feetDerek Hough, five time champion instructor on Dancing with the Stars, has suffered a broken toe after rehearsing for the show's 10th anniversary special. Derek will have to stay in Los Angeles until his injuries are rehabilitated. For now his understudy will take over for the New York Spring Spectacular in New York City. As for Dancing with the Stars, Hough was unable to compete with Nastia Liukin, but pro-dancer Sasha Farber stepped in temporarily. "He'll come back harder, better, faster, stronger," his co-star stated.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns contact Dr. Steven Hartung of Virginia. 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 concerns please feel free to contact our office located in Williamsport, VA, LA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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anklesprains2Argentine forward and world renowned soccer superstar Lionel Messi is recovering from an injured foot he sustained during the recent El Clasico win over Real Madrid. Messi was forced to sit out of both of Argentina's friendlies against El Salvador and Ecuador over his clubs international break due to the injury. However, he was soon able to participate in light running and stretching activities. According to Barcelona officials on their website, "The inflammation of Messi's Foot has improved and the player will attempt to join the rest of internationals tomorrow.
Getting back into sports after foot and ankle injuries may sometimes be tricky due to possibilities of worsening any injuries. If you have any concerns about your foot and ankle needs contact podiatrist Dr. Steven A. Hartung of Pennsylvania. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries
While one of the most common injuries among athletes may be a sprained ankle, there are still many other types of injuries that plague athletes in any sport. But for less severe foot and ankle injuries, it is recommended by physical therapists and sports medicine doctors that athletes use the R.I.C.E. method to help alleviate pain and to speed up the healing process.

The acronym R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These four steps help in the healing process, not only to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, but also to improve overall health of the affected area, allowing you to get back on to your feet again. Although resting is usually the key to all healing, it is necessary to see a doctor to ensure treatment for any other problems that may not be obvious to you right away.

It is best for injured athletes to allow themselves time to heal. Some athletes need hours of re-training, exercise, check-ups with their physical therapist, and other remedies. But with the right attitude and motivation, it is not hard to get back into sports after foot and ankle injuries.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Williamsport, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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feetFor most women, high heels are often blamed for causing foot pain and foot problems. Many women instead choose to wear flat shoes to try and avoid the health issues that reportedly come with high heels; flats appear to be a much more sensible and practical choice in footwear. According to experts, however, certain types of flats can actually cause a myriad of health problems. Toe infection, which in its worst case can require surgery, is reportedly an issue that arises from ingrown toenails caused by tight, pointy-toed flats putting pressure on the toes. To remove pressure from the big toe, experts suggest wearing flats with a round or square-shape toe box.

Finding the right pair of shoes to wear is only one facet of everyday foot care. To learn more, consult with Dr. Steven Hartung. Our doctor will provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete's foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortably tight.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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rshoeCory Smith of Phillymag calls the transition of the cold winter months into warmer, sunnier weather injury season. It is a time when all runners vamp up their training methods and are more likely to become injured. Smith has created five tips to help runners avoid injury during training.

Patience is key when it comes to running outside again. If you have not been running consistently, slowly start up your routine again to allow muscles to adapt to the stress again. Understand the differences between running on a treadmill and the higher difficulty of running outside. Forcing fitness before the feet and body are ready is a key way to obtain an injury.

Listen to your body, if you feel you need to take a rest day, then take it. If your shoes are worn or inappropriate for outdoor running get new ones that properly fit and function.
Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. If you are suffering from a running injury see Dr. Steven Hartung. Our doctor will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

How to Prevent Running Injuries
Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies for your foot and ankle needs.

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afootDr. Margaret Abbott of Nottingham states that athlete’s foot is a mild fungal infection that causes an itchy rash to develop or for red, scaly, and dry skin to appear. The bottom of the foot is also capable of becoming inflamed or blistery. Abbott states that feet are warm, dark, and humid, and are the perfect conditions for fungi to multiply, which can become troublesome if infected. Athlete’s foot is easily treated with antifungal medication.

The ailment can also be prevented by washing feet regularly with soap and water. It is important to thoroughly dry the feet after they have been wet as well. Wear breathable, cotton socks, and change your socks and shoes regularly to ensure proper dryness of the feet.

Athlete’s foot can be an uncomfortable condition to deal with. If you are suffering from athlete’s foot contact Dr. Steven Hartung. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot is a condition that results in itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet. Treatment is often difficult, because of its contagious and reoccurring nature. Also known as tinea pedis, it is found to survive in moist humid areas.

Common places found:
-shower floors            
-public changing areas
-locker rooms
-Gyms                        
-bathrooms                             
-public swimming pools
-socks and shoes        
-dormitory style houses           
           
Treatment & Prevention
Because of its reoccurring nature, the best way to treat Athlete’s foot is with prevention. Take necessary precautions such as:


-Wearing flips-flops or sandals in locker rooms and public showers
-Using powders to keep your feet dry
-Keeping your feet exposed to light and cool air
Athlete’s foot can be treated with special creams and sprays.

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diabetic2The American Podiatric Medical Association finds that 20% of Americans suffer from a foot issue per year, with the help of National Foot Health Awareness Month coming this April; it is a good time to discuss the role foot checkups play in preventing and treating long term issues with diabetes and other foot problems. People often go about their day with foot ache not realizing that certain pains such as wounds, infections, loss of blood circulation, and loss of sensation can result in serious issues concerning diabetes.

It is suggested to inspect your feet daily for any abnormalities or injuries, dry your feet thoroughly after showering, have an annual foot checkup, and avoid going barefoot to maintain proper foot health.

If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Steven Hartung. Our doctor will diagnose and treat your foot and ankle needs.

Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including 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 because 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. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Salon Visits can help ease Cracked Heels

crackedhealAccording to Suzanne Edmonds of SunMedia, it is best to take good care of your foot health on both the outside and on the inside. Sometimes a trip to the salon for a pedicure is an integral part of maintaining that foot health, especially when it comes to cracked heels. Pedicures involve soaking the foot in warm soapy water in a bowl that is sanitized to avoid bacteria infecting the foot.

After the soak, the hardened skin on the heels should be a little softened and easy to file down. The final step of the pedicure is a layer of moisturizer that can also be applied regularly at home to prevent heels from cracking again and simultaneously reducing any calluses that may have formed.

Cracked heels can become painful if left untreated. To learn more, consult with Dr. Steven Hartung. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.  

The Truth about Cracked Heels
Cracked Heels
Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.
How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing
Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.
Wear Socks – wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.
Moisturizers – applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.
Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies for your foot and ankle needs.

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anikleMateo Musacchio of Villareal suffered from a left broken ankle while playing against Getafe. Musacchio was carried off on a stretcher with thirteen minutes left in the game when his ankle rolled while running to the ball. The defender was taken to a hospital in Madrid where he was successfully operated on and was diagnosed with a left dislocated and broken ankle. For now the recovery time is unknown as it will depend on the progress he makes after the break heals.

Broken ankles require immediate medical attention from a health provider. If you have concerns about a broken ankle, consult with Dr. Steven Hartung. Our doctor will examine your injury and attend your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles

A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both 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 office. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all of your foot ankle injuries.

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heelpain2According to research published in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, treatment and prevention of a flat foot can reduce the possibility of other major foot ailments. Flat fleet also known as partial or total collapse of the arch has been known to occur mostly in overweight males with blue collar jobs. Often time symptoms such as, pain, swelling, flattening of the arch, and rolling of the ankle, will go on ignored and untreated. Foot and Ankle Surgeon H. Ashley Ledger states, “Flatfoot disorder may gradually worsen to the point that many of the tendons and ligaments in the foot and ankle are simply overworking.” Early treatment is important in flatfeet since ignoring the condition can lead to even more serious conditions including arthritis and loss of function.

Certain sports and physical activities may become difficult for children with flat feet. If you suspect that your child has the condition, speak to Dr. Steven Hartung. Our doctor will answer any of your foot and ankle related questions and attend to all of your podiatric needs.

What are Flat Feet?
Flat feet are 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. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch 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. 

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bunionsViola Davis recentlyappeared on the Ellen Show after winning a SAG Award for her role in How to Get Away With Murder where she discussed her quick remedy for temporary relief on bunion pain. The actress recalled that she was extremely worried about walking around on the red carpet in heels that would cause further pain to her foot.

The night before the awards Davis had her husband go to the supermarket and buy her a can of white vegetable shortening called Crisco. She claims the white greasy ingredient in fried chicken reduces the friction between the bunion and the shoes and soothes her dry skin.

Bunions can be very troublesome if they are not treated correctly. If you are having problems with your bunions consult with Dr. Steven Hartung. Our doctor will diagnose the severity of your bunion and give you the proper treatment for your needs.

What is a Bunion?
A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?
Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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