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April 2020

Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

Where Are the Sesamoid Bones?

The medical condition that is known as sesamoiditis can cause pain in the joints of the big toe. It can happen as a result of inflammation of the sesamoid bones, which are two bones that are found beneath that joint. These particular bones are found inside tendons that are attached to the bones, and if an injury occurs, the entire area may become painful, which may cause difficulty in walking. The sesamoid bones may be impacted if an injury occurs, or if there is an abnormal foot structure present. Relief may be found when the injured foot is elevated, as this may diminish a portion of existing pain and swelling. If you feel you have pain in this part of your foot, and are exhibiting symptoms of sesamoiditis, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Peter C. Smith of Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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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Saturday, 25 April 2020 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

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An ingrown toenail is a common foot ailment among many patients. It occurs as a result of the toenail growing into the side edges of the nail, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. It may develop when there is inadequate room in the toe area of shoes that are worn, or from improperly trimming the toenails. Some of the symptoms patients often experience with this condition can consist of swelling, redness on or around the affected area, and in severe cases, there may be a discharge coming from the nail. It may be beneficial to soak the foot in warm water, which can help to soften the nail. It is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can recommend the best treatment option for you, which may involve surgery to partially remove the affected nail.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Peter C. Smith of Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

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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Monday, 13 April 2020 00:00

Are PRP Injections Effective?

Research has indicated the healing process in specific types of foot injuries may be accelerated when PRP injections are administered. It is an abbreviation for platelet-rich plasma therapy, and this method may help people to recover faster from certain injuries. Having this procedure done may be beneficial in reducing inflammation, and it is a popular form of treatment among athletes. Platelets in the blood can help wounds to heal properly, and after a blood sample is taken, they are extracted by using a centrifuge. This is a machine that separates the platelets from the blood by spinning it at a high speed. The next step is to inject the platelets into the affected area to encourage healing. If you have chronic foot pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to determine if this is an effective treatment option for you.

If you are suffering from a foot condition, contact Peter C. Smith of Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood taken from a patient and spun in a centrifuge, concentrating the amount of platelets. The plasma is then re-injected into the site of injury or damage, assisting the body in repairing damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue. PRP helps the body speed up its healing process.

Uses of PRP

Injuries affecting the foot sometimes don’t heal properly because of poor blood circulation. The healing time slows down, and recovery time is affected by poor blood supply. PRP injections will speed up recovery and resolve this issue.

Treatment

PRP is the first regenerative treatment for damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. No surgery needed. It is only applied with an insertion of a needle.

Ultrasound – An ultrasound is needed for proper placement of the platelets.

Injection – When the first injection is received, the patient will return to the doctor in about 2 to 3 weeks and monitor the recovery process.

Recovery time – Some people respond to treatments differently. Therefore, depending on your condition, the doctor will make any remaining decisions on how many more injections are needed, or if any additional ones are even required.

Benefits

One may be able to avoid major surgery, and recovery time will be cut down. PRP injections also avoid creating scar tissue and damage to the area. Risks are also very low using PRP as a treatment. There is no risk of rejection, contracting a disease from using another person’s blood, or infection.

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, 06 April 2020 00:00

Is Laser Treatment Effective?

The medical condition that is known as onychomycosis is commonly referred to as toenail fungus. It typically begins in the outer layers of the nail, and in some cases, may expand to include the nail plate. It is caused by a fungus which lives in moist environments. These can include inside shoes and socks, or in public swimming pools and surrounding areas. A possible remedy of toenail fungus is known as laser treatment. This is accomplished by administering a light into the affected nail, and this may be effective in warming the nail sufficiently to possibly diminish toenail fungus. Research has indicated this procedure may be expensive to use, and it may not be successful for all types of fungus. If you are afflicted with toenail fungus, and would like additional information about laser treatment, please consult with a podiatrist.

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What Are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What Is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the infection.

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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