Nevada, has created new bunion treatment products that have been allegedly reported to help address a variety of problems connected to feet, such as back pain. Back pain results as an effect of bad posture, and bunions are one ailment that can contribute to poor posture. Bunions spread the feet and arch out, which can ultimately lead to back pain.

Bunion surgery usually occurs after non-surgical methods have proved to be ineffective. If your heel is hurting, see one of our podiatrists of Sutera and Jones Surgical Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices in Media and Glen Mills, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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toenail fungus7Heel pain can be a result of an inflamed plantar fascia--also known as plantar fasciitis. Pain prevention involves doing stretches and exercises often, and getting shoes that fit. An irritated Achilles tendon can also cause heel pain, so it’s important to know what’s affecting your feet. If you’re running and dealing with heel pain, “try to reduce the ground reaction force,” sports podiatrist Karl Lockett of Sydney Heel Pain says. Run on the flat of your feet, and try to refrain from landing on your heels. However, if the pain is severe, opt for seeking treatment and take a break from your daily runs.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting, see one of our podiatrists of Sutera and Jones Surgical Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  

- Wearing non-supportive shoes

- Weight change         

- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices in Media and Glen Mills, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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hammertoe4While faulty footwear and improper foot support are the most common reasons for achy feet, there are many other probable causes. Stretching the feet regularly can help prevent ailment such as plantar fasciitis. Wearing shoes that are not the proper fit in addition to swelling feet during pregnancy, weight changes, and suffering from diabetic foot problems such as neuropathy can all cause foot pain.

Proper foot support is of utmost importance in foot health. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Sutera and Jones Surgical Podiatry. Our doctor will provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support.

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes. If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Media, PA. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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athletes foot9A recent British study has found that fatality risks among females ages 37 to 78 who sat and did not engage in leg-swinging for over 7 hours or more at a time have a 30% higher fatality risk than those who sat for five hours or less. Among those who habitually fidget however, no increases were observed regardless of how long one sat. The researchers concluded that foot tapping and leg jiggling may reduce the fatality risk among those who sit for long periods of time. Sedentary behavior has been known to cause a decline in the function of blood vessels, which can negatively affect circulation. Foot tapping and leg jiggling can promote circulation, as the legs are constantly moving.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Sutera and Jones Surgical Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain      -numbness in legs

-cramps             -skin discoloration

-weakness         -slower nail & hair growth

-stiffness           -erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication which will help for PAD.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Media and Glen Mills, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

Custom Orthotics Only Please!

orthotics5When it comes to orthotics, Dr. Colin Gage has one simple solution: custom orthotics only please! Since no two people have the exact same feet, Dr. Gage stresses the importance of using custom orthotics to fix irregularities in your feet or gait versus using standard, over-the-counter inserts. Because these generic orthotics are not designed to specifically contour your individual feet, you may not get the same benefit from wearing them, or worse, you might start to notice a worsening of your foot or heel pain. Thankfully, Dr. Gage details why custom orthotics are such a great tool when it comes to fixing these irregularities and how easy they are to be fitted and prescribed.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists of Sutera and Jones Surgical Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct over arched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you, or if you have a more severe foot issue, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and more severe heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses, and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist on the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain free.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Media and Glen Mills, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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plantar-fasciitis5Giants’ tight end Daniel Fells could lose his foot due to a battle with MRSA. For Fells, trouble first occurred when he suffered a toe injury, then an ankle injury where he received a cortisone shot. Soon after Fells returned to the hospital where he first learned he was infected with the commonly antibiotic resistant staph infection. While doctors are doing everything possible to reduce potential amputation, they have to worry about the fatal effects of MRSA entering the bloodstream and other players becoming infected.

Every day foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with one of our podiatrists of Sutera and Jones Surgical Podiatry. Our doctorswill provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Media and Glen Mills, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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