Monday, 22 February 2016 09:53

Damian Lillard Sidelined Due to Heel Pain

foot injuryDamian Lillard of the Trail Blazers will be sidelined for his third game, due to the pain in his heel. Lillard “had hoped to return for Saturday’s contest,” but the heel pain had caught up with him. Lillard has been suffering from plantar fasciitis for about three weeks in his left foot, and had to call out from the game against the Cavaliers. He was also unable to play Atlanta, ending his consecutive games streak, and also against New Orleans.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. If you have any concerns, consult with Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Sport 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 care needs.

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Monday, 15 February 2016 18:57

Sweating more common for Certain People

fungal toenail2Sweating is the body’s mechanism for cooling down if one’s body temperature begins to rise. While all people sweat, some do sweat more than others. Women, while having more sweat glands, typically sweat less than men. Those who are more fit also tend to sweat more that those who are not as fit. Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is a condition in which the body sweats excessively. Aside from the underarms, this can also occur particularly in the hands and feet

If you have any concerns, consult with Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment 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 care needs.

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broken foot6Senior defensive tackle, Tommy Schutt, will not be playing against Notre Dame due to a broken foot. The news comes as huge news since this Fiesta Bowl is the final game of the season for Ohio State, making Schutt’s 25 tackle record vital to the game’s success. While Schutt will be missed, Joey Bosa, Donovan Munger, and Tracey Springle are set to take his place.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you are seeking treatment for a broken foot, visit Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

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 (foot)
  • 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 care needs.

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broken foot4Mitchell Starc, Australian rugby star, is set to miss a few games due to a stress fracture in the third metatarsal of his right foot. While Starc initially complained about his troublesome ankle, scans showed the injury was based more so in the foot. This is a major blow to the Australian team, halting their plans for the next year. Although Starc was able to play while injured in 2013, it is unlikely that event will occur again.

Activities, where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. If you are seeking treatment for your feet, visit Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles 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. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called 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

-play tennis or basketball

-gymnastics

-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 in high impact will aggravate pain.

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 care needs.

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runningDoes wearing comfy running shoes add to the likelihood of foot injuries? According to mensjournal.com, this may be true. As you run in shoes, the intrinsic muscles, “or little muscles in your feet” often do little to no work. As a result, your feet may become prone to injury as your feet become used to the cushion in your shoes. Running barefoot can help strengthen your intrinsic muscles and your overall balance. Going barefoot is a beneficial activity, but must be eased into, especially if you haven’t exercised regularly while barefoot before. Mensjournal.com suggests a core workout for your feet to help ease the transition into barefoot running, which include strengthening your heels.

Barefoot running has its own share of benefits and disadvantages. If you are seeking treatment for a broken foot, visit Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running
-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running
-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced; this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet, ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running
-No protection while running makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, resulting in bruises and cuts on the feet.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

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 care needs.

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Monday, 18 January 2016 06:36

Dispelling the Myths About Bunions

bunions7Jordyn Taylor recalls her experience with bunion shame, referring to the condition as “protrusions of bone that make my toes bend inward at weird, sharp angles, and give my feet the rough overall shape of diamonds.” While she has spent most of her life suffering from weird stares and questions, she has also spent much time dispelling bunion myths. From explaining bunion surgery to dispelling gender norms, she explains it all.

Bunion surgery usually occurs after non-surgical methods have proved to be ineffective. If you are seeking treatment for a broken foot, visit Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

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

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 care needs.

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Monday, 11 January 2016 13:46

The Effects of Flat Shoes

flat feet11Chicago-based podiatrist Dr. Megan Leahy, D.P.M. suggests that wearing shoes that are completely flat are not healthy for your feet. Some negative effects include uneven distribution of pressure, which can lead to injuries in the toe, knee, back, hips, and even shoulder areas. Leahy recommends not wearing flats for too often, similar to how you would limit the amount of time wearing high heels. Foot pain is not necessarily normal, and can be caused by stress and pressure on the feet. One solution to address this issue is custom orthotics.

Most arches will develop in children after a certain age. If you have any concerns, consult with Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle 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.

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 care needs.

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broken foot5Barcelona’s 23-year-old Sergi Roberto had to be sidelined and subbed off following a right ankle injury. He sustained the injury while skirmishing for the ball with William Vainqueur during the Champions League game against Roma. Although the injury is not yet considered serious, Roberto’s status in future games is currently unknown, and will depend on how he responds to upcoming treatments.

Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Steven A. Hartung of Pennsylvania. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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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fungal toenail2Zac Stacy of the New York Jets has been called out for the season due to a fractured ankle injury following the game against the Buffalo Bills. He had suffered the injury after being tackled by Bills safety Jonathan Meeks after kicking off for 9 yards. Stacy had to be treated on the field by doctors before being carted away. Stacy had to have surgery the following day.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Steven A. Hartung of Pennsylvania. Our doctor will treat 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 of 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 located in Williamsport, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 21 December 2015 20:59

Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback breaks Foot

 

broken foot4Ben Roethlisberger, the star quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, was carted away from the field following an injury with his left foot. Roethlisberger says he “felt like the middle of my foot was just broke in half.” He suffered a mid-foot sprain, which he is treating with supportive insoles and inserts in his footwear. Roethlisberger hopes to get back into practice and play in the next game against the Cleveland Browns.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you are seeking treatment for a broken foot, visit Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

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 (foot)
  • 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 care needs.

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