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ankle-surgeryMangok Mathiang, the basketball team captain of the Louisville Cardinals, has successfully had surgery. Mathiang had “a screw placed into the broken fifth metatarsal in his left foot,”  which will put Mathiang on recovery for about 6 to 8 weeks. Mathiang had injured his foot during the game against Western Kentucky, attempting to play through the game despite the pain in his foot. He was unable to continue, later realizing he had sustained a broken foot injury.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a foot ailment. Visit one of our podiatrists of Berks Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates. Our doctor can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction
  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Shillington and Hamburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Monday, 18 January 2016 01:05

What is Hyperhidrosis?

swimming3A condition when the body sweats more than what is required to regulate the body’s temperature, hyperhidrosis can be an unsightly and bothersome condition. Although hyperhidrosis has no definite cause, it can be caused by a variety of factors. Those who do have hyperhidrosis may have another condition, such as diabetes or menopause. Symptoms of hyperhidrosis include excessive sweating that occurs sporadically, usually in the palms, face and soles of the feet.

Visit one of our podiatrists of Berks Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates. Our doctor can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Shillington and Hamburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Monday, 11 January 2016 08:41

Women and Stress Fractures

stress-fracturesA possible gender gap may exist between the likelihood of suffering from sports-related injuries, suggests Robert Shmerling, M.D. One of the many injuries that seems to be most common among women more than men is stress fractures. Stress fractures result more often in the foot or lower leg tibia area in women athletes, or women who may have insufficient diets, irregular menstruation cycles, bone loss, and eating disorders. Injuries like stress fractures can be avoided if overall muscles are strengthened.

Activities, where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. If you have any concerns your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Berks Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                  

-people affected with Osteoporosis

-play tennis or basketball

-gymnastics

-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Shillington and Hamburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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broken-foot4Senior Mitchell Loewen, the Arkansas Razorbacks defensive lineman, suffered a broken foot injury and will be unable to play for the rest of the season. Loewen plans to undergo surgery and won’t be playing for the Razorbacks again. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said that “Loewen is the 10th player to break a bone this year for Arkansas.” Loewen has played 10 games for the Razorbacks and was scouted by NFL teams during this season.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you have any concerns with plantar warts on your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Berks Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 (foot)
  • 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 offices located in Shillington and Hamburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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childrens-feet15There are many different varieties of warts, and none of them are pleasant. Plantar warts appear on the bottoms of your feet and are considered contagious. Treatment for your warts involve soaking them in warm water, sanding it, and applying an over-the-counter treatment that has salicylic acid. Cover your wart to prevent further spreading of the infection and repeat the process until the warts are gone.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you have any concerns with plantar warts on your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Berks Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates. Our doctors will treat 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

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

Treatment

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, will 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 offices located in Shillington and Hamburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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fungal-toenail2Arian Foster of the Houston Texans suffered an Achilles tendon injury while running a pass pattern and immediately fell to the ground following suit. Foster has had groin, hamstring, and calf injuries, which prevented him from playing in a full season since 2012. Texans coach Bill O’Brien has no details on the injury yet but believes “ ‘it obviously didn’t look good.’ ” If the injury is too severe, it can end Foster’s rest of the season.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. Visit one of our podiatrists of Berks Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates. Our doctor can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  

- Wearing non-supportive shoes

- Weight change         

- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Shillington and Hamburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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working-on-your-feetDuring late fall and late spring every year, the Stuart Weitzman brand hosts their biannual trunk shows. Known for their extended shoe sizes, the Stuart Weitzman brand makes shoes in slim, narrow, wide, and medium. Their shoe sizes range from 4 to 12. With some advice from their designers, you can figure out how to properly accommodate your feet. For those with narrow feet, use foam soles to expand the insides of your shoes, and opt for buying medium width shoes. If you have wide feet, try buying continental widths rather than American medium widths, or buy half a size bigger. For those with small feet, look overseas--many Asian countries have smaller sizes. And for those with big feet, Stuart Weitzman designers recommend looking into men’s sizes.

Finding a proper fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems.Visit one of our podiatrists of Berks Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates. Our doctor can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, keeping properly fit shoes is vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Shillington and Hamburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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plantar-fasciitis6Craig Leon, the second place American finisher at the New York City Marathon, has a background tale worthy of storybooks. Leon was a former walk-on distance runner at Ohio University and seemed shocked at his finish behind American marathon legend Meb Keflezighi. “This might be the worst buildup I’ve had going into a marathon,” Leon shared. “I had plantar fasciitis that really curtailed my training, and then a month ago I got sick. But that might have been a blessing in disguise, because when I started back running I was pain free, and I felt great during the race.”

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, visit one of our podiatrists of Berks Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates. Our doctor can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·     Excessive running

·     Non-supportive shoes

·     Overpronation

·     Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·     Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·     Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·     Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Shillington and Hamburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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runningNow 10 months old, Sylas Stutz was born with a shorter fibular bone in his right leg and without two toes. When Sylas was diagnosed with fibular hemimelia, doctors originally suggested amputation. Sylas’s mother Krysta Gillen did not see that as an option. After consulting with doctors from the Rubin Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, it was determined that Sylas would only need some of his leg lengthened; surgery would mostly involve construction on his ankle and foot to achieve proper foot support. After Sylas’s birthday in December, Krysta intends to take him to Baltimore to receive a detailed medical plan of his treatments.

Proper foot support is of utmost importance in foot health. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Berks Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates. Our doctor will provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support.

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes. If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

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

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corns2Hammertoe is a common foot condition that can develop over time, often occurring due to the extended wear of high-heeled shoes or shoes that are too small or narrow at the front of the foot. For comfort, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends that shoes be a half-inch longer than the longest toe. Placing cushioned stick-on pads over hammertoes may help prevent sores, corns, or calluses from forming. Orthotic straps and splints can also help keep a hammertoe in place and help reduce discomfort.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. If you are suffering from hammertoes, contact one of our podiatrists of Berks Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

  • Genetics – people who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible
  • Arthritis – because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur
  • Trauma – direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe
  • Ill-fitting shoes – undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe
  • Orthotics – custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it
  • Medications – oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used
  • Surgery – in more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

Treatment

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

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