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childrens-feet2Children are often at risk for many things, including foot odor. When it comes to foot odor, the smell is usually caused by bacteria or excessive sweating. For children combating foot odor, parents should frequently wash their feet with antibacterial soap. Additionally, children should always wear clean socks and switch footwear consistently.

If excessive sweating becomes a problem, it may help to wash the child’s shoes once in a while. Always make sure that shoes don’t fit too tightly, which could also be the cause of excessive sweating. Keep in mind that topical antiperspirant medicine may be a useful alternative if the above suggestions fail.

All parents need to care for their children’s feet. If your child needs foot treatment, see one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists will care for your child’s foot needs.

How to Keep Your Child’s Feet Healthy

Throughout childhood, it is very crucial for children to have and maintain good health and proper care of their feet. With good foot health starting at an early age, foot problems and diseases can be prevented in the future. As children continue to develop so do their feet, and require different techniques of care and maintenance.

Even though babies do not begin walking until later stages, their feet should be taken care of properly:

  • Stay away from socks that are too tight for your baby’s feet. This can cause pain and allow less circulation
  • Encourage your baby to move their feet as much as possible so they feel comfortable with them

When your baby begins to learn how to walk, do not panic if they are unsteady on their feet. Toddlers are just getting used to the way in which their feet work so wobbliness is completely acceptable.

When your child grows out of their toddler years, here are a few steps they should take to stay with good health within their feet:

  • Practice proper hygiene with them
  • Be observant of any injuries that might occur

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A study printed in Arthritis and Rheumatology suggests that cherries can serve as a preventive measure against recurring flare-ups in gout patients. The study involved 633 patients who were monitored for almost a year. Scientists focused on of how frequently the patients developed flare-ups and tried to correlate their cherry and cherry extract consumption. Surprisingly, the scientists came to the conclusion that there was a 35% reduced risk of having a gout attack within the two day period post cherry consumption.

Gout can be a debilitating, painful experience. If you are struggling with pain in your foot or ankle, see one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists can provide aid with your foot and ankle troubles.  

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever. 

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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Caris-LeVertMichigan State athlete Caris LeVert suffered a stress fracture in his foot. As a result, LaVert required surgery to have his injury repaired. Unfortunately, this means that LaVert will be benched for approximately eight to ten weeks. But, Michigan State coach John Belein is optimistic, saying that “He is doing well . . . We are confident he will participate in our late summer training and play in our August trip to Europe.”

Although he has chosen to return to school, LeVert is among consideration for NBA drafting LeVert is said to be partaking in the Kevin Durant Skills Academy later this summer.

Foot and ankle stress fractures can be painful. If you injured your foot or ankle, see one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse. As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

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Painful feet often come with what kind of shoes you’re wearing. If you choose style over comfort, you’re in the majority and it comes with a cost, according to WRIC Newsroom. Shoes come in a variety of colors, heel height, style and consumers like Alaini Smoot can’t seem to get enough of them.

"I adore shoes," says the 17-year-old as she browses through the aisles at Saxon Shoes in Short Pump. Smoot estimates she has more pairs than she can count on her two hands. "Every shoe I go for is going to be fun and cute."

Saxon Shoes President Gary Weiner says "When they like something, they really want it. Sometimes size goes out the window."  That’s when complications of the feet, like bunions and foot pain may develop.  

Bunions are a common problem. If you have bunions, see one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists can help you with your foot and ankle needs.

 

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth enlargement, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big to become inflamed and often painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary, particularly among Caucasians
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that place undue stress on feet, such as heels and stilettos, can cause bunions to form
  • Blood Tests – to help rule out other conditions while finding underlying causes to bunions, especially from disease
  • Radiological Exam- X-rays can show whether there are any joint enlargements near the toe’s base, which can indicate a bunion

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Podiatrists knowledgeable in anatomy and foot structure can be able to diagnose bunions through the following two methods:

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Since 2002, Deborah Cole Thomas has struggled with osteoarthritis in her feet and ankles. As a result of her condition, the 60 year old needed multiple surgeries and requires pain medication on a constant basis.

Fortunately, The University of Pittsburgh is conducting research to aid patients in situations similar to Thomas. Cellular and molecular engineering expert Rocky S. Tuan has his team using 3D printers to make replacement joints out of stem cells and scaffolding material. According to their research, the artificial joints just might be more effective than the metal and plastic joints that are used now.

Like Thomas, some people need foot surgery for their podiatric conditions. If you are contending with foot or ankle pain, consult one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists can help you with your foot and ankle needs.

 When Surgery is Necessary

Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem.  Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:

  • Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
  • Painful nerves
  • Congenital deformities
  • Misaligned bones

The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them.  With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.

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American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons member Dr. H. Ashley Ledger claims that the amount of teens and the young adult population contending with inflammation in the foot and ankle have been increasing. The sole to blame is flip-flops. The reason this shoe type is blamed is because flip-flops lack the necessary support and shock absorption in order to aid movement.  

Flip-flops are linked to conditions such as plantar fasciitis, and have been diagnosed more frequently among the teenage and young adult crowd. “We’re seeing more heel pain than ever in patients 15 to 25 years old, a group that usually doesn’t have this problem,” Dr. Ledger said. “A major contributor is wearing flip-flop sandals with paper-thin soles every day to school.”

Flip flops provide poor support.  If your have foot pain, contact one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists will treat your podiatric needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result; make sure you are purchasing your flip-flops from a respected brand too.

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According to Google, runners are more likely to incur an injury during the spring season. Specifically, the most common running injury tends to be shin splints, a lower leg complication.

Many doctors have stated that they usually see a rise in patients coming to see them with shin splints and other lower extremity injuries during the start of Spring. “When the weather starts to get nice, people get excited and start running again, and they just haven't been doing it for a while,” said Dr. Matthew Silvis, a family and sports medicine physician at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Running injuries can happen to anyone. If you are injured while running, consider seeing one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.

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35 year old UK resident Marion Laverty is training for an upcoming marathon despite being pregnant with her second child. Fortunately, the mom-to-be has the support and approval of her doctor and midwife. With the marathon set for May 25, Laverty has stated that her goal is to finish within three hours and fifteen minutes, one hour shy of her normal finishes. To achieve that goal, Laverty works in a gentle, light exercise regimen of short jogs and aerobic exercises.

Generally speaking, expectant mothers are encouraged to exercise during their pregnancy, although it is more recommended to engage in safer activities such as swimming. When it comes to Laverty participating in the marathon, she says “I’m not advocating every pregnant woman does it, but if it’s something you have always done, research will tell you that you are capable.”

Even the healthiest pregnant woman may experience discomfort and pain in her feet and ankles. If you are one such individual, take the time and consult with one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc, Our podiatrists can treat your foot and ankle needs with the professionalism and care you deserve.


What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?
One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.   
Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages.  

How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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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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