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Many children often experience a broken ankle at some point in their growing years. When the ankle is injured, it may be difficult to differentiate between a break and a sprain. It’s important to take note of any swelling, pain, and general discomfort in addition to where it’s located. Any uncomfortable sensation occurring at the joint or surrounding tissue may be indicative of a sprain. An obvious sign of a broken ankle is a deformity of the bone, generally resulting from having endured a fall. Your child may experience several symptoms of a broken foot, including the inability to stand as a result of the pain and bruising that appears around the affected area. A proper diagnosis generally consists of having an X-ray performed to determine the severity of the break. If you think your child has broken their foot, please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist for proper treatment options.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. 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.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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, 19 March 2018 00:00

Can Flat Feet Cause Pain?

If your entire foot touches the floor while standing, you may have a condition referred to as fallen arches, or flat feet. Most babies are born with this ailment, and the arches will gradually develop as the toddler starts to walk, typically around 12 months of age. If the arches never develop, there may be several causes responsible for this condition. These may include a predisposed inherited gene, diabetes, obesity, or an injury involving the foot or ankle. The majority of people will have little or no symptoms, but some may notice swelling in the ankles or pain in the feet that gets worse with activity. There may be several treatments available, including shoes that are comfortable and supportive, performing specific stretching exercises, or supporting the arches with orthotics. Please consider scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist for more information about treatment options for flat feet.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry Association. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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, 12 March 2018 00:00

What To Do If You Have Broken Your Toe

If you’ve stubbed your toe or dropped a heavy object on it, you may experience what is referred to as a broken toe. Common symptoms of the condition may include bruising, swelling, and extreme pain when the toe is moved. If the injury is severe, there may be a popping sound that occurs, indicative of the toe breaking. Typically, a proper diagnosis includes having an X-ray performed, and this will determine to what extent the toe is broken or dislocated. Treatment may consist of stabilizing the toe by taping it to the toe next to it, after placing soft cushioning between these toes. Surgery may be a necessary treatment option if the break is severe. Please consider scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist for additional information about broken toes.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry Association. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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, 05 March 2018 00:00

Causes and Symptoms of Gout

If the joint in the big toe becomes red, inflamed, and painful, you may be suffering from a condition referred to as gout. It typically affects men over the age of 40 and can lead to serious health issues, such as kidney disease, if left untreated. There are numerous factors for people to suffer from gout, which may include a predisposed inherited gene, extreme amounts of alcohol being ingested on a regular basis, or taking certain medications. Gout is not easily overlooked, because the symptoms develop rapidly and may be severe. The joint will be tender and swollen, and the skin may feel hot and inflamed. Treatment options will include taking medicine to reduce the inflammation. Additionally, it may be beneficial to consider certain lifestyle changes to prevent further attacks from occurring. Please consider a consultation with a podiatrist for a proper evaluation and the treatment options for you.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry Association. Our doctor 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 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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