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November 2020

Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

The Difference Between Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses occur due to friction or pressure on the feet. While calluses are usually asymptomatic and cover a broader area of skin, corns are deeper, more focused and more painful. Corns are usually pea-sized, have a plug, and extend deep into the surface of the skin. Calluses tend to stay closer to the surface, without a plug. Treatment options for both include manual removal, cushioning the affected area, and adjusting biomechanics, such as changing your shoes. Patients who frequently have issues with corns and calluses should consult with a podiatrist for proper preventative measures and various treatment options.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Delaware County, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

Preventing Falls for Seniors

Falling is a major cause of injury among older adults. Not only can falls cause physical injury, but they can also psychologically impact the person who has fallen and lead to increased fear of walking and reduced independence. The best way to avoid these issues is to prevent falling in the first place. Some strategies that may help prevent falls around the house include installing grab bars and a shower seat in the bathroom, clearing the stairs, making sure that the steps are visible, tightening any loose handrails, removing excess furniture, cords, or rugs that can lead to tripping, and installing brighter lighting. It may also be beneficial to evaluate the senior’s footwear to make sure it is well-fitted, comfortable, and supportive, and to use a mobility aid such as a cane. For more information about falls prevention, consult with a podiatrist.

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 our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Delaware County, LLC. Our doctors 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 offices located in Springfield, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

What Is a Foot Osteotomy?

An osteotomy is a type of surgery that removes parts of a bone in your foot. The bone is then reshaped to relieve pain and pressure from a deformity or injury. Some conditions that may require this surgery are fractures, bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet. Prior to undergoing an osteotomy, the doctor will take X-rays of your foot to diagnose your condition and plan the surgery. The purpose of osteotomies are to relieve pain, improve alignment and walking, and reduce the likelihood of arthritis. This type of surgery is done while you are under anesthesia. After the surgery, you may be required to use crutches to keep weight off of your foot. For more information about osteotomies, and to find out if surgery may be an option for you, consult with a podiatrist. 

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Delaware County, LLC. Our doctors 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 offices located in Springfield, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Saturday, 14 November 2020 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Monday, 09 November 2020 00:00

Tips for Choosing Your Child's First Shoes

Healthy feet in children often begins with limiting the wearing of shoes and socks while indoors. This can help babies to move and stretch their toes, which can make the overall foot stronger. There are some parents who prefer to have their infants wear wool booties, and it is best if they are purchased in a size that is large enough to allow maximum freedom while crawling. When children are old enough to walk outside, it is recommended that their first shoes are made of flexible materials. Additionally, it is important to ensure that there is adequate room for the toes to move freely in the shoes. If you have questions about the development of your child's feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you many have.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Delaware County, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

An Exercise for Arch Pain

If you are experiencing pain in the arch of your foot, you may find some relief by regularly performing foot stretches. One exercise that you can do is called a plantar fascia stretch. This exercise stretches the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. To do this stretch, sit in a chair and put the foot that hurts on top of the opposite knee. Hold the heel of your foot with one hand and hold the toes with the other hand. Gently pull your heel towards the body while simultaneously pulling the toes back with your other hand. Hold for 15-30 seconds, and repeat this stretch 2-4 times. You should feel a stretch along the bottom of your foot. For more information about what you can do to relieve arch pain, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Delaware County, LLC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the 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.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • 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 offices located in Springfield, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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