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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 00:00

How Do Heel Spurs Form?

A heel spur occurs when a small and bony protrusion gradually forms on one of the 26 bones that are in the foot. This will typically occur in the heel of the foot and may produce severe pain and discomfort as a result of the inflammation that generally accompanies this condition. There may be several reasons why this ailment may occur, including wearing poorly fitted shoes, walking abnormalities in which excess pressure is placed on the heel, or additional weight the patient may have gained, which can put added strain on the heels. Depending on the severity of the heel spur, there may be different treatment options that may bring a moderate level of relief and comfort. Theses may include performing gentle stretches, which may benefit the overall health of the foot, wearing orthotics, or if necessary, surgery may be performed to remove the heel spur. If you have developed a heel spur, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist who can determine what the best treatment is for you.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

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

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If you are experiencing chronic pain, which may be caused by inflammation in your feet, you may have rheumatoid arthritis. This uncomfortable ailment is caused by an autoimmune condition and will typically affect the tissues in the feet, which may cause severe pain and swelling. When this condition develops in the feet, the joints in the ankle may become affected as a result of possible damage that the tissues and ligaments may endure. This may cause diminished support in the ankle bones and can cause difficulty in walking. If rheumatoid arthritis (RA) develops in the center of the foot, damage to the ligaments may cause the arch to gradually collapse, and desired relief may be felt by wearing shoe inserts. If you are experiencing this type of foot pain, it’s suggested to consult with a podiatrist, so the proper treatment techniques can begin.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Peter C. Smith of Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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, 10 December 2018 00:00

Plantar Hyperhidrosis May Cause Discomfort

If you suffer from plantar hyperhidrosis, you are among one to three percent of the population that is affected by this condition. This is an ailment in which the feet produce an excessive amount of sweat and may make the patient feel uncomfortable and embarrassed. It may cause limitations in performing daily activities and may lead to the development of bacterial and fungal infections. People who are afflicted with this condition may find relief in wearing cotton socks, which may aid in absorbing the excess sweat. Some people may benefit by using powder in their socks, in addition to wearing inner soles, which may help in protecting the shoes. If you think you may have plantar hyperhidrosis, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist, so the proper treatment techniques can be discussed and started.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Peter C. Smith of Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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, 03 December 2018 00:00

What Causes Bunions in Children?

The term that is known as juvenile hallux valgus is the medical name for bunions that develop in children. It consists of a large and bony protrusion that is located on the side of the big toe and may cause discomfort when certain shoes are worn. Research has shown that genetics may play a significant role in the development of bunions, in addition to the possibility of bunions forming in children who may be suffering from neurological disorders. This condition may also develop if the child has flat feet or wears shoes that do not fit correctly. After an X-ray is taken of the foot, which may aid in determining the severity of the bunion, proper treatment options can be discussed, which may include wearing shoes that are wide enough to accommodate the bunion, or possibly surgery if other options are not effective. If you notice your child is developing a bunion, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can recommend the best treatment for this condition.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Peter C. Smith of Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor 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 our office located in Lancaster, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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