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October 2020

Monday, 19 October 2020 00:00

Should I Go to the Doctor for a Blister?

A blister is a fluid-filled bump that often appears on the foot. Most blisters are the result of excessive friction over a concentrated area of the foot, and are usually not serious. Left alone, they can typically heal without medical intervention. However, sometimes blisters can warrant a visit to the podiatrist. If you have a blister that you think may be infected, it is recommended that you see a doctor as soon as possible, as this can lead to a contagious bacterial infection of the skin, called secondary impetigo, or further complications like cellulitis or sepsis. You should also consult with a podiatrist if your blister is very painful or frequently recurs. For more information about foot blisters, speak with a podiatrist today.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Lovely Foot Associates, PC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 care needs.

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Monday, 12 October 2020 00:00

Quick Treatments for Dry Heels

As the colder months approach, you may find that your heels are becoming increasingly dry and cracked. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done to help. Soaking your feet in a lukewarm oatmeal bath for about 20 minutes and then applying a moisturizer to the feet may help, as can soaking your feet in an Epsom salt bath. You can prevent dry, cracked heels by wearing appropriate footwear and protecting your feet from extremely hot or cold weather. When bathing, avoid exposing your feet to extremely hot water as well. When you wash your feet, choose a soap that doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate or artificial fragrances, as these ingredients can often dry out the feet. If your dry heels persist, or if you develop deep, painful cracks, is it strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist for treatment.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Lovely Foot Associates, PC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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 care needs.

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Monday, 05 October 2020 00:00

Types of Toe, Foot, and Ankle Injuries

At some point throughout our lives, we have all likely experienced an injury to the toe, foot, or ankle. These types of injuries often occur while participating in sports or recreational activities, while doing work-related tasks, or simply while walking around. Injuries of the lower limbs are generally divided into two categories. Acute injuries are those that occur suddenly. Examples of this type of injury include bruises, puncture wounds, injuries to ligaments, injuries to tendons, sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations, and compartment syndrome. Overuse injuries are those caused by repetitive stress being placed on the joint or tissue. Examples of this type of injury include retrocalcaneal bursitis, Achilles tendinopathy, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, and metatarsalgia. If you have injured your toe, foot, or ankle, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment. 

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with one of our podiatrists from Lovely Foot Associates, PC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

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 care needs.

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