foot care6Metatarsalgia is characterized as forefoot pain in which either a single or multiple factors can cause the condition. Morton’s neuroma is one particular metatarsalgia condition in which fibrous tissue begins growing on nerves between the third and fourth metatarsals. This can lead to pain and discomfort. Morton’s neuroma can be caused by intense contact sports or ill-fitting shoes. Other symptoms of the condition involve numbness, tingling, or burning in between the toes.

Morton’s Neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma contact one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • -Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • -Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • -Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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broken foot6Since UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjosbroke his foot, he expects to be in recovery for six more weeks, which he started in early March. He sustained the injury while training and had to pull out of the match against Conor McGregor at UFC 196. Nate Diaz took his place. He posted pictures on his Instagram indicating that his feet were “healing up well,” and he was having his foot cast changed.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. 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 office located in Johnstown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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broken foot4Kavon Frazier wasn’t aware he was playing last season with a stress fracture foot injury. The Central Michigan safety had a standard X-ray performed on his feet by NFL officials, which determined that there was a fracture in his right foot. “I had no idea, no physical pain,” said Frazier. Frazier planned to have his injury re-examined before making any final decisions.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. 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 office located in Johnstown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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running shoe9Why do people often suffer from running injuries? There can be many different reasons, according to greatist.com. Avoid looking down directly at your feet when you run, as it can avert your overall balance. Make sure that your shoes properly fit your feet, and get your feet measured up to size. Avoid overstriding, in which your strides are too far apart, as well as avoid crossing your arms too far as you run. Be mindful of overworking your body. Do not run for too long without proper rest and stretching.

Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors 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. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

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 keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Monday, 04 April 2016 10:45

Michael Kastama, the “Barefoot Guy”

barefoot running7Michael Kastama is known famously around University of Washington as the “barefoot guy,” walking around campus without any footwear. Kastama grew up barefoot, and currently is an avid runner who runs barefoot. He says “forgoing shoes helped his flatfoot and made him faster.” Modern research about barefoot running is inconclusive, but there have been theories that suggest that going barefoot could “mellow the spike in force on a runner’s foot and reduc[e] pressure on a runner’s knees.”

Barefoot running has its own share of benefits and disadvantages. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of 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.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? 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. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

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

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slower walkingAs you age, you may start experiencing heel pain or pain in your feet. There are many different reasons, as your muscles and joints are prone to wear and tear as you get older. According to high50.com, “the fatty pads on the bottom of the feet [begin] losing their lovely cushioning effect as we age.” Arthritis and plantar fasciitis are also commonly known conditions associated with aging that can cause pain and inflammation.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions

Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.

Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.

Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:

Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe

Shoes that don’t fit properly

Pressure sores

Loss of circulation in legs & feet

Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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gout3Gout has historically been known as “the disease of kings,” affecting those who were wealthy and could afford to drink and eat excessively. However, gout cases have been increasing since the 1960s, and the condition can be very debilitating for your body’s joints. Gout occurs when uric acid isn’t filtered out properly in the body and uric acid levels increase, leading to joint pain. The best way to treat gout is managing your diet. Opt for eating foods that can help reduce your uric acid levels, such as cherries, milk, and coffee. Avoid high-sugar foods, red meat and seafood, and alcohol.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Monday, 14 March 2016 14:38

Treating Your Blisters

blister6Anyone can get blisters on their feet, so how’s the best way to cope with them, especially if you plan on doing a lot of physical activity? Treatment options for your blisters can include putting products like Vaseline on your blisters, to provide protection and prevent further rubbing from your shoes. Other solutions include coconut oil, a liquid band-aid, thick socks, aloe vera, and band-aids designed specifically for blisters. Don’t pick or try to pop your blister when it’s not ready, and make sure to let it air out after your physical activity.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 office located in Johnstown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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broken ankle3Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets left the game against the Los Angeles Clippers with a sprained ankle. Beverley seems to be in recovery and will have about a day off before his team has to play against the Detroit Pistons. Beverley’s status was currently unknown at the time, but Jason Terry and Ty Lawson will serve as replacements if Beverley’s condition is worse than it seems.

Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you are experiencing pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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Monday, 29 February 2016 08:37

Stretch Feet to avoid Aches

plantar fasciitis6If your feet are aching, it may be because they aren’t stretched and maintained. If you exercise often or you’re just walking around and you feel your legs and feet aching, you may need to start strengthening your muscles. There are simple stretches designed to help target certain muscles in your legs and feet, which can alleviate pain and soreness. These stretches include squatting throughout the day, tai chi and yoga stances, and stretching your calves, quadriceps, hamstrings and thighs, back and hip.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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

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