Monday, 08 January 2018 00:00

Protecting Diabetic Feet

Diabetes is a serious condition, and the feet can be seriously affected. The risk of a difficult to heal infection increases in diabetic patients. Even a small blister or bug bite can lead to infections, commonly including foot ulcers. One reason for this may be nerve damage due to diabetic neuropathy, which can make it difficult to feel. It’s crucial to protect the feet with proper choices in shoes and socks, including checking the feet daily for any type of cuts or sores. Additionally, it’s important to notice any change in temperature or color and to be aware of pain, swelling, or rashes. Taking care of your feet is an important step in managing health issues associated with diabetes. After washing thoroughly, please take the time to dry in between the toes, which may help keep moisture from building up. A consultation with a podiatrist should be considered and advised for proper diabetic foot care.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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This is an exciting time for the Buffalo Bills as they enter the playoffs for the first time since 1999, ending the longest playoff drought in North American professional sports. Running back LeSean McCoy will undergo round the clock treatment to prepare for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville after injuring his right ankle. His frustration was obvious to the trainers attending to him as he pounded his fists on the field. While getting 10 yards on 11 carries, totaling 1138 rushing yards for the season, he will hopefully be an important player to watch heading into this wild-card weekend.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Steven Hartung of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 00:00

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are devices that are designed to provide foot support and comfort and help correct imbalances.  Orthotics can range from shoe inserts to entire boots and braces.  Different types of conditions and needs call for different types of orthotics.  Ankle sprains and more severe foot injuries usually call for braces or boots that will immobilize the foot and help the healing process.  Orthotic inserts can help ease pain from a number of foot conditions and provide more comfort than regular insoles.  Most people, however, can benefit from a pair of custom orthotics that are designed for their feet specifically.  While over-the-counter orthotics are available, they are not custom-fitted to the wearer and can cause pain or discomfort if worn.  Podiatrists can offer orthotics that are designed for your foot type, as well as instructions on proper wear.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor 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 office located in Williamsport, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 18 December 2017 00:00

Buying the Right Running Shoes for You

Picking the right running shoes is important in keeping your feet comfortable and helping to prevent running injuries. Here are some things to look for in a good pair of running shoes. The heel of the shoe should be snug, and you shouldn’t be able to slip your heel out when laced up. The shoe should be wide enough that your toes are not cramped against the sides of the shoe. When it comes to length, your toes also shouldn’t be cramped and should have room to move and wiggle. There should also be some flex in the shoe, as a shoe that is too rigid can cause strain on the foot. Finally, your feet should remain comfortable in the shoe even after hours of wear.

 

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

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

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:00

Keeping the Feet Healthy as We Age

Many seniors develop foot issues as they age, commonly due to loss of strength resulting from lack of exercise. Walking helps to maintain healthy feet, which aids in keeping the body balanced, therefore preventing falls. Good everyday foot care practices are crucial in avoiding foot problems and may include washing the feet daily, trimming toenails often, and keeping the skin moisturized to avoid cracked heels. Avoiding tight socks, elevating the feet, and wiggling your toes while sitting for long periods of time may benefit general foot health. Buying shoes with closed toes and low heels will not only protect your feet from injury, but may prevent falling and tripping. Checking the feet daily for any type of redness, swelling, or possible infected toenails is also important in keeping the feet healthy. If you have any questions about how to properly maintain the feet as you age, contact a podiatrist.

If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Steven Hartung  of Pennsylvania. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Williamsport, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 00:00

How to Treat a Broken Toe

Stubbing your toe on a piece of furniture or dropping something on your foot may result in a painful toe fracture. Most fractures heal in 4 to 6 weeks with proper medical care from a podiatrist. The toe may swell and bruise, and it can be difficult to walk on. During the first few days, elevating your foot can be beneficial in reducing pain and swelling. Applying an ice pack and resting the toe by limiting standing and walking can further aid in the recovery. An X-ray may be necessary to determine the severity. Normal activities can be resumed once you can wear normal footwear and can walk around without pain. Please consult a podiatrist for treatment if you have pain in your toe, or feel that your toe might be broken. While some fractures may not cause excessive pain or seem harmful, they can become problematic or not heal properly.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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

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Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of the foot. In most cases, athlete’s foot is a minor condition that can be treated with relative ease by a podiatrist. Common symptoms include itchiness, redness, scaling, and cracked skin. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can spread to the toenails, fingernails and hands. It is often contracted in gyms, locker rooms, public restrooms, and pools. Athlete’s foot is diagnosed either through its symptoms or a skin test. There are over-the-counter antifungal medications for athlete’s foot, but seeing a podiatrist is always advised for any foot condition. To help prevent the condition, wash your feet daily, make sure to keep your feet dry, alternate between shoes, and wear sandals in locker rooms and public showers.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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

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Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

Miami Heat Forward Breaks Foot

Miami Heat forward player Okaro White recently broke his left foot. The 6’ 8’’ second year player sustained the injury while performing a layup in a practice drill. The injury will most likely leave him on the sidelines for a couple of months, and he will be undergoing surgery to repair his fractured fifth metatarsal in his foot. Miami Heat general manager Andy Elisburg and president  Pat Riley are currently figuring out the best course of strategy to replace White while he recovers.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor  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 office located in Williamsport, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

Causes and Treatment of Foot Pain

It’s common to have pain in your feet after standing all day. By eliminating foot discomfort, your muscles will be more relaxed. While standing on concrete, your legs will feel more uncomfortable than if you were to stand on soft carpet. Aches and pain in the feet should not be ignored, as this may a sign of potentially serious foot conditions. There are a few causes of sore feet, a common one being not enough support in the shoes. Another cause may be ill-fitting shoes that are too small. To avoid pain in the foot, shoes should be supportive and comfortable. Making sure to stretch the feet can also be a great way to mitigate pain from prolonged standing. Getting a regular foot massage may also help. The benefits of a massage can include boosting energy levels in addition to alleviating foot pain. However, a foot massage is only a temporary solution. If you feel constant pain in your feet, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor 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 office located in Williamsport, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 06 November 2017 00:00

Are Flip Flops Good for My Feet?

Although flip flops may be convenient and easy to wear, your foot has to work much harder while walking. Sometimes the toes will curl up to keep them on, which may cause an imbalance in the foot. Since many flip flops have nothing but a flat piece of rubber for a bottom, there is very little support and the tendons can be overworked. This can lead to foot pain, so it may be to your advantage to buy high-quality flip flops made from more supportive materials. This may also help prevent sprained ankles from falling and tendinitis. Although most inexpensive flip flops are available in fun colors and designs, they are typically not very foot-friendly.
 

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.

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

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