Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Orthotics, specialized shoe inserts designed to support and align the foot and ankle, are crafted by a myriad of companies worldwide. However, amidst this diversity, podiatrists stand out as experts in the field. These healthcare professionals possess extensive knowledge of foot anatomy, biomechanics, and gait analysis, enabling them to tailor orthotic solutions to individual needs effectively. Unlike mass-produced inserts, podiatrists meticulously assess each patient's unique requirements, accounting for factors like foot structure, medical history, and lifestyle. This personalized approach ensures optimal fit and function, addressing a wide range of conditions, from plantar fasciitis to diabetic foot complications. Podiatrists employ a variety of techniques and materials, including foam impressions, computerized scans, and custom molds to create orthotics that provide maximum comfort and support. Furthermore, they offer ongoing care and adjustments, ensuring patients experience lasting relief and improved mobility. If you experience foot or ankle discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether custom-made orthotics can help you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Lehigh Ave and Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, Collegeville Darby, and Langhorne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

High ankle pain, which is often referred to as a syndesmotic ankle sprain, occurs when the ligaments connecting the tibia and fibula are injured. This type of lower leg bone injury typically happens when the ankle is twisted forcefully, which causes the ligaments to stretch or tear. Athletes, especially those involved in sports like football and skiing, are more prone to incurring high ankle sprains. Symptoms can include less swelling than typical ankle sprains, difficulty moving the ankle up and down, and trouble bearing weight on the affected leg. Sometimes bruising appears a few days after the injury. It is important to differentiate high ankle sprains from other conditions like fractures or regular ankle sprains to ensure proper treatment. If you experience persistent ankle pain, difficulty walking, or notice swelling and bruising after an injury, it is suggested that you schedule an immediate appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Lehigh Ave and Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, Collegeville Darby, and Langhorne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Metatarsal fractures encompass a variety of injuries, from acute trauma to stress fractures in the five long bones of the feet. Acute metatarsal fractures occur suddenly, often due to forceful impact, like dropping a heavy object on it or sports-related incidents. These fractures can be open, where the skin is broken, or closed, and may be displaced, requiring realignment and stabilization by a podiatrist. The fifth metatarsal bone is particularly prone to acute fractures, commonly occurring at various points along its length. Stress fractures, on the other hand, develop gradually from repetitive pounding, resulting in hairline cracks that may be difficult to detect. However, they still require proper diagnosis and treatment to prevent worsening symptoms. Recognizing the signs of metatarsal fractures and seeking timely medical attention from a podiatrist is important. If you suspect a metatarsal fracture or experience midfoot pain it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Lehigh Ave and Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, Collegeville Darby, and Langhorne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

Ainhum is a rare condition characterized by the spontaneous development of a constricting band around the base of the fifth toe. This can lead to progressive constriction, tissue loss, and eventual auto-amputation if left untreated. Podiatrists play a vital role in diagnosing and managing ainhum. They can provide early intervention by carefully monitoring the condition and relieving pressure on the affected toe. These foot doctors can offer treatments, such as surgical release of the constricting band or orthotic devices to alleviate discomfort and prevent further tissue damage. Podiatrists also can educate patients about proper foot care techniques and regular monitoring to detect any changes in the condition early on. If you notice a ring around one of your toes with a squeezing sensation, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a timely diagnosis and immediate treatment.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Lehigh Ave and Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, Collegeville Darby, and Langhorne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
 

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