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December 2022

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Take Action to Prevent Falls in Seniors

As we age, the idea of independent living becomes a reality that must be faced. One of the chief factors in remaining independent as a senior is preventing falls. Risks of falls are directly related to muscle strength, fatigue, loss of balance, and numbness in the feet. Balance problems include dizziness when standing up suddenly, vertigo when the head turns, and feeling unsteady when walking. Actions that can be taken by seniors to help prevent falls include, using a walking aid if you are unsure about your balance. This action can give you the confidence to be more active, as becoming sedentary contributes to the loss of muscle strength. Checking prescriptions of any medication you take for side effects, such as dizziness, is a good idea. Experts also recommend having your eyesight checked to see if you may need new glasses. Balance exercises and light exercise are suggested, as long as you stop to rest when you get tired. Supportive and properly fitting footwear with ample cushioning and non-skid soles are also a good idea. For more ways to prevent falling, please consult 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 Dr. Todd Goldberg from Complete Family Foot Care Center. 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 Littlestown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

Three Types of Corns

A small, hardened area of skin that has formed on the foot may indicate a corn has developed. They generally develop on the outside of the pinky toe, or on the bottom of the foot, as a result of excessive friction. This can happen from wearing shoes and socks that are too tight, and temporary relief may come from choosing to wear shoes that fit correctly. A corn on the foot can cause severe pain and discomfort, despite their small size. There are three types of corns that can develop, consisting of hard, soft, and seed corns. The former is considered to be the most common type of corn, and can develop on top or on the side of the toes. Soft corns generally develop between the toes, as a result of excess moisture that can accumulate there. The latter forms on the soles of the feet, and are generally small in size. Research has shown the best method to prevent a corn from developing is by wearing shoes that are comfortable. This is generally successful in alleviating pressure against the toes. Many people who have developed corns seek the advice of a podiatrist who can effectively remove them, and offer additional prevention techniques.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Todd Goldberg of Complete Family Foot Care Center. Our doctor 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 doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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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Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

Hammertoe Is a Toe Deformity

The toes significantly contribute to maintaining balance in the body, in addition to how we walk, stand, and run. The foot condition known as hammertoe is a deformity that causes the second and third toes to bend downward at the middle joint, often resembling a hammer. Hammertoes can cause corns to develop on top of the affected toes due to them constantly rubbing against the top of the shoe. Hammertoes are often caused by the type of shoes that are worn, which generally do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. This can affect the muscles in the toes and the toes may be unable to stretch and flex normally. The symptoms gradually occur, and the patient may not notice until the joints become stiff. Existing medical conditions like arthritis, bunions, or abnormal arches may increase the risk of hammertoe. Patients can find mild relief when specific stretches are performed that include the toes as well as protective pads on top of the toes. If you have this condition, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment options.


Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Todd Goldberg from Complete Family Foot Care Center. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.


  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes


Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe


Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

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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Monday, 12 December 2022 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

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There are several different types of running shoes, and it can be a daunting task to choose which kind is right for you. It is important to identify the running preferences in addition to the type of surfaces that will be run on, such as trails or pavement. Trail shoes are known to provide traction in the snow and mud, and can help to protect the feet against rocks and rugged terrain. Additionally, trail shoes are sturdier, which can successfully support the foot as it moves from side to side. Conversely, road shoes are ideal for running on treadmills and smooth pavements. People who compete in track meets often opt for track spikes or racing flats. These shoes are helpful in gripping the surface in various types of weather, and are considered to be the lightest running shoe. If you have questions about what type of running shoes are best for you, please consult with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact Dr. Todd Goldberg from Complete Family Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our 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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