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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Monday, 22 February 2016 11:47

Tarsal Coalition, One Cause of Flat Feet

flat feet11Tarsal coalition occurs when the foot doesn’t form properly, resulting in a “fixed” flat foot. Those who have tarsal coalition or are born with flat feet may experience pain and oftentimes these conditions require surgery to fix. The development of flat feet can also be caused by the foot rolling inward during physical activity, injury, or poorly-fitting shoes. It’s important to make sure that you don’t press on your arches as you stand or do physical activity. Being aware of how you move, your walking patterns, training and addressing your balance can all prevent the development of flat feet.

Most arches will develop in children after a certain age. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, consult with one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle information and treatment.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

Pain around the heel or arch area

Trouble standing on the tip toe.

Swelling around the inside of the ankle.

Flat look to one or both feet.

Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of 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, 15 February 2016 04:33

Wear a Proper Fitting Shoe to avoid Friction

foot pain5According to the Valley News team, it is very important to consider what you put on your feet during the winter months. Dr. Richard Arness states. “The type of shoe you wear is very important because that provides that friction between the bottom of your foot and the ground.” While there are many shoes out there are very stylish and cute for the winter, they may not protect you against winter injury. A good grip is essential to preventing potential injury.

Finding a proper fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, consult with one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

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 proper 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, improper 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, proper fitting 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 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, 08 February 2016 14:08

Neuropathy in Diabetic Patients

toenail fungus7Diabetic patients should take care in treating their feet and should visit the podiatrist yearly. It’s essential that diabetic patients inspect their feet daily for any injuries, as diabetes can reduce blood flow to the feet, leading to neuropathy, the loss of sensation. Neuropathy can be damaging if patients do not check their feet daily. Neuropathy can be tested in patients through checking feelings of touch, temperature, pain, or any other sensation. As soon as neuropathy is diagnosed, patients should check their feet often, keep them clean and wear proper footwear to protect them from injury.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle information and treatment.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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, 01 February 2016 09:43

Facts About Gout

gout3Also known as the “disease of kings,” gout can be a very debilitating condition. A form of arthritis, gout is caused by an excess production of uric acid in the body, which can lead to painful swelling in the joints. However, there are many different treatment options for gout, and that includes controlling what you consume. Avoid shellfish, red meat, excessive alcohol, and high-fructose foods. Gout occurs more often in older age groups, and is linked to obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. To treat gout, have your uric acid levels monitored and managed often.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle information and treatment.

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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broken foot6The Rutgers basketball men’s team has lost its freshman forward/center player, Ibrahima Diallo, after he suffered a fractured foot during practice. This news means that Rutgers will have only two men for the game against Monmouth, and maybe even for the upcoming Big Ten schedule. The team’s best player, junior forward Deshawn Freeman, is on recovery since December 1 for a knee injury. Another player, sophomore center Shaq Doorson, is also out with a broken foot. Diallo’s injury now puts the Rutgers basketball men’s team in a challenging situation.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you have any concerns, consult with one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors will assist you with all of 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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Arthritis5British researchers at Manchester University published their findings on arthritis in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Their findings suggest that eating and exercising at a set time every day can help combat the effects of arthritis. This practice allegedly leads to small genes creating “biological clocks” in the body, which can help maintain healthy cartilage. Arthritis exists as a debilitating disease that leads to the wearing and tearing of cartilage of joints, which can affect overall mobility. Dr. Qing-Jung Meng, a biologist at Manchester University, found that these small body clocks encourage the mending of damaged cartilage and can be activated by continual daily exercise.  

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle information and treatment.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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 walkingWalking at a slower speed than normal may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s. Although walking is considered a healthy exercise for everyone, those who are elderly and slowly may have symptoms associated with having increased amyloid amounts, an abnormal protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Research done in France suggests that there is a possible association “between slow walking speed and amyloid in several areas of the brain, including a region called the putamen.” Natalia del Campo, the study author at the Gerontopole and the Centre of Excellence in Neurodegeneration of Toulouse, says that “subtle walking disturbances” may be one attributable symptom linked to memory concerns.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. For professional help, see one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors will ensure that your feet receive the care that they need.

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 feel free to contact our office located in Johnstown, PA. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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broken foot4Stress fractures are caused by exercising too frequently and putting too much pressure on your feet. Steve Karageanes, the medical director of sports medicine, works at St. Mary Mercy Livonia and MercyElite Sports Performance, suggests physical therapy or performance training to prevent foot and ankle injuries. Fractures are tiny cracks in your bones that can be prevented by “gradually increas[ing] training intensity and duration, strengthen[ing] the muscles supporting your core, and alternat[ing] your activities.”  According to Karageanes, physical therapy and performance training can help with improving mobility and function, stabilizing chronic malalignment, managing pain, and improving overall balance.

Activities, where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. For professional help, see one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors will ensure that your feet receive the care that they need.

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.

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Monday, 28 December 2015 04:16

HFMD Popular in Younger Children

stretching2Consult your doctor about any infections you may find on your children’s feet. Hand-foot-mouth-disease (HFMD) is characterized as an acute infectious disease caused by an enterovirus, which can cause unsightly and painful lesions and boils on the skin as well as fever or cold and flu symptoms. The disease affects the hands, arms, mouth, and buttocks areas in addition to the feet region. HFMD is most common in children who are ages 1 to 5, and the symptoms are similar in appearance to chicken pox. There is no specific cure or treatment, but symptoms often dissipate after 3 to 7 days.

When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly. For professional help, see one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, P.C. Our doctors will ensure that your feet receive the care that they need.

Systemic Diseases of the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

Peripheral Vascular Disease – can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.

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