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high heel16Over 100,000 people recently signed a petition to ban high heels from company dress codes. A woman named Nicole Thorpe was kicked out of her workplace for refusing to wear high heels on the job. Many women are educating themselves on the dangers of high heels and switching to sneakers instead as a result. Indian doctor Swapnil Zambre says, “A switch like this would decrease knee, back, and heel pain by as much as 70 percent.” Humans are designed to walk barefoot, and high heels keep your feet at an unnatural elevation. It is important to be aware of the negative effects of high heels, in order to protect the health of your feet.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Todd Goldberg of Complete Family Foot Care Center, P.C. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because their style and societal appeal. Despite this, they can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain. Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising. If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available.

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

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Monday, 24 October 2016 15:59

Arthritis Can Affect Anyone and Everyone

Arthritis5Arthritis can affect anyone, regardless of their age. The CDC has reported that nearly 300,000 children and over 50 million adults have been diagnosed with a type of arthritis. Symptoms of arthritis include aching, stiffness, or swelling, in or around the joints. If arthritic symptoms go untreated, they may worsen over time. However, there are many treatment options available for those that suffer from arthritis. Low impact exercise, meditation, and hot and cold therapy can all help reduce inflammation.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment,contact Dr. Todd Goldberg of Complete Family Foot Care Center, P.C. Our doctorcan provide the podiatric treatment you seek.

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 one of our offices located in Littlestown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 17 October 2016 15:57

Corns: Unsightly Nuisance on the Skin

hammertoe4Corns seem to be one of the more common foot problems that plague women. Also grouped in with hammertoes, corns form as a result of continual rubbing and pressure against the skin. In response, “the skin tries to protect itself by forming a thick corn versus breaking down and ulcerating.” Corns can be a painful, unsightly nuisance on the skin. Avoid tight-fitting shoes, as they can contribute to the forming of corns.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Todd Goldberg of Complete Family Foot Care Center, P.C. Our doctor can provide the podiatric treatment you seek.

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. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

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

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Monday, 10 October 2016 15:52

Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis

toenail fungus7If you feel a sharp pain in your foot when you get out of bed in the morning, there is a chance you may have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the flat ligament in the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed. It is the most common heel pain that people deal with, and it is most often seen in people who do a lot of standing. Soldiers, middle-aged people, and athletes usually tend to suffer from plantar fasciitis. The condition itself can develop from wearing inappropriate footwear such as flip-flops or worn out shoes.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Todd Goldberg of Complete Family Foot Care Center, P.C. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

· Excessive running

· Non-supportive shoes

· Overpronation

· Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

· Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

· Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

· Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Littlestown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 03 October 2016 15:21

Tips for Comfortable Feet

feet7Aching feet can be very troublesome and distracting while on the job. Fortunately, there are some tips you can use to make your feet more comfortable. The first tip is to buy your shoes in the afternoon, because that is when feet swell the most. There should be about one centimeter of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. Another tip is to make sure your feet are moisturized. However, you should avoid putting moisturizer between your toes, because that may lead to athlete’s foot. Lastly, you should not ignore pain in your feet. If you are experiencing a constant pain that will not go away, you should go see a podiatrist for help.

Every day foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checkedcontact Dr. Todd Goldberg of Complete Family Foot Care Center, P.C. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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