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Monday, 28 November 2016 11:53

What is Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease?

feet6The number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is on the rise, especially among children at schools, as the disease is highly contagious. School administrators at the Ministry of Health advise that children who have the disease stay at home “for at least seven days.” Additionally, they advise that any immediate objects in the school environment should be cleaned frequently to help reduce the spread of the virus. Good hygiene as well as caution during close contact should be encouraged among your children to help toward prevention of HFMD.

Making sure that your children maintain foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact 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.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in 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 from birth to school-age.

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 of 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 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, 21 November 2016 11:56

Foot Care for the Elderly

diabetic foot care11As we get older, we become more prone to foot problems. We lose the cushioning in our feet and our nails and skin become brittle and dry without proper treatment. Poor circulation also becomes a common problem among seniors, leading to an increased risk of foot sores. Proper circulation can be improved with daily exercise. Elderly are also advised to avoid wearing tight socks, sitting for long periods of time, to wear comfortable footwear, and to maintain good foot hygiene. Improperly-fitting shoes can lead to long-term problems such as corns, bunions and calluses.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact 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.

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 threating 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 Littlestown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 14 November 2016 16:50

Preventing Plantar Warts

feet8Working out at the gym can be one important way to maintain good physical health.   When exercising in public places, however, there is always an elevated risk of coming into contact with bacteria and viruses that are new to our own personal immune system.  Plantar warts are one of the conditions that might crop up when someone is exposed to warm, humid environments.  Caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), plantar warts appear as hard, callus like areas on the foot.  They can be very painful when even walking around normally.  There are various procedures for this condition that range from surgery to laser treatments.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact 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.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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, 07 November 2016 15:41

Kevin White Recovering from Surgery

foot surgery3Bears receiver Kevin White is recovering after having surgery to repair the fracture in his left fibula. Coach John Fox explained that “the surgery was more complicated than inserting a pin into the bone.” Doctors believed that surgery was the best way to get the injury mended correctly and successfully. White could return to practice in five weeks and games in seven weeks. As a result of the injury, the Bears are expected to bring back first-round pick cornerback Kyle Fuller.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a foot ailment. To learn more, contact 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.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

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

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • 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 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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