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October 2020

There are several types of foot conditions that may require surgery for permanent relief. Bunions, hammertoes, and ingrown toenails are a few examples. A bunion is a bony protrusion on the side of the big toe, and can be quite painful. Surgery can be performed to remove this deformity and help relieve the pain. Hammertoe is a common foot condition that causes the toe to bend downward at the middle joint. Surgery can be performed to correct the joint and straighten out the toe. An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the outer edge of the skin, and this can cause severe pain and discomfort. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the affected portion of the nail. If you are considering any type of foot surgery, it is strongly recommended that you speak with a podiatrist who can help you to determine if this is the correct choice for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Peter C. Smith of Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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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Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

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Foot and ankle pain is fairly common and can have a large variety of causes. Different parts of your feet, toes, or ankles may be affected. Skin problems of the feet include plantar warts, corns, calluses, blisters, athlete’s foot, ingrown toenails, and skin infections. Examples of conditions that can affect the joints of the feet and ankles include gout, bunions, hammertoes, and arthritis. Foot and ankle pain may be caused by plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, stress fractures or other injuries, heel spurs, and flat feet. If you experience numbness or tingling in your lower extremities, this may be due to Morton’s neuroma, sciatica, tarsal tunnel syndrome, diabetes, or peripheral artery disease. To figure out what is causing your foot and ankle pain, it is important to consult with a podiatrist. Providing the podiatrist with a thorough description of the location and type of pain that you are feeling is the first step to recovery.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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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The medical condition that is known as Sever’s disease typically affects children and young teenagers who participate in running and jumping activities. This condition can occur as a result of an inflamed growth plate in the heel, usually caused by consistent tension on the Achilles tendon. Common symptoms that many patients notice is limping and lingering heel pain during and after an activity. A proper diagnosis can include a thorough examination of the foot and heel, as well as an X-ray to rule out other foot problems. Mild relief may be found when specific stretches of the calves and heels are frequently performed. If your child has symptoms of Sever’s disease, it is recommended that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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 injuries.

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Monday, 05 October 2020 00:00

Basics to Prevent Falling

Research has indicated that falling is a leading cause of injury in older people. Many patients can experience a fear of falling, and this can lead to the inability to perform daily activities. Falling may be caused by several factors, including wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, having poor vision, taking multiple medications, or rushing and walking too quickly. There are effective prevention methods that can be implemented, which may help to prevent  falling episodes. These can consist of removing worn rugs from the living environment, and improving lighting in the household. Additionally, it is beneficial to engage in a routine exercise program as this can be helpful in improving overall strength. If you would like more information about how falling can affect the feet, please confer with a podiatrist.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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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