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Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

Reasons for Ankle Pain

The ankle enables the foot to move up, down, and around. It is the part of the body that connects the leg and the foot, and mobility may become difficult if the ankle is injured. There are additional symptoms that can accompany ankle pain, including a tingling sensation, swelling, or bruising. These may be a result of existing medical conditions, which can include gout, rheumatoid arthritis, Achilles tendonitis, or a fall involving the ankle. If the swelling occurs on one side of the ankle, it may be from a sprain or strain. Additionally, pregnant women may experience swelling as a result of excess fluid that is present in the body, and this may lead to ankle pain. If you have ankle pain for any reason, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can properly treat your condition.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Steven Hartung from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and 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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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

Pregnancy and Foot Health

Foot problems are a common complication associated with pregnancy, due to the extra weight and pressure that the feet endure. Three of the most common foot issues that occur during pregnancy are swollen feet, arch pain, and ingrown toenails. Throbbing and swollen feet can be a result of excess fluid buildup. Stretching, wearing wide comfortable shoes, and elevating your feet can help to reduce swelling. Additional weight on the feet during pregnancy can cause the arches to begin to flatten, which may then lead to arch pain. Stretches can also help to alleviate some of the pressure on the arch and help reduce pain. Since most women experience an increase in foot size during pregnancy, it is important to wear wider shoes. If the foot is cramped inside of a shoe that is too tight, this can easily lead to ingrown toenails, which are inconvenient and uncomfortable. If you would like additional information on how to care for your feet while pregnant, then it is recommended you speak with 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. Steven Hartung from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 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 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, 15 April 2019 00:00

Types of Foot Pain

Many people experience heel pain at some point in their lives. Research has indicated that the most common form of heel pain is known as plantar fasciitis. This condition develops when the tendon that connects the heel to the toes becomes inflamed and irritated. Possible causes for this may be flat feet or if the arch is exceptionally high. Sever’s disease is a foot condition that may be experienced by teenagers who frequently participate in sporting activities. When this occurs, trauma is inflicted in the growth plate of the heel bone and may result in pain and discomfort. The Achilles tendon connects the heel bone to the calf muscles, and if this should become torn, pain is generally felt in the heel of the foot. If you are experiencing any type of foot pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnosis and treat your foot condition.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Steven Hartung of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

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, 08 April 2019 00:00

Methods to Control Plantar Hyperhidrosis

Research has shown that approximately five percent of the world’s population may have a condition that is referred to as plantar hyperhidrosis. This uncomfortable situation may be a result of excessive sweat that is produced throughout the day. There may be effective methods to control this ailment, which may include wearing the correct socks, and using antifungal powders. Some patients may find it helpful to see if there are patterns for sweaty feet episodes. This method may enable the patient to notice if there are any triggers that may cause this condition, such as foods or emotions. Sweating may be reduced when plenty of water is consumed during the day, in addition to wearing shoes that have absorbent insoles. If you have plantar hyperhidrosis, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly diagnosis and treat this condition.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Dr. Steven Hartung of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to attend to 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 and ankle needs.

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Monday, 01 April 2019 00:00

Should Young Children Walk Barefoot?

Research has shown that it may not be necessary for young toddlers to wear shoes while they are walking indoors. When they are able to walk barefoot, their toes will naturally develop a grasping action, which may help the feet to grow normally. When shoes are eventually purchased, it is important to properly measure your child’s foot to determine the correct shoe size. This should be done every four months for children under the age of five, and every six months for older children. Many babies are born with flat feet and may remain that way until the arch develops at approximately six years of age. If you notice abnormal walking patterns in your child, it is advised to speak to a podiatrist who can guide you toward foot care that is right for your child.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Steven Hartung of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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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