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Your feet are covered a good part of the day. If you are diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often another sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

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Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

What Causes Flat Feet?

The medical condition that is known as flat feet refers to feet that have low or absent arches. Most babies are born with this condition, and the arches will naturally develop as the feet become stronger. In some patients, the arches never develop, and this may cause pain and discomfort. The reasons why flat feet can develop may be from an injury that has occurred to the foot or ankle, or existing medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, or diabetes. The noticeable signs that you may have flat feet can include uneven wear and tear on your shoes, and your feet may feel weak and stiff. Relief can be obtained when shoes that are worn have adequate support, and gentle foot and calf stretches are frequently performed to improve flexibility. If you have this condition, it is important that you consult with a podiatrist who can prescribe custom-made orthotics, which may help to alleviate the pain associated with the  ailment.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Todd Goldberg from Complete Family Foot Care Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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, 22 July 2019 00:00

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a result of damage done to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. This will often cause weakness, numbness, and pain in the feet. This type of neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and an exposure to toxins. The symptoms include muscle weakness, a lack of coordination and falling, sharp burning pain, numbness and extreme sensitivity to touch. People who have diabetes, kidney and thyroid disorders, vitamin deficiencies and have a history of alcohol abuse are at an increased risk to acquire peripheral neuropathy. Complications that can arise are infections, burns and skin trauma and an increased propensity to falls. The risk for peripheral neuropathy can be decreased by exercising regularly, avoiding factors that may cause nerve damage and eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and protein. If you feel that you may be at risk for peripheral neuropathy, it is advised to consult with a podiatrist.

 

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Dr. Todd Goldberg from Complete Family Foot Care Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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, 15 July 2019 00:00

Why Are My Feet Swollen?

Your lower extremities could begin to swell for a variety of reasons. Primarily, if you have been standing on your feet for a large portion of the day, your feet may swell. You may also notice puffiness if your salt intake is too high. For women, the feet can become swollen due to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or pregnancy. Another cause is extra weight or obesity, considering the additional stress put on the feet. Some other sources of swelling include injuries, varicose veins, blood clots or a different medical condition. Swollen feet and ankles can be harmless, but occasionally they are signs of a more serious issue. Observe your feet often to see if they look enlarged, and if they do, you should contact a podiatrist who can assist you.

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. Todd Goldberg from Complete Family Foot Care Center. 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 Littlestown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 00:00

How Do PRP Injections Promote Healing?

The substance that is referred to as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is often used to accelerate the healing process. It is a part of the patient’s blood that is rich with protein and initiates cell growth. When it is injected into damaged tissue, it can cause new cells to grow, which may give the body a chance to heal faster. Research has indicated patients who have tendon injuries and different forms of arthritis may benefit from the use of PRP injections, in addition to those seeking a quicker recovery time from surgery. There may be possible side effects from PRP injections. These can include injuries to the nerve, pain and discomfort at the injection site, or an infection. If you would like additional information about how PRP injections can be beneficial for you, it is advised to consult with a podiatrist who can properly guide you.

If you are suffering from a foot condition, contact Dr. Todd Goldberg of Complete Family Foot Care Center. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood taken from a patient and spun in a centrifuge, concentrating the amount of platelets. The plasma is then re-injected into the site of injury or damage, assisting the body in repairing damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue. PRP helps the body speed up its healing process.

Uses of PRP

Injuries affecting the foot sometimes don’t heal properly because of poor blood circulation. The healing time slows down, and recovery time is affected by poor blood supply. PRP injections will speed up recovery and resolve this issue.

Treatment

PRP is the first regenerative treatment for damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. No surgery needed. It is only applied with an insertion of a needle.

Ultrasound – An ultrasound is needed for proper placement of the platelets.

Injection – When the first injection is received, the patient will return to the doctor in about 2 to 3 weeks and monitor the recovery process.

Recovery time – Some people respond to treatments differently. Therefore, depending on your condition, the doctor will make any remaining decisions on how many more injections are needed, or if any additional ones are even required.

Benefits

One may be able to avoid major surgery, and recovery time will be cut down. PRP injections also avoid creating scar tissue and damage to the area. Risks are also very low using PRP as a treatment. There is no risk of rejection, contracting a disease from using another person’s blood, or infection.

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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The choice to receive foot or ankle surgery depends on the person and situation. Some conditions where surgery could be an option include bunions, ankle arthritis and plantar fasciitis. Your doctor would most likely see how you respond to other treatments first, such as drugs or special footwear. They would also evaluate your needs and the symptoms of the ailment. There are advantages and disadvantages to receiving surgery. Surgery may provide long-lasting relief, better mobility and comfort. However, some surgeries cause more complications. You may not be able to use your foot normally for a while, and replacement joints may not work as well as natural joints. If you have a foot or ankle condition, and think you may need surgery, it is recommended that you speak with a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Todd Goldberg of Complete Family Foot Care Center. 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 Littlestown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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