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In modern times, there have been quite a few advances when it comes to diabetes-related medical care. However, all patients need to monitor their condition. Just ask 84 year old East Orange resident Roselle Hartsfield. Hartsfield has contended with diabetes for over 30 years, suffering a series of complications along the way.

“I have glaucoma in my eyes and two years ago, two of my toes got so badly infected that I had to go into a hyperbaric chamber for 39 days to avoid amputation,” Hartsfield stated. Hartsfield says that she is well aware of the risks associated with diabetes, especially fearing amputation. Hartsfield is a mother of seven, grandmother to fifteen and a great-grandmother to seven.

Diabetics need to monitor their feet closely. If you or a loved one is diabetic, see one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc, Our podiatrists can address your diabeties-related foot and ankle conditions.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet


- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

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A debate has circulated in the world of running, the subject of barefoot running. Advocates of minimalist and barefoot running claim that wearing shoes does not reduce the chance of incurring an injury. Shoe advocates, also called ‘maximalists’, believe that not wearing shoes can greatly increase the chance and rate of sustaining an injury.

In response, some scientists saying that it doesn’t make a difference. The assertion behind this belief is that the only way to truly prevent running injuries is to improve your running habits. “The best shoe for a runner is highly individualized,” Allison Gruber, a researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s biomechanics laboratory, told Outside. There are many factors that play into running injuries besides footwear, such as one’s BMI, training history, pronation, and more.

Many runners enjoy their hobby or sport without shoes. If you think barefoot running might be for you, see one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists can help you determine what’s right for you.    

Barefoot Running

-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running

-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running

-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance.

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Kim Kardashian showed up to a dinner date in New York’s Waverly Inn to celebrate her first Vogue cover with her fiancé and daughter’s father Kanye West.  Kardashian has been seen wearing tight heels that rendered her feet swollen.

Ironically, Kardashian’s feet appeared very similar to last year’s foot woes Kardashian experienced while pregnant.  Kardashian is known for wearing tube style high-heels while she was pregnant, making her the subject of mockery. Kardashian’s dinner date was celebrated with 64 year old American Vogue editor Anna Wintour.  

Many women enjoy wearing high heels, even if they are not ideal footwear. If your feet or ankles are experiencing pain from wearing heels, see one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc, who can treat your foot and ankle symptoms.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts 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.  Also, 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. 

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices in Hamburg, PA or Shillington, PA. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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According to a police summary, notorious celebrity Justin Bieber’s performance on several sobriety tests indicate the bratty singer’s broken foot is a possible excuse for his failure. Bieber claims that a hairline fracture in his right foot from a three month old skateboarding incident is behind his lack of performance.

Even though it is more likely to be an excuse, one officer did note that Bieber had difficulty staying in line as he swayed and had leg tremors during the test, wincing as if he were experiencing pain. Bieber was described by the police as being “agitated and condescending”, making use of frequent profanity when brought to the police station. "He appeared to have great difficulty," the report noted. However, it can also be well noted that the injury was never mentioned or noticed after that test.

A broken foot can really break a spirit. Fortunately, one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc can assist you with your foot and ankle related issues. Our podiatrists are here for you if you or a loved one has such an injury.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is 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 (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

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One of the St. Kilda Saints best players, JackSteven suffered a devastating injury on the field. “Scans conducted late this afternoon revealed a fracture in his right foot which is obviously disappointing for both Jack and the club on the eve of the 2014 season,” said Chris Pelchen, who is the head of St. Kilda’s football. “It’s important to note that the fracture is not stress related and followed an innocuous incident during training.”  The 23 year old midfielder injured his sesamoid bone, so he will still miss at least 8-10 weeks.

Sports related injuries hurt. If you have a foot or ankle injury, see one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists can address your foot and ankle injuries.   

Sport 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.

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Athlete Alex Morgan has been contending with a lingering ankle injury that has kept her off the field since the start of 2014. The Oregonian’s Geoffrey Arnold said that Morgan sprained her left ankle back in October during a training session. Although she was injured Morgan continued to play, which caused her injury to regress into a stress reaction.

"The longest injury I've been out for is my ACL," Morgan said after a team training session. "Now this is creeping up as one of the longest injuries I've ever been out for. It's really hard."    

Ankle sprains are no fun, especially if you’re an athlete. If you suffered a sprain to your ankle, see one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists can treat your ankle sprain with the professionalism and care it needs.

How Do Ankle Sprains Happen?

Sprain injuries take place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are various ways that the ankle can become injured. In fact even the simple act of walking could cause a sprain. Ankle damage can occur by losing footing or walking on uneven terrain.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Skin discoloration

How Can I Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers helps. One of the most important things is avoiding further stress to the affected area.

Preventing Sprains

  • Wearing appropriate shoes
  • Stretching before participating in physical activity
  • Knowing your limitations

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