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Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

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Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

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Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

Possible Symptoms of a Stress Fracture

A stress fracture is defined as a small crack in the bones of the feet, and it is also known as a hairline fracture. It generally occurs as a result of repetitive force that can come from consistently participating in running and jumping activities. It happens gradually, and many patients who have this type of fracture often continue their day through the pain. They may notice symptoms that include swelling, achiness, and it is often painful to walk. Mild relief can be found when the activity that caused the fracture is stopped, and it may be beneficial to wear orthotics that can offer the necessary support as the healing process occurs. If you have a stress fracture that has impacted your foot, it is advised that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Mark Davison from Active Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

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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The joys and delights of pregnancy are often accompanied by sore and achy feet. This happens as a result of the growing fetus putting pressure on the lower extremities. The feet may become swollen and tired, which is why it can be beneficial to elevate them as often as possible during the day. Additionally, it may help to incorporate a gentle exercise program into your daily routine to keep your feet healthy during this time. Research has indicated the importance of avoiding high temperatures, as this can possibly help to diminish existing swelling. If you would like additional information about how to protect your feet during pregnancy, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Dr. Mark Davison from Active Foot Care. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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, 13 April 2020 00:00

Is Laser Treatment Effective?

The medical condition that is known as onychomycosis is commonly referred to as toenail fungus. It typically begins in the outer layers of the nail, and in some cases, may expand to include the nail plate. It is caused by a fungus which lives in moist environments. These can include inside shoes and socks, or in public swimming pools and surrounding areas. A possible remedy of toenail fungus is known as laser treatment. This is accomplished by administering a light into the affected nail, and this may be effective in warming the nail sufficiently to possibly diminish toenail fungus. Research has indicated this procedure may be expensive to use, and it may not be successful for all types of fungus. If you are afflicted with toenail fungus, and would like additional information about laser treatment, please consult with a podiatrist.

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with Dr. Mark Davison from Active Foot Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What Are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What Is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the infection.

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, 06 April 2020 00:00

What is Gout?

A large amount of uric acid in the body may lead to a condition that is commonly known as gout. This ailment often produces severe pain and discomfort, and typically affects the big toe. Patients who are afflicted with gout may notice the pain is so debilitating, it may cause an inability to walk. Additional symptoms may include redness, swelling, and some patients may have a fever. Gout is caused by factors that can include family history, and from eating foods that have elevated purine levels. This can lead to a build-up of uric acid, which may cause sharp pains between the joints in the big toe. These types of foods can consist of shellfish, red meat, and drinks that have a high sugar content. Mild relief may be found when the affected foot is elevated, and this may help to diminish a portion of the swelling as well. If you have developed gout, it is strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to find comfort, and suggest methods to possibly prevent this ailment from occurring in the future.

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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