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August 2022

Tuesday, 30 August 2022 00:00

How Does a Broken Foot Happen?

A broken foot can cause severe pain and discomfort. It usually happens suddenly, often as a result of a car accident, a fall, or if a heavy object should fall on the foot. The symptoms that many people experience with a broken foot include extreme pain, swelling, and the ankle and surrounding areas can be bruised. If the fracture is severe, the bone may protrude through the skin, and can look deformed. Additionally, it is often difficult to walk, and immediate medical attention is often sought. A proper diagnosis is generally performed, and this is helpful in ruling out sprains. Numbness and a tingling sensation may accompany the broken foot, and it may feel cold and look red. Most broken feet are treated by wearing a cast or a walking boot, which can provide the stability that is needed as the healing process takes place. A general time frame for complete healing is approximately six weeks, and many people use crutches that can help to take the weight off of the foot. If you have endured a broken foot, please consult with a podiatrist who can help you with the right treatment, so you can start to feel better.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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, 23 August 2022 00:00

Various Reasons That Flat Feet Can Occur

The medical condition known as flat feet exists as a result of little or no arch in the foot. It is easy to notice and can be seen by standing on the floor with the entire foot lying flat. It can be referred to as pes planus, or fallen arches, and most babies are born with this condition. It generally disappears as most arches are fully developed by the teenage years. There is a small percentage of patients who have flat feet throughout adulthood that may induce pain and discomfort. There are various types, and flexible flat feet are the most common. It is evident when the arch is visible as the foot is lifted. Additionally, a tight Achilles tendon may be a source of flat feet and often affects the arch. The heel can lift sooner than it should while walking and running, and it can cause pain and discomfort. If a foot injury occurs and the tendon that connects the inside of the ankle to the calf muscle becomes swollen or torn, the arch can be affected, possibly resulting in flat feet. If you have this condition, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can prescribe custom-made orthotics, which may help to strengthen the area where the arch normally is.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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, 16 August 2022 00:00

Painful Gout

People who have experienced the foot condition known as gout are often aware of the debilitating pain it can cause. Gout can develop as a result of excess uric acid in the bloodstream, and can be caused by eating foods that have high levels of purines. These foods include red meat, shellfish, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. The pain from gout is often felt in the joints of the big toe, and additional symptoms include swelling and redness surrounding the affected joint. Some people may have a genetic history of developing gout, which may also occur in patients who are obese. A proper diagnosis can be performed when a small sample is taken from the joint and analyzed for crystals that can lodge there. Effective preventive measures include frequently practicing a gentle exercise routine, reducing the amount of alcohol consumed, and eating a healthy diet. If you have developed gout, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

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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Sunday, 14 August 2022 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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Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

Causes of Burning Feet

The sensation of burning feet, also called Grierson-Gopalan syndrome, can often be worse at night though it may taper off during the day. It is often felt on the soles of the feet but can spread to other parts of the foot and ankle as well as the lower legs. Causes of burning feet syndrome include nerve damage, such as peripheral neuropathy or tarsal tunnel syndrome. Among other conditions that may be involved are Morton’s neuroma, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder, and a regional pain disorder that sometimes follows surgery. Still, other causes include allergies, wearing shoes that are too tight, stress from an injury, and side effects of diabetes. While there is no way to prevent burning feet syndrome, it is possible to lessen the effects. It is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a physical examination. Blood and nerve function testing may be done to uncover the underlying cause. If burning foot pain persists or gets worse, it is very important to see your podiatrist for treatment options. 

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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There are several different kinds of warts that an individual may develop on their body. Plantar warts and common warts are among the most familiar. Usually, children and young adults are more susceptible to developing these kinds of warts. Both plantar and common warts occur when an individual is exposed to a certain strain of human papillomavirus, or HPV. This can happen when an individual touches someone else’s wart. What makes these two kinds of warts different is where they are typically located. Common warts can develop on any part of the body, although they are most typically found on the hands and knees. They are small, oval-like, rough patches of skin. On the other hand, plantar warts are found primarily on the bottoms of the feet, also known as the soles. Plantar warts will manipulate the natural lines that are located on the soles of the feet. If you have plantar warts, you might even see clogged blood vessels in the plantar wart that are of a black color. Plantar warts also differ from common warts because there are different potential treatments for each kind of wart. If you suspect that you have plantar warts, you should consider seeing a podiatrist who can help you treat warts.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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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