When it comes to running, selecting the appropriate footwear is essential for comfort, performance, and injury prevention. For long-distance running, cushioned shoes with ample support are ideal to absorb shock and reduce fatigue, enhancing endurance. Trail running demands shoes with rugged outsoles and superior traction to navigate uneven terrain and provide stability on rocky paths. If you are into sprinting or track running, lightweight shoes with minimal cushioning and a snug fit promote agility and speed. Cross-training shoes offer versatility for various activities, blending features suitable for running, jumping, and lateral movements. For those with overpronation or flat feet, motion-control shoes with reinforced arch support help correct gait imbalances and prevent injuries. Conversely, neutral shoes suit runners with normal pronation, offering balanced cushioning and support. If you have developed pain from wearing the wrong type of running shoes, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can treat any foot ailment, and educate you about what type of shoes to purchase for your running style.

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

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If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Foot health serves as a silent communicator, often revealing underlying issues within the body. Foot cramps, seemingly innocuous, can indicate dehydration or nutrient deficiencies, while swollen feet may signify heart, kidney, or circulatory problems. Cold feet could be a sign of poor circulation or thyroid dysfunction, requiring attention to prevent further complications. Similarly, tingling sensations in the feet may point to a pinched nerve elsewhere in the body. Ignoring these signals can lead to developing health issues over time. Paying attention to foot health is thus imperative, not just for comfort but for overall well-being. Regular foot care, including proper footwear, moisturizing, and gentle exercises, can promote circulation and alleviate discomfort. However, if symptoms persist, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. 

When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, it is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly.  If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric needs.

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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Custom-made orthotics are frequently prescribed for children to address various foot and lower limb issues. These specialized shoe inserts are tailored to each child's unique needs, correcting biomechanical imbalances and providing support where necessary. Orthotics may be needed to manage conditions like flat feet, overpronation, or foot deformities, ensuring proper alignment and preventing discomfort or injury. Involving parents in the orthotic prescription process is important for successful treatment. Educating parents about the benefits of orthotics and the importance of compliance ensures they understand their child's needs and can support treatment adherence. Follow-up appointments are critical to monitor progress, make adjustments as needed, and address any concerns. Encouraging compliance in wearing orthotics among children can be facilitated by involving them in the selection process, ensuring comfort and style preferences are considered. Additionally, positive reinforcement, praise for wearing orthotics consistently, and integrating them into daily routines can help foster acceptance and compliance. Fortunately, many children find orthotics comfortable and appreciate the support they provide for their active lifestyles. If your child has foot problems, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for diagnosis and care, in addition to discussing whether custom orthotics may provide relief.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

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

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As we age, our bodies undergo various changes, and the feet are often affected. Elderly individuals usually experience common foot ailments that can significantly impact their mobility and quality of life. Among these ailments are bunions, which are painful bony bumps that form at the base of the big toe, often causing discomfort and difficulty in wearing shoes. Another prevalent issue is plantar fasciitis, characterized by inflammation of the tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, leading to heel pain, especially with the first steps in the morning. Additionally, corns and calluses frequently develop due to friction and pressure, causing thickened and hardened areas of skin that can be painful to walk on. It is vital for elderly individuals to seek proper care and treatment for these foot ailments to alleviate discomfort and maintain their mobility and independence for as long as possible. If you are elderly and have developed foot pain or specific foot conditions, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer you relief options, in addition to guiding you on exceptional foot care practices.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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-threatening 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 Gilbert, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Symptoms of Arthritis in the Foot

Symptoms associated with arthritis in the foot can significantly impact mobility and quality of life. Persistent pain, stiffness, and swelling in the foot and ankle joints are all symptoms of arthritis. They are usually more noticeable in the morning or after periods of inactivity. Some patients may also experience redness, warmth in the joints, or a reduced range of motion, which makes it difficult to walk or perform daily activities comfortably. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, can diagnose arthritis through a clinical examination and medical history assessment. Imaging tests such as X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans are often used to view the extent of joint damage and to distinguish between types of arthritis, like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Blood tests may also be conducted to check for markers of inflammation or autoimmune disorders. Understanding the specific type of arthritis that affects the foot is important to tailor the appropriate treatment and management plan. If you have arthritis in the foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for targeted care. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

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

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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Surgery for flat feet, also known as flatfoot reconstruction, presents individuals with both advantages and disadvantages to consider before making a decision. On the positive side, surgery can correct structural abnormalities, realign bones and tendons, and restore the arch of the foot, potentially alleviating pain and improving mobility. For individuals experiencing severe symptoms or those whose quality of life is significantly affected by flat feet, surgery can offer long-term relief and enhanced functionality. However, it is essential to weigh the potential drawbacks. Surgery entails inherent risks, including infection, nerve damage, and prolonged recovery periods. Additionally, the success of the procedure may vary, and there's no guarantee of complete symptom resolution. Furthermore, undergoing surgery requires a commitment to post-operative rehabilitation and lifestyle adjustments, such as avoiding high-impact activities and wearing supportive footwear. If you have flat feet that are causing you discomfort, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can help you determine if surgery is right for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Barbara Davis of Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

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

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

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:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

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 feel free to contact our office located in Gilbert, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Vascular Testing of the Feet

Vascular testing of the feet by podiatrists is a critical diagnostic tool in assessing blood flow and circulation, especially in patients with diabetes or peripheral artery disease. Podiatrists employ various techniques to evaluate vascular health, including ankle-brachial index, or ABI measurements, Doppler ultrasound, and toe pressure measurements. ABI compares blood pressure in the ankle to that in the arm, indicating potential arterial blockages. Doppler ultrasound assesses blood flow velocity and direction, identifying narrowing or blockages in arteries. Toe pressure measurements gauge the pressure in the toes, offering insight into distal circulation. Indicators for conducting vascular testing include symptoms like leg pain, wounds that do not heal, or changes in skin color or temperature. Obstacles to performing these tests may include time, limited access to equipment, or patient discomfort. If you notice discomfort in your feet and toes that may indicate a circulation issue, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist so that if vascular testing is needed, it is done so in a timely manner.

Vascular testing plays an important part in diagnosing disease like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or diabetes, consult with Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Vascular Testing?

Vascular testing checks for how well blood circulation is in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysms. Podiatrists utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, a podiatrist may determine a vascular test to be prudent to check for poor blood circulation.

How Is it Conducted?

Most forms of vascular testing are non-invasive. Podiatrists will first conduct a visual inspection for any wounds, discoloration, and any abnormal signs prior to a vascular test.

 The most common tests include:

  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) examination
  • Doppler examination
  • Pedal pulses

These tests are safe, painless, and easy to do. Once finished, the podiatrist can then provide a diagnosis and the best course for treatment.

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Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a condition characterized by narrowing or blockage of the arteries, typically in the legs, due to the buildup of fatty deposits. This restricts blood flow to the limbs, affecting the feet and causing various symptoms. Those at risk include smokers, diabetic patients, individuals with high blood pressure or cholesterol, and those with a family history of cardiovascular disease. Symptoms may include leg pain, cramping, numbness, weakness, or coldness in the feet and legs, especially during physical activity. However, some people with PAD may not experience any symptoms, a condition known as asymptomatic PAD. A podiatrist evaluates PAD through a comprehensive consultation, which may include assessing symptoms, and medical history, and performing tests like ankle-brachial index measurements or Doppler ultrasound to determine blood flow. Treatment focuses on managing symptoms, improving circulation, and reducing the risk of complications through lifestyle changes, medications, or surgical interventions. If you suffer from foot symptoms of PAD, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for care.

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heal
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

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