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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

Our feet are an important part of our bodies and require good care to keep us going. Here are some common foot ailments and ways to treat them. Bunions, or the misalignment of the big toe, can occur from improper footwear, such as high heels or poorly fitted shoes. To prevent this, wear well fitted and supportive shoes that provide good toe space. Calluses and corns are caused by repeated friction on an area which results in the buildup of hard skin. Preventing friction is the best way to stop both so wearing good socks and shoes that don’t rub up against the skin are best. If you do develop them, it is recommended to see a podiatrist. Sometimes, viruses can get into the skin on our feet and cause verrucas, or small warts. These are contagious so it is recommended to see a podiatrist who can treat them. If you use public showers, wear shower shoes to prevent catching viruses and fungi, like athlete’s foot. Ingrown toenails can occur if pressure is put on the nail or if the nails are cut too short; wear shoes that provide toe space and try not to cut them too short. Athlete’s foot and fungal nails are both caused by fungi. While there are over-the-counter ointments that you can buy, podiatrists can prescribe better options. Finally flat feet, which are caused by fallen arches, can be taken care of with custom-made orthotics from a podiatrist.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry Association. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday 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. 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 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. 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 office located in Lancaster, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder, Pedro Florimon, recently dislocated his right ankle during a game against the Miami Marlins. Florimon had to be taken off the field on a cart. The injury was severe enough to unfortunately end the rest of the season for him. This was Florimon’s first year with the Phillies, and he had been playing well with a batting average of .348. The Phillies already have two outfielders disabled, and the loss of Florimon will temporarily strain them.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Peter C. Smith of Lancaster Podiatry Association. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports 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 office located in Lancaster, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 00:00

Many people will develop either a corn or callus on their foot throughout their life, but what are they? Corns and calluses are areas where the skin has thickened due to constant friction on the area. Corns are smaller and harder than calluses and usually develop on the toes. Calluses are not usually painful compared to corns and usually occur on the bottom of the foot. Most of the time both will go away if the source of friction is taken away. There are also some home treatments that may help, however, you should consult a podiatrist first. Soaking your feet can soften corns and calluses, as can moisturizers. Over-the-counter pads can remove both but require caution in their use due to some using salicylic acid, which should be avoided. Finally one of the most important ways to prevent calluses and corns and allow them to disappear, is to wear fitted and comfortable shoes that prevent friction against the area.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Peter C. Smith of Lancaster Podiatry Association. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Lancaster, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 28 August 2017 00:00

When buying shoes for children, comfort is more important than fashion. Things to look for are foot room, foot support, cushioning, breathability, and flexibility. Children should be able to wiggle their toes but not too much that the shoe shifts around. Shoes should provide proper foot support and cushioning so that children’s feet are comfortable in them for hours. Breathability is also important so that feet don’t sweat too much. Finally, flexibility is important since children are moving around alot and the shoes need to be able to handle it. Parents are advised to also examine their children’s shoes every couple of months to see if the they still fit properly.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Peter C. Smith of Lancaster Podiatry Association. Our doctor 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 our office located in Lancaster, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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