Tuesday, 08 July 2014 15:45

Illinois Native Defies Arthritis

mary-kaufmanA 32-year-old Illinois woman named Mary Kaufman ran two 5k races last year, a fairly impressive accomplishment. But her feat becomes even more notable when you take into account that she’s been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) since she was a little girl.

Kaufman’s RA makes it easier for her bones to fracture, so training for her races can be hard sometimes. But she refuses to give up, and this year she intends to double the amount of 5ks she completed last year. “When I did my first race last August, it felt really good to finish it, just to know that not only had I done that for myself, but having the arthritis, that I was still able to achieve something like that,” Kaufman said.

Don’t let the agonizing symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis get in the way of your life. If you have this condition, make an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Weldon Lovely of Lovely Foot Associates P.C. Dr. Lovely will work with you to alleviate the discomfort caused by RA with a professional and comprehensive treatment plan.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occurs, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain often initially presents in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if you have a family history of RA, you may be predisposed to suffer from it as well.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition.

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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Johnstown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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achilles-tendonDuring a team practice, the Atlanta Falcons’ Sean Weatherspoon sustained an injury that spells the end of his season for the year. “We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon,” coach Mike Smith said. Since the average recovery time from a ruptured Achilles injuries generally range from six months up to a year, even Weatherspoon’s best efforts haven’t worked.

“Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery.” Smith further said in a team statement.

Achilles tendon injuries can be extremely painful. If you suffered an injury to your Achilles tendon, see podiatrist Dr. Weldon Lovely of Lovely Foot Associates P.C. Dr. Lovely can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Johnstown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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old-sneakersStratford Festival, an annual performing arts events, has about one thousand pairs of shoes are created by a number of professional shoemakers. These custom made shoes are created for the men and women who perform in the theatre productions featured in the event. Many of these performers often request custom specifications since the practice and performing involved often takes its toll on the feet and lower legs.

For example, several performers in the production Crazy for You have asked for an alteration in shoe size in order to allow for more toe room. “It makes a difference as to how you perform, especially with tap dancing,” associate choreographer Kerry Gage, who agrees with these request, says, “Everybody’s feet are entirely different.”

Even if you don’t perform, you still need to make sure you are wearing the proper shoe size. For assistance or even a professional assessment, see Dr. Weldon Lovely of Lovely Foot Associates P.C. Dr. Lovely can address your podiatry related needs.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible.

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foot-binding2Hong Kong photographer Jo Farrell has been creating a photo documentary of the last living women subjected to foot binding, in a project funded by Kickstarter.

This Chinese practice began under the Song Dynasty in the 10th century and wasn’t banned until 1911. In some rural areas, it continued as late as 1939. Small, delicate feet signified status and beauty in the Chinese culture, though achieving feet restricted to children’s lengths was neither a small undertaking nor a delicate process.

Starting between the ages of 4 and 9, girls feet were soaked in mixtures of herbs and animal blood, then the toes were broken and held tightly in place against the soles of the feet with thick bandages. The bones eventually developed in new, contracted formations. Foot binding was often demanded by matchmakers and mothers-in-law to ensure that the woman would be an uncomplaining and obedient wife.

Every Day Foot Care is extremely important to maintain healthy feet. For questions about foot health, see podiatrist Dr. Weldon Lovely of Lovely Foot Associates P.C. Dr. Lovely will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortably tight.

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Bob Satko loves his grandson Blake. Satko’s love is so strong that he is prepared to run 250 miles at his age in order to raise money for those suffering from  Blake’s condition. In 2013, Blake was diagnosed with Fancomi Anemia, an uncommon blood disease that can turn into bone marrow and even develop certain cancers. As a result, the marathon Satko will participate in will be putting raised money towards the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund.  

Two years prior, Satko was involved a previous challenge called a 200 mile run called the Pigtails. Satko developed blisters on his feet and even ran the skin off his feet at the event. “This year I will be much more careful,” Satko said. This year, Satko will run another 50 miles beyond the finish line in support of Blake.

Blisters on the feet are very painful and irritating. If you have blisters on your feet, see podiatrist Dr. Weldon Lovely of Lovely Foot Associates P.C. Dr. Lovely can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet are prone to blister formation easily.

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donna-bayDonna Bay has had surgery on her foot twice in the last year because of an infection she received from a botched pedicure. Bay claims that she was getting a treatment in a salon in Fort Worth when the technician’s hand slipped and cut her foot. She went to a doctor and received antibiotics, but they didn’t do much to alleviate the problem.

Eventually she had to have surgery, which mostly fixed the problem but still left her dealing with occasional bouts of foot pain. Anyone who witnesses a salon health violation like Bay did is encouraged to bring the problem to the attention of their state’s health advisory board immediately.

Foot surgery is never pleasant, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. If you need to have a surgical procedure done on your feet, having a podiatrist like Dr. Weldon Lovely of Lovely Foot Associates P.C. on your side will make the process much more bearable. Dr. Lovely will tell you everything you need to know to prepare for your operation and be there to assist you with your recovery when it’s done.

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
- Reconstruction to attend injuries caused by accidents or malformations

What Types of Surgery Are There?

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

- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, when it is undertaken, if can provide more complete pain relief than before, and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

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

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Johnstown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a special event focused on raising public awareness in regards to sexual violence. Three ROTC cadets wore high heels along with their traditional attire, which made walking in heels a rather painful but worthwhile trek. The ROTC sponsored the event, which was hosted by the SACIS, or Sexual Assault Counseling and Information Services. Craig Sharp, one of the participants, held up a sign that read: “I Am Man Enough to Walk in Her Shoes!”

“We’re huge supporters of these events,” Dan Alix, another participant, said. “This is just one of the great causes,” Alix said.  Even though walking in heels for the first time was “quite painful”, Alix said he knew there was no way he wasn’t going to finish the mile. SACIS executive director Erin Walters said the event was about teaching others empathy. “We want to try and understand what it must be like,” Walters said. “We want to be better allies.”

High heels can be painful for men or women. If you have foot or ankle complications from wearing heels too often, see podiatrist Dr. Weldon Lovely of Lovely Foot Associates P.C. Dr. Lovely can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

Wearing High Heels and How it Affects Feet

High heels affect what parts of the body?

  • Joints in the Ankle
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Achilles Tendon
  • 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.
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe

What problems can arise from long term use of high heels?

How can I maintain my foot health and still wear high heels?

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In hopes of minimizing injuries, lieutenants in the U.S. Army put together a research study. The study, consisting of 1027 soldiers, monitored the running habits and techniques, particularly the amount of force being used.  The lieutenants attempted to correlate the amount of force used when runners hit the ground with the injury rate to see if force was the cause of injury.

Researchers examined their record of injuries while observing their running techniques. The study would conclude that the amount of force used had no bearing on any of the injuries sustained by the soldiers.

Running injuries can happen to even the toughest soldiers. If you have suffered a running injury, see podiatrist Dr. Weldon Lovely of Lovely Foot Associates P.C. Dr. Lovely can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

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.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Johnstown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Dallas Maverick Devin Harris underwent a challenging time in his career. Harris had to go through rehabilitation from an operation on the second metatarsal in his left foot. Harris knew he needed surgery until he saw the results of an examination done by the Mavs’ team doctor T.O. Souryal.

Although Harris’ recovery took longer than expected due to a stress fracture in his left foot, he was finally able to get back on the court. “It’s been a long road since the summer,” Harris said. “We’ve had a lot of things happen, but I stayed positive and worked hard and obviously we’re in a good situation now.”

Many athletes injure their foot or ankle. If your foot or ankle is injured, see podiatrist Dr. Weldon Lovely of Lovely Foot Associates P.C. Dr. Lovely can care for your foot and ankle injuries.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recovery and get back to the sport they love. To do this, podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted so the injured athlete can get back onto the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through the motions of physical therapy or rehabilitation is a necessary process to keeping that injury at bay.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps to keep athletes as active as they are physically capable, which will get them ready to return to the field once their feet become healed. Physical therapy often gives hope to athletes. However in cases where the injury is very serious, the athlete may never be able to return to the game; but this does not mean it is the end of the road, as there is always hope to get better. It is best to seek out rehabilitation as soon as possible so there are better chances for a full recovery, no matter how severe or minor the injury is.

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In preparation for his upcoming movie Chapter 27, actor Jared Leto had to pack on nearly seventy pounds. Leto’s weight gain caused his cholesterol to skyrocket and resulted in the singer-actor becoming inflicted with gout, a painful arthritic disease."Really, it's a stupid thing to do (gaining weight),” Leto said, regarding the gain.

“I got gout, and my cholesterol went up so fast in such a short time that my doctors wanted to put me on Lipitor, which is for much, much older people." Fortunately Leto was able to go on tour with his band 30 Seconds to Mars, which aided the process of getting him down to a healthier weight.

Having gout is can be an incredibly painful experience. If you are experiencing pain in your foot or ankle, see podiatrist Dr. Weldon Lovely of Lovely Foot Associates P.C. Dr. Lovely can assist you with your foot and ankle needs.

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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