Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Heel spur surgery, a medical intervention aimed at addressing persistent heel pain caused by calcium deposits on the underside of the heel bone, is often considered when conservative treatments fail to provide relief. The surgical procedure involves the removal of the bony protrusion, known as a heel spur, and sometimes the release of the plantar fascia ligament to alleviate tension and discomfort. Before surgery, patients undergo thorough evaluation and diagnostic tests to confirm the presence of a heel spur and rule out other potential causes of heel pain. During the surgical procedure, the surgeon makes an incision near the heel and carefully removes the bony growth using specialized instruments. Following surgery, patients typically undergo a period of rehabilitation to restore strength, flexibility, and mobility in the affected foot. While heel spur surgery can offer significant relief for individuals suffering from chronic heel pain, it's essential to discuss the risks, benefits, and potential outcomes with a podiatrist to make informed treatment decisions. If you have a heel spur and are considering surgery for relief, it is suggested that you seek counsel from this type of doctor who can help you make the decision that is right for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of North Penn Podiatry. Our doctors 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 offices located in Lansdale, and King of Prussia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Ankle fractures can be grouped into two types, stable and unstable. The three parts of the ankle are the inner bump, or medial malleolus, the outer bump, or lateral malleolus, and the back bump, also known as the posterior malleolus. If only one bump is broken, it is usually a stable fracture. But if two or more bumps are broken, it is considered to be an unstable fracture and may need surgery. If you have a broken outer bump, you may wear a special boot or splint. For other ankle fractures, you will likely need a splint on the back of your leg and another one around your ankle. Rest and keeping your weight off the injured foot, in addition to using crutches might be needed. Some people may continue using crutches even after wearing the boot until they can put weight on the foot without pain. If you have broken your ankle, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis, including the type of fracture you have sustained, and proper treatment for you.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from North Penn Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Ankle sprains, prevalent injuries that affect ligaments surrounding the ankle joint, can disrupt daily life and mobility. Occurring when the ankle is forced beyond its normal range of motion, these sprains lead to the stretching or tearing of ligaments, resulting in pain and swelling. The severity of an ankle sprain can vary, classified into three grades based on the extent of ligament damage. Common symptoms include localized pain, swelling, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected ankle. In more severe cases, individuals may experience bruising and instability. Recognizing the signs of an ankle sprain is vital for appropriate management, as untreated sprains can lead to chronic instability and long-term complications. An accurate understanding of the definition and symptoms of ankle sprains empowers individuals to seek timely intervention, facilitating a smoother recovery and a return to normal activities. If you have endured an ankle sprain, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine what the grade of the sprain is, and offer appropriate treatment methods.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from North Penn Podiatry. 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 Lansdale, and King of Prussia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Any job that requires you to stand on your feet all day can be tough. At first, it may begin with sore feet, but with time, you may become generally tired. Your feet and legs carry your body weight and help you to stay upright. Standing too long may cause pain, swelling, and cramps as a result of fluid buildup and poor blood flow. This is not just a problem for factory, warehouse, or healthcare workers; it is something that is noticed in many jobs, such as oil rigs, restaurants, and retail. The discomfort can get so bad it feels like your feet are on fire. As the day goes on, your feet may become numb, causing feeling to become temporarily lost. If you have a job that requires you to stand on your feet all day, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you by providing strategies and treatment that can protect your quality of life and job performance.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from North Penn Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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