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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 00:00

Hammertoe is a type of foot deformity that occurs when the toe begins to bend or buckle, and it is sometimes caused when the feet constantly rub against footwear, like high heels. Consequently, this condition is more commonly found in women compared to men. Laurie Keegan, a sufferer of hammertoe, has this to say about the condition: “I can't do the things I want to do. I get on the treadmill and I can only be on there for about 20 minutes. It's just too painful. I can't continue.” Fortunately, surgery can be done to repair hammertoe, but you should consult with your podiatrist before you begin to seek it as an option.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Pennsylvania. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 13:53

Although you may be excited to try on your brand new pair of shoes, you should be careful to avoid getting blisters while wearing them. Blisters are not only uncomfortable, but they often force you to walk in an unnatural way to compensate for the pain they cause. Fortunately, there are some tips you can follow to avoid getting blisters and having to deal with them while wearing your new kicks. One tip is to walk around in your new shoes at home prior to wearing them out in public. Wearing your shoes at home will help loosen them up so that the shoes are already broken-in when you are ready for regular use. Another tip is to make sure that you are wearing proper socks. While most people tend to wear ankle socks, they offer very little protection for your feet compared to longer ones. You should also make sure that the socks you wear are made up of a material that dries quickly. A material like cotton, which tends to stay damp for a while, may soften the skin and make you more susceptible to blisters.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

 

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

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Monday, 05 June 2017 20:28

The first step to getting into a proper running routine is to make sure you are wearing the right running shoes. The proper shoe will help to correct biomechanical issues and prevent injury. You should always go to a sneaker store that specializes in running shoes so that the workers can help you find a sneaker that fits your foot strike. There are three main types of runners based on foot strikes: overpronators (when the foot rolls inward too much), neutral pronators (feet roll inward slightly), and supinators (feet don’t roll inward enough). Certain running shoe stores will have you run on a treadmill so that the workers can best determine which shoe type will fit you properly. You will know the shoe is a good fit if you “feel like you want to go run immediately," said runner Dimity McDowell.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Pennsylvania. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 15:00

With warmer weather in our midst, many may be thinking about summer sandals and in turn, exposing their feet. Some people, however, may be wary of revealing their bare feet due to concerns about cracked heels and dry skin. If you are one of these people, consider the following tip to have your feet sandal-ready. Slather petroleum jelly onto the feet before bedtime and then put on a pair of socks. This will ensure that the jelly is fully absorbed and kept against the skin, helping to draw water to the surface and make for smooth feet in the morning. Excess petroleum jelly can be rinsed off with warm soap and water.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels 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.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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