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Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

Arthritis and the Toes

One of the parts of the body arthritis can affect is the toes. The symptoms that often accompany this condition are pain in the toes while walking, and the formation of bumps on top of the toes as a result of friction in the joints. Many patients notice their toes becoming stiff, and it may be difficult to bend the big toe. Additionally, the toenails may become affected, and people who have this condition occasionally experience fevers. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of this type of ailment, and typically affects the small joints in the foot. Psoriatic arthritis can affect the toes, and can develop as a result of having an autoimmune disease that is referred to as psoriasis. If you have pain and discomfort from having arthritis in your toes, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

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 joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to 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 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 Gilbert, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Many people tend to wear the wrong size shoe because of convenience or style. However, there are consequences to wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Primarily, wearing ill-fitting shoes may result in neuropathy. Neuropathy is a condition in which the feet will feel numb. This ailment is painful, and sometimes irreversible. Another side effect of wearing ill-fitting shoes is foot deformities. These may include hammer toes, corns and calluses. Finally, failing to wear the correct size shoe may cause falls and reduced mobility. It is worth it to get the feet professionally measured in order to reduce the risk of these ailments. If you have any questions about shoe size, or if you think you may be experiencing one or more of these side effects, it is advised to speak with a podiatrist.

It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

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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Monday, 03 June 2019 00:00

Seniors and Falling

Research has shown that there are many elderly people who experience falling. There are multiple injuries that may occur as a result of falling, including brain trauma, and possible fractures throughout the body. Many seniors develop a fear of falling, and this may limit some of their daily activities. There can be several factors as to why people fall. These include medication that is taken, dim lighting and unsafe living conditions in the home. Additionally, shoes that are worn which do not fit correctly may pose a threat to falling, and long pants can easily cause tripping. It may be beneficial to perform a gentle exercise routine daily, as this can strengthen the body, which can help to prevent falls from occurring. Falling can cause serious foot conditions, so it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper information about falls prevention.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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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Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning?

You use your feet differently when you walk than you do when you run. When you walk, your feet do not experience too much impact. Conversely, when you run, you feel almost three times more impact in your feet. Therefore, having different shoes for the different types of exercise is vital to the overall health of your feet and legs. There are four factors to remember while buying shoes. First, a running shoe should have a more flexible sole than a walking shoe. Next, the heel of a running shoe should be slightly elevated, while the heel of a walking shoe should be flat. A running shoe should additionally give you less motion control than a walking shoe, as your foot moves more while running. Finally, a running shoe should be lighter than a walking shoe, so you can move quickly. If you have any questions about what shoe to use, be sure to contact a podiatrist.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

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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Research has indicated that flip flops may be damaging to your feet, and may negatively affect the overall health of the body. There are several foot conditions that can develop from wearing this type of shoe. These include heel pain which may lead to heel spurs or plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, bruises and blisters. While flip flops are being worn, the arch of the foot lacks support, and this can cause pain in the heel and middle of the foot. Additionally, the toes will typically become strained from attempting to keep the shoe on the foot. Tripping and falling incidents may increase, which can be a result of lack of support.  If you would like additional information about the way flip flops affect the feet, please speak to a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

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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Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

What Causes Gout Attacks?

The symptoms that are associated with gout often involve severe pain located at the base of the big toe. If a gout attack suddenly occurs, it may last for several weeks, and it may not develop again for a significant amount of time. The affected area is typically swollen and can feel sensitive when touched. Gout is a result of elevated uric acid levels in the bloodstream and is produced by eating foods that are high in purine levels. These types of foods include red meat, shellfish, and alcohol, if consumed in large amounts. Some patients may have existing medical conditions that can play a significant role in developing gout. These can include diabetes, high blood pressure, or poor kidney function. Research has shown that there are measures that can be implemented to potentially prevent gout attacks. Maintaining a regular exercise regime and incorporating healthy eating habits into your life can help limit painful gout attacks. If you are afflicted with this ailment, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat gout.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor 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 Gilbert, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 06 May 2019 00:00

Types of Effective Foot Surgery

There are several types of foot conditions that may require surgery if other treatment methods are ineffective. A bunion is considered to be a deformity affecting the side of the big toe. If you have a bunion, and would like it to be permanently removed, this type of surgery is referred to as a bunionectomy. When this is completed, some patients find it helpful to have their toes straightened, and will undergo an osteotomy. If pain is experienced in the toe area, this may be indicative of a neuroma, which is commonly referred to as “pinched nerves”. The affected area may feel numb, and can possibly interfere with everyday activities. Surgery may be an option for relief by removing the damaged tissue surrounding the nerve. If you have severely broken your foot, having a fusion performed may be a consideration for relief. This surgery uses screws to connect and realign the bones. If you are experiencing foot pain, and would like additional information about foot surgery, please consult with a podiatrist.

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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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 00:00

Reminder: When was the last time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

Types of Foot and Ankle Injuries

A common foot condition that is known as plantar fasciitis will often produce pain and discomfort in the heel area of the foot. This occurs as a result of excessive pressure that is gradually put on the heels, if the calf muscles are not properly stretched. Runners who increase their distance or running speed too quickly can develop stress fractures. If you unexpectedly step off a curb, your ankle can roll inward, resulting in an ankle sprain.  The Achilles tendon connects the heel bone to the calf muscles, and if this should become torn, it is possible that Achilles tendinitis will develop. If you had an injury that has caused foot pain, it is advised that you speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible, so a proper diagnosis can be determined.

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 Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor 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 Gilbert, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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