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September 2020

Monday, 28 September 2020 00:00

Possible Relief Methods For Bunions

A bunion is defined as a bone that grows on the side of the big toe. It is often a nuisance, and wearing shoes may become difficult. Symptoms can include redness, swelling, and corns that may form on top of the bunion as a result of excess friction. The common reason patients may develop bunions is wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, or bunions may form due to genetics. Some patients find mild relief when a protective pad is worn over the bunion, and when supportive shoes are worn. Additionally, wearing custom made orthotics may bring the relief that is needed. In severe cases, surgery may be an option to consider for permanent removal. If you have bunions, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist.

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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Tuesday, 22 September 2020 00:00

Why Live with Pain and Numbness in Your Feet?

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

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Monday, 21 September 2020 00:00

Can Orthotic Insoles Help My Flat Feet?

Flat feet is a condition that causes the middle of the feet to be flat rather than arched. While some people with flat feet may have no issues, others can feel pain and discomfort that interferes with their daily lives and activities. Orthotic insoles are special shoe inserts that can help with various foot problems, including flat feet. If you have pain or discomfort caused by flat feet, wearing orthotic insoles in your shoes can provide extra cushioning and relief. There are a variety of different orthotics, and the type of orthotics that are best for you will depend on the specific structure of your foot and your daily lifestyle needs. For more information about how orthotic insoles may help with your flat feet, speak with a podiatrist today. 

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please 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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Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:00

How Runners Can Prevent Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition caused by the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the toes to the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis is especially common among runners. Fortunately, there are things that runners can do to prevent plantar fasciitis. Placing a cylindrical object, such as a water bottle, and rolling it under your foot can help soothe foot pain and prevent injury. Stretching your plantar fascia by placing a towel on the floor and scrunching it up with your toes can strengthen this ligament. Running on soft, even surfaces, improving your running form, making sure that you are wearing the right shoes, maintaining a healthy weight, strength training, and giving yourself adequate time to rest between workouts can also help reduce your risk of developing plantar fasciitis. For more information on this condition and additional prevention tips, consult with a podiatrist.

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. 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, 08 September 2020 00:00

Is My Toe Pain Being Caused by Gout?

Gout is an inflammatory form of arthritis that can cause swelling and stiffness in the joints, most commonly affecting the big toe. A common symptom of gout may include sudden flare ups, where the joints of the big toe begin to experience a throbbing, crushing pain. If your joints appear swollen or inflamed, and the skin of the affected area is warm and appears red or purplish, you may be experiencing symptoms of gout as well. Symptoms of gout can generally be managed by certain lifestyle changes as well as medication, however getting this condition diagnosed can sometimes be difficult. If you’re experiencing joint pain, particularly in your big toe, please seek the professional care of a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.

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