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December 2022

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Causes of Nerve Pain in the Foot

If you are experiencing burning pain, tingling, or numbness in the feet, you may have developed nerve damage that is known as neuropathy. The nerve damage can be caused by an injury, an underlying medical condition, or by side effects from medication. Damage to the nerves that serve the foot inhibits the brain’s ability to send appropriate signals. For instance, leg and foot muscles may not get the message to move, or the feet do not sense hot and cold temperature changes. Nerve pain can begin from an injury in the spine, usually involving the nerves that form the sciatic nerve. The nerve pain may also come from a specific nerve in the pathway to the foot. This usually affects both feet and may be sporadic, or can become progressively worse over time. If the symptoms of neuropathy in the feet begin to affect your daily activities, it is a strongly urged to consult a podiatrist for a complete examination followed by treatment options that are correct for you.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with the podiatrists  from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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

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Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

Various Reasons for Foot Pain

There are numerous tendons, muscles, ligaments, and bones that are in each foot, and enduring an injury can cause foot pain. Discomfort that is felt on top of the foot may indicate that a stress fracture has occurred, or it may be gout, an arthritic condition. Additionally, It may indicate a bone infection has developed, which is known as osteomyelitis. These can be serious conditions, and it is suggested that a medical professional be consulted for evaluation and treatment. Some patients have foot pain as a result of the shoes that are worn, or from improperly warming up and cooling down before and after running. It is important for people who participate in sporting activities to increase speed and distance gradually, and this can allow the feet to become stronger. Foot pain can happen from falling, and practicing fall prevention techniques may help to prevent this. If you have foot pain for any reason, please contact a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat foot and ankle pain.

 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with the podiatrists  from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

What Is an Ingrown Toenail?

An ingrown toenail is one of the most painful foot conditions to have. It happens when the nail grows into the skin instead of over it. This can happen for various reasons including wearing shoes and socks that are too tight, cutting the toenail incorrectly, and possibly from a toe injury. Some patients develop an ingrown toenail because of the shape of the nail or from poor foot hygiene. Diabetic people may be prone to ingrown toenails because of reduced blood flow to the feet. Additionally, experiencing toenail fungus frequently may lead to an ingrown toenail, and this can cause the nail to become brittle and put pressure on the surrounding skin. Many people are unaware that having poor posture may put extra weight on the toes too, therefore increasing the chances of getting an ingrown toenail. If you have existing or recurring ingrown toenails, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you relief and treatment techniques.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact the podiatrists of Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Bones of the the Ankle

Anyone who has broken their ankle knows how uncomfortable it can be. It is also known as a fractured ankle, and in most cases, it can be extremely difficult to walk. There are three bones that the ankle is comprised of, which are the tibia, fibula, and talus. The larger bone in the lower leg is referred to as the tibia, and the calf bone is called the fibula. This is the smallest bone in the lower leg, and the talus bone is located between the tibia and fibula. Any one of these bones can break during a foot injury, and a popping sound may be heard at the time. Additional symptoms can include immediate bruising, severe pain, and discomfort, and the foot may turn a blue or purplish color. Temporary relief may be found when the affected foot is elevated until a proper diagnosis can be performed. This involves having an X-ray taken, followed by wearing a cast or protective boot. The recovery period is approximately eight weeks, and it is suggested that you initially consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat a broken ankle.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact the podiatrists from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

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 one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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