Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Heel spurs are bony growths that develop on the underside of the heel bone, often causing pain and discomfort, especially when walking or standing for long periods. They typically form in response to strain on the muscles and ligaments of the foot. Heel spurs are commonly associated with conditions like plantar fasciitis or repetitive stress injuries. Factors such as obesity, wearing unsupportive shoes, and having high arches or flat feet can also contribute to the development of heel spurs. Symptoms may include sharp pain in the heel, especially during the first steps in the morning or after a long period of rest. There are numerous options when it comes to treating or preventing the formation of heel spurs. Rest, stretching exercises, orthotic inserts, injections, or surgery in more severe cases may be necessary. If you are experiencing symptoms of heel spurs, it is suggested you seek professional evaluation and treatment from a podiatrist to ensure your pain is alleviated and your health is protected.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact one of our podiatrists from North Penn Podiatry. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices located in Lansdale, and King of Prussia, PA . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Wednesday, 12 June 2024 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Hammertoe is a foot deformity characterized by an abnormal bending of the toe joints, causing the affected toes to resemble a hammer or claw. This condition typically affects the second, third, or fourth toes, although it can occur in any toe. Hammertoe often develops gradually over time, due to factors like ill-fitting shoes, foot structure abnormalities, or muscle imbalances. One of the noticeable features of hammertoe is the bending of the toe joints, resulting in a permanent, abnormal position that may cause pain, discomfort, or difficulty walking or wearing shoes. Other characteristic symptoms include corns or calluses forming on the tops of the affected toes due to friction and pressure from rubbing against footwear. Additionally, individuals with hammertoe may experience limited range of motion in the affected toes, making it challenging to straighten or flex them fully. If you notice a deformity in your toes, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, a diagnosis and the appropriate treatment. 

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of North Penn Podiatry. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

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, 04 June 2024 00:00

Foot and ankle injuries have become increasingly prevalent in highly active children, posing significant challenges to their athletic pursuits. With a growing number of youngsters participating in organized sports, the incidence of both acute and overuse injuries has surged. These injuries often stem from the rigorous demands of training routines, with many young athletes engaging in multiple sports and activities throughout the week. Overuse injuries arise from the repetitive strain placed on the child’s musculoskeletal system without sufficient rest. This is especially true during periods of heightened training intensity like the beginning of a new season, tournaments, or sports camps. Biomechanical factors such as flat feet, limb length discrepancies, and improper footwear can further increase the risk of injury. Child athletes are particularly susceptible to injuries at tendon attachment sites, joint surfaces, and growth plates. Conditions like Sever’s disease and stress fractures are common. These conditions necessitate prompt diagnosis and tailored treatment plans from a foot doctor. If your active child experiences heel pain, foot swelling, or discomfort while wearing shoes, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of North Penn Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during 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. Here are some things to consider...

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 for 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 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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