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Monday, 16 April 2018 00:00

If you have a small bone protruding from the heel of the foot, you may have what is referred to as a heel spur. A heel spur is the result of calcium deposits that grow between the arch of the foot and the heel, and it typically can produce severe pain. Common symptoms of this condition may include sharp pain that is often experienced in the morning and may be followed by an ache in the heel for the remainder of the day. The heel may feel tender, and the appearance may be swollen and red. Recent research has shown that the development of this ailment may be a result of strained tendons and ligaments in the foot, which may cause the tissues in the heels to become soft. Activities that involve walking or running on hard surfaces may contribute to the occurrence of heel spurs, in addition to being overweight or wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. If you have this condition, please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist for additional information and possible treatment options.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Bert Altmanshofer from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot. Bone may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs. Pain sometimes intensifies with age. Heel spurs are known to cause a substantial amount of pain. One of the main associations spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Duncansville, PA. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Monday, 09 April 2018 00:00

It’s important to maintain proper foot care, and it’s especially wise if you are elderly. When your feet feel good, it’s easier to stay active by incorporating walking into your daily routine. The benefits of this include possibly preventing falls from occurring as a result of having strong feet, in addition to sustaining proper balance. Recent research has suggested that by monitoring the health of your feet, certain complications may become noticeable, such as arthritis and poor blood circulation. There are several measures that can be taken to ensure proper foot care, including trimming the toenails frequently, washing the feet daily, and utilizing a moisturizer that aids in keeping the skin soft. If it's difficult to bend down to complete the necessary tasks that are needed to maintain proper foot care, please consult with a podiatrist for assistance.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Bert Altmanshofer from Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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Monday, 02 April 2018 00:00

There are many triggers in the environment that stimulate glands to produce sweat, which include warm temperatures, exercise, fear, and nervousness. A condition referred to hyperhidrosis consists of excessive sweating and may require specific treatments that will enable the patient to tolerate this condition. Typically, the sweat glands become overactive, and this may occur for several reasons, including a predisposed inherited gene, infections, or a hormone imbalance. It’s important to obtain a proper diagnosis, and certain medical tests are generally performed to accomplish this. Topical or oral medications are often prescribed to stop excessive sweating. For more severe cases, it may be necessary to perform surgery, which can alter the nerves that produce sweat. If you suffer from this affliction, please consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and the best treatment options for you.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Dr. Bert Altmanshofer of 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 Duncansville, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 26 March 2018 00:00

If the toenails grow into the skin surrounding the nail, you may have a condition referred to as ingrown toenails. This typically occurs when the nails are cut improperly or if the shoes are not fitting correctly. Additionally, if you have poor circulation or diabetes, healing may take significantly longer, and may cause other complications. Symptoms of this ailment generally consist of moderate to severe pain and reddened, swollen skin. There may be pus draining out of it, which can indicate an infection. Treatment remedies include soaking the area in warm water several time per day or applying a cushioning material, such as gauze, in the corner of the nail. There are many ways to prevent this condition from occurring, including wearing shoes that fit properly and making sure there’s enough room for the toes to move. If you suffer from this condition, it’s advised to consult with a podiatrist to determine the best treatment options for you.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Bert Altmanshofer of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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