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Monday, 26 November 2018 00:00

What Are Flat Feet?

The condition that is referred to as flat feet occurs when the arch of the foot is lower than normal. It may also be known as fallen arches and is typically noticeable when the middle of the foot lies flat on the ground. Most babies are born with flat feet, and normal arches will gradually develop as the child ages. There may be specific medical conditions as to why flat feet may occur in adults and these may include having diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or cerebral palsy. There may be noticeable symptoms that patients may notice, including pain in the heel and other parts of the foot, which may be a result of the feet adapting to this condition. Treatment methods may include wearing custom-made orthotics, wearing supportive shoes, and performing specific exercises that may improve overall flexibility in the feet. If you have flat feet, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist who can advise on proper treatment options that are correct for you.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Mark Davison from Active Foot Care. 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 one of our offices located in State College and Philipsburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 19 November 2018 00:00

Causes of Gout

The common medical condition that is referred to as gout will typically cause severe pain and discomfort on the side of the big toe, in addition to swelling in the foot and ankle. It may develop as a result of excess uric acid in the blood levels, and this is generally the result of overindulging in alcohol, ingesting large amounts of red meat or shellfish, or taking certain medications, which may include diuretics. This ailment is caused by crystals that form in the joints of the big toe, and may gradually expand to additional joints. A blood test is generally performed, which can confirm this condition, in addition to having ultrasounds and CT scans taken which may provide additional affirmation. If you are experiencing the symptoms of gout, it is advised to speak with a podiatrist so proper treatment techniques can commence.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Mark Davison from Active Foot Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Many runners realize the pain and disappointment that is experienced if an injury should occur, which may inhibit the joy and ease of this sport or hobby. Research has shown that most injuries happen when the runner trains too intensely. Additionally, proper stretching techniques and warm-ups are beneficial to perform before each run, and this will loosen the muscles in the feet to ensure safe running. It’s important to wear the correct shoes that have adequate cushioning for this sport, and it may be necessary to replace them approximately every four-hundred miles. There are surfaces that are easier to run on, and these may include dirt trails or grass, which may better absorb the shock than if running on concrete. If you enjoy running frequently, it’s suggested to speak with a podiatrist for advice on how to prevent injuries caused by running.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Mark Davison of Active Foot Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

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

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Monday, 05 November 2018 00:00

The Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

If you have ever experienced the pain of plantar fasciitis, you may want to consider the option of having shockwave therapy performed. This treatment may consist of electromagnetic pulses, which convert to shock waves and this is aimed at the affected tendons. Shock wave treatments that are low-energy is spread out over a series of treatments, and minimal pain is often associated with this form of therapy. If you choose to have a high-energy treatment, it is typically given in one session, and may produce considerable pain. Research has shown these treatments may begin to start a healing response in the body, and this may help in relieving some of the pain associated with plantar fasciitis. If you would like additional information about shockwave therapy, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly help you to decide if this treatment technique is correct for you.

Shockwave therapy is a treatment commonly used to treat various injuries and conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis in the feet. To learn more, consult with Dr. Mark Davison from Active Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, addressing the source of the problem and allowing treatment to last for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.

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

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