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January 2021

Monday, 25 January 2021 00:00

How to Prevent Damage From High Heels

High heels may look nice, but they can cause a variety of foot problems, including pain, injury, as well as nerve and joint damage. Still, you may be reluctant to cut high heel shoes out of your life. Fortunately, you don’t have to swear off high heels. You can take preventive measures to maintain the health of your feet and ankles by being mindful of the effects that high heels can have on these areas. High heels can weaken your calf muscles by keeping them in a shortened position for prolonged periods of time. Stretching the calves after wearing high heels can help give these muscles relief. Strengthening the ankle muscles and improving your balance with various exercises can help prevent ankle injuries and falls. For more information about how to mitigate the effects of high heels on the feet and ankles, please consult with a podiatrist.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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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Wednesday, 20 January 2021 00:00

Arthritis Can Cause Pain in the Feet and Ankles

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

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Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00

Peripheral Artery Disease and Exercise

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition that causes poor circulation in the lower limbs. Frequent symptoms of this can include leg pain, cramps, numbness, and claudication - a type of leg pain that is triggered by poor circulation during exercise but goes away upon rest. PAD can make it difficult to exercise, however, exercise is a key component of managing PAD. Walking-based exercises can help improve PAD symptoms, increase the distance that you can walk without pain, and may reduce the risk of having a stroke or heart attack. To learn more about the benefits of exercise for those with peripheral artery disease, please consult with a podiatrist.  

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heal
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

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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Foot odor can be common among children and adolescents. When children’s feet sweat, bacteria that thrive in moist, dark environments, like their shoes, can begin to multiply rapidly. Bacteria eats dead skin cells and releases waste in the form of organic acids, often producing a strong and unpleasant smell. Fortunately, there are things that you can do at home to reduce foot odor. Encourage your child to wash and dry their feet thoroughly each day. Make sure that they wear properly fitted shoes made of breathable materials and clean, moisture-wicking socks to reduce sweat. Kill the bacteria in their shoes using a disinfectant spray. If foot odor does not improve with at home treatments, it is suggested that you take your child to see a podiatrist. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Peter C. Smith of Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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, 04 January 2021 00:00

Why Foot Blisters Can Develop

Parents who notice an area on their children’s foot that resembles a bubble are often aware that it may be a blister. A blister is the body’s natural healing response to skin that has become damaged for various reasons. These can include excess friction that can happen from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or from medical conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Additionally, blisters may form as an allergic reaction to an insect bite or from a severe sunburn. It is beneficial to cover the blister with an elastic bandage, as this can protect the blister from draining prematurely. If your child has developed blisters on their feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment techniques.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Peter C. Smith of Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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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