By Foot and Ankle Wellness Center of Western Pennsylvania
May 23, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain  

How your podiatrists in Butler and Monaca, Pennsylvania can help your feetheel pain

Heel pain isn’t just annoying; it can be debilitating. It can greatly impair your ability to walk around and enjoy the activities of your life. It’s not a good idea to ignore your heel pain because it could be a sign of a more serious condition, like plantar fasciitis.

Fortunately, there are effective treatments to help with your heel pain. Your podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Wellness Center of Western Pennsylvania want to help ease your heel pain. They have convenient office locations in Butler, and Monaca, Pennsylvania to serve you.

There are a few issues that can put you at higher risk for heel pain, including:

  • Having flat feet
  • Being diabetic
  • Having excess weight
  • Wearing poorly fitting shoes or high heels
  • Doing high-impact sports like aerobics or running

You can develop heel pain for a number of reasons, but one of the most common causes is plantar fasciitis. This condition is caused by inflammation of the thick band of tissue which runs across your heel. Plantar fasciitis can cause a sharp, stabbing pain on the side of your foot, your arch, and your heel.

Other causes of heel pain include stone bruises, caused by stepping on sharp stones or objects, and bone spurs which can be caused by ligament and muscle strain or excess calcium deposits.

You can try to treat heel pain yourself, using a few simple home remedies, including:

  • Resting and taking the weight off of your feet
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications

Heel pain can be stubborn and doesn’t always respond to home treatment. Fortunately, your podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Wellness Center of Western Pennsylvania have several effective treatments for heel pain. They may recommend:

  • Custom fit orthotics, wedges or supports
  • Prescription medications
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)
  • Surgical treatment

Don’t ignore your heel pain, especially when help is just a phone call away. Call your podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Wellness Center of Western Pennsylvania. They have offices in Butler, and Monaca, Pennsylvania to help you end your heel pain, so call today!

By Foot and Ankle Wellness Center of Western Pennsylvania
May 02, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Osteoporosis   Foot Fracture  
Broken LegWhen people think of osteoporosis, they may think of it in relation to the spine and hips—quite possibly the wrists and ribs, as well. However, osteoporosis can also affect your feet. In fact, seemingly unexplained foot fractures may be an early indication that you have osteoporosis.  
Osteoporosis means “porous bones," and that your bones are losing their density, making them thinner and easily breakable. Foot fractures from osteoporosis can come in the form of stress fractures, which are tiny fractures that cause small cracks in your feet. Because of the lack of structure to the bones, they become weak, which can lead to fractures.  
In their advanced stages, fractures can happen from something as simple as getting out of bed in the morning. These fractures can occur anywhere, but most commonly occur in the neck, low back, hip, wrists and feet. In the feet, these fractures often occur with repetitive trauma due to wearing unsupportive shoes, such as flip-flops. With this loss of structure comes the collapse of joints in the feet, which can cause arthritis and pain. Fractures in the feet from osteoporosis can range from small stresses in the bone to large displaced breaks that require surgery. However, surgery for osteoporotic patients can be a challenge.  
The sooner you deal with stress fractures the better. If you have pain in your feet that seems beyond any normal soreness, you should visit your podiatrist  for further diagnosis and treatment.

What do I do?

The general advice for aging people is to make sure you have enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet.  Exercise is also vital for increasing bone strength and protecting you against these painful fractures. Any type of activity in which you move is good—walking, running, swimming, dancing and even bowling can be just what you need to strengthen your bones. If you have foot issues and are unsure of how much your feet can take, talk to your podiatrist. 
Be sure to choose shoes that offer proper support to your feet and ankles as well. Your podiatrist might recommend orthotics to give you that extra support to your arches.  Even if your bones are not affected by osteoporosis, orthotics can still help you by providing extra stability that may save you from a fall that could break other bones.  
Your feet play an important role in making aging easy and less painful. Avoid the dangers of osteoporosis by taking care of your overall health and paying attention to your feet! If you have any foot problems or pain, contact our office for proper diagnosis and treatment. 
By Foot and Ankle Wellness Center of Western Pennsylvania
March 30, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care  

Bare FeetSince your feet bare the brunt of your weight, it is important to take extra precautions while working to protect them from harm. When your job requires you to stand on your feet for a long period of time, work in potentially hazardous areas, or with potentially hazardous materials, you have some risk of foot injury. Productive workers depend on their ability to walk and move about safely, with ease and comfort. According to the National Safety Council, there are about 120,000 job-related foot injuries in any given year, with one-third of them being toe injuries.

Follow Proper Guidelines

While you are off the job, there are a few steps you can take to protect your feet, including:
  • Washing your feet daily
  • Drying them thoroughly
  • Checking your feet for corns, calluses and cracks
  • Keeping your feet warm
  • Trimming your toenails straight across
  • Visiting your podiatrist.
  • Wearing protective footwear for each activity
On the other hand, when you are working it is important to do the following:
  • Develop safe work habits and attitudes
  • Be aware of the hazards of your job
  • Be alert and watch for hidden hazards
  • Watch out for other workers’ safety
  • Follow the rules and don’t cut corners

Wear Protective Footwear

Safety shoes were created to protect your feet, help prevent injuries to them and to reduce the severity of your injuries should one occur while at work. According to the National Safety Council, it is estimated that only one out of four victims of job-related foot injury wear any type of safety shoe or boot. Your feet are the most valuable part of your body and are constantly subjected to injury in the workplace. With many potential work hazards, it's important that you discuss with your supervisor which safety shoes, boots or other protective equipment that you need for your protection.
Your podiatrist is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of all manners of foot conditions. Visit our office if you experience any work injury or if you have any further questions on how to properly care for your feet. 
By Foot and Ankle Wellness Center of Western Pennsylvania
March 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions are bone deformities that are caused by an enlarged joint at the base and side of the big toe. They form when the toe moves out bunionsof proper position. This enlargement can cause pressure or friction when it rubs against shoes. Over a period of time, the movement of the toe angles toward other toes causing irritation or even inflammation in the area. This can cause other deformities such as hammertoe. A podiatrist in Ford City, Grove City, Monaca or Butler, Pennsylvania, from The Foot and Ankle Wellness Center of Western Pennsylvania can examine your foot and determine what treatments you will benefit from the most.

Bunion Treatment

Individuals with bunions can suffer from both pain and discomfort causing the skin to become red and tender. The bigger this bunion gets, the harder it is to walk as this joint flexes with every step you take. Bursitis often develops or even arthritis for patients that leave their bunions untreated. This is why you see a podiatrist when you suspect there are major issues with your feet. Your Ford City, Grove City, Monaca or Butler, Pennsylvania podiatrist will give you treatment options for your bunion issues. Bunions will not resolve themselves and do require professional treatment. The sooner they are treated, the less likely more severe measures will need to be made to remedy this deformity.

The goal for bunion treatment is to relieve the pain and pressure and to stop any continuous growth and/or enlargement. Some common bunion treatments include:

  • Protective padding
  • Custom foot orthotics
  • Splints
  • Footwear changes

In some instances, these conservative treatment measures for your bunion may not work effectively in order to prevent damage from bunions. In these limited cases, bunion surgery is required from a podiatrist in Ford City, Grove City, Monaca or Butler, Pennsylvania. To schedule an appointment, call our office today.

By Foot and Ankle Wellness Center of Western Pennsylvania
March 01, 2017
Category: Podiatry

Children with Flat FeetAs parents, we want our children to remain healthy and happy. But when they are in pain, it is our duty to find the best ways to relieve their discomfort. While many toddlers grow out of flat feet, it is important to pay close attention to your child’s feet in order to ensure they are developing properly.

Pediatric flat feet can be classified as symptomatic or asymptomatic, and are quite common. Symptomatic flat feet exhibit symptoms such as pain and limitation of activity, while asymptomatic flat feet show no symptoms at all.

Flat foot can be apparent at birth or it can show up years later. Most children with flat feet have no symptoms, but some have one or more of the following:

  • Pain, tenderness, or cramping in the foot, leg and knee
  • Outward tilting of the heel
  • Awkwardness or changes in walking
  • Difficulty wearing shoes
  • Reduced energy
  • Voluntary withdrawal from physical activities

How Is Flat Foot Identified?

Your podiatrist will diagnose your child by examining the foot and observing how it looks when he or she stands and sits. Your podiatrist will observe how your child walks and will evaluate the range of motion of the foot. Since flat foot can sometimes be related to problems in the leg, your podiatrist may also examine the knee and hip. X-rays may be used to determine the severity of the deformity, with additional imaging and tests needed for further diagnosis.

Visit our office for further diagnosis and treatment options for your child’s flat feet. While many children do grow out of flat feet, if your child suffers from pain caused by flat foot, we can help them get back on their feet again!

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