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May 2020

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 00:00

What Is Neuropathy and What Causes It?

The medical condition that is known as neuropathy occurs as a result of one or more nerves that have become damaged for various reasons. It is defined as a loss of feeling in the feet, which can be particularly dangerous for diabetic patients. It may cause the inability to feel existing cuts, wounds, or bruises on the feet, which may lead to serious complications. Additionally, patients who develop neuropathy may have a B12 vitamin deficiency, or may take specific medications that can be linked to chemotherapy. If you have any symptoms of neuropathy, please consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can perform a complete examination of your feet, and guide you toward correct treatment options.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Delaware County, LLC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Springfield, and Upland, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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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!

Monday, 18 May 2020 00:00

What Is a Blister?

The healing time for blisters that develop on the feet is approximately one week. They can form as the body naturally heals the skin that has become damaged. A small bubble that is filled with fluid will form on the exposed skin. This protects the skin as the healing process occurs, and new skin forms. The most common reason why blisters develop is from excessive friction, which may come from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Additional reasons can include having feet that sweat for the majority of the day, or from medical conditions that can consist of psoriasis and eczema. It is beneficial to cover the blister with an elastic bandage, as this may help to protect it from draining prematurely. If you have a blister on your foot, please consider consulting with a podiatrist who can help you avoid an infection.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Delaware County, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often 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.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Springfield, and Upland, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 11 May 2020 00:00

How Did I Contract Athlete’s Foot?

Skin that is red and peeling between the toes can be indicative of a condition that is known as athlete’s foot. It is a fungal infection, and is caused by fungus that lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. These can consist of public swimming pools, locker rooms, and communal showers. Additional symptoms may include severe itchiness, blisters, and the skin may become thick and cracked. Helpful prevention methods can involve wearing appropriate shoes while in these areas, followed by washing and drying the feet thoroughly. Athlete’s feet can cause pain and discomfort. If you think you are afflicted with this ailment, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can prescribe the necessary medication for an effective treatment.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Delaware County, LLC.  Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Springfield, and Upland, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 04 May 2020 00:00

Stretches That Improve Ankle Mobility

Ankle flexibility can be restored when specific stretches are frequently performed. The range of motion may be improved when ankle circles are implemented. This is accomplished by sitting in a chair while rotating your ankle several times to the right, followed by changing direction. The calf and heels can be strengthened by completing an Achilles tendon stretch. This is done by standing on a step, and lowering and raising the heel several times to stretch the tendons. Many patients find it beneficial to perform a towel stretch, which helps to point and flex the feet. There are many foot stretches that can help the overall foot to maintain balance, in addition to becoming stronger. If you would like more information about the importance of stretching your feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

Why Stretching Is Important for Your Feet

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Delaware County, LLC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first to determine if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous exercise, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Springfield, and Upland, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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