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November 2022

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Stretching the Feet and Ballet

Ballet dancers ought to take the health of their feet exceedingly seriously. When one engages in ballet, they can use their feet in potentially strenuous ways that might make them more susceptible to enduring foot injuries. Consequently, ballet dancers can consider engaging in a robust stretching routine to keep the feet limber, loose, and flexible. For example, a ballet dancer might consider stretching the arch of the foot by performing what is known as a plantar fascia stretch. This can be performed in a seated position with the right leg resting on the left thigh. One can then flex the foot while gently stretching the toes so that they are eventually pointing towards the right leg. This can be performed on the other foot as well. If you are a ballet dancer and want to learn more about stretching the feet, contact a podiatrist today.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Steven Schwartz from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

How to Find Relief With Morton’s Neuroma

One of the most common symptoms that patients notice with the foot condition that is referred to as Morton’s neuroma is the sensation of having a pebble in the shoe. It can cause continuous pain in the ball of the foot, and it most often happens as a result of frequently wearing high heels. These types of shoes generally do not provide ample room for the toes to move freely in, possibly causing the nerve between the third and fourth toes to become irritated. Additional symptoms can include having a numbing or tingling feeling in the toes, and a burning pain may exist in the ball of the foot. Patients have found relief in the beginning stages of Morton’s neuroma when shoes with lower heels are worn, and participating in sporting activities is temporarily ceased. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary, which can permanently repair or remove the affected nerve. If you feel you may have this condition, please speak with a podiatrist who can help you to decide on the correct treatment method.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Steven Schwartz of Pennsylvania. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Wednesday, 16 November 2022 00:00

Wearing Flip-Flops Can Be Harmful

Flip-flops can be stylish, breathable, and easy to slip on, but this flimsy footwear can be harmful to the feet. Just wearing flip-flops on city streets can cause grime to coat the feet. If you develop even a small cut on your foot, bacteria can enter and cause an infection. Such an infection can enter your bloodstream and if left untreated, cause dire consequences. The feet and toes also work extra hard to keep flip-flops securely on. It is best to keep flip-flop wearing to a minimum. Sandals with a back strap are good for trips to the beach, swimming pools, and gym areas. Well-fitting closed-toed shoes are best for foot protection. If you develop problems from wearing flip-flops or want further suggestions for the best footwear for your feet, see a podiatrist who is trained in everything related to the feet and ankles.  

Flip-flops can cause a lot of problems for your feet. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Steven Schwartz from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

Flip-flops have managed to become a summer essential for a lot of people. While the shoes may be stylish and easy to slip on and off, they can be dangerous to those who wear them too often. These shoes might protect you from fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, but they can also give you foot pain and sprained ankles if you trip while wearing them.

When Are They Okay to Wear?

Flip-flops should only be worn for very short periods of time. They can help protect your feet in places that are crawling with fungi, such as gym locker rooms. Athlete’s foot and plantar warts are two common fungi that flip-flops may help protect your feet against.

Why Are They Bad for My Feet?

These shoes do not offer any arch support, so they are not ideal for everyday use. They also do not provide shock absorption or heel cushioning which can be problematic for your feet. Additionally, you may suffer from glass cuts, puncture wounds, and stubbed toes since they offer little protection for your feet.

More Reasons Why They Are Bad for Your Feet

  • They Slow You Down
  • May Cause Blisters and Calluses
  • Expose Your Feet to Bacteria

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

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Saturday, 12 November 2022 00:00

Arthritis Can Cause Pain in the Feet and Ankles

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

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Diabetes is a serious condition and can lead to complications regarding the feet if not under the care of a podiatrist. Elevated blood sugar levels may lead to the inability to feel existing cuts on the feet. These can easily develop into foot ulcers and may be controlled by implementing healthy lifestyle habits. Drinking plenty of water daily, reducing sugar intake, and practicing a gentle exercise regime are a few ways that can guide the diabetic person to possibly feeling better. It is necessary to pay close attention to the feet, and the soles can be inspected daily by using a mirror. This is an effective method for noticing any cuts, bruises, or scrapes that have developed, and they may be easier to see than to feel. Good foot hygiene consists of trimming the toenails weekly, which is often performed by a podiatrist. Diabetic patients may notice the skin on their feet is excessively dry and cracked, which may indicate additional foot problems. If you have diabetes, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can treat this ailment, and help you manage it.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Steven Schwartz from Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Tuesday, 01 November 2022 00:00

Toe Problems and Arthritis

Anyone who suffers from arthritis likely knows that their condition can significantly affect their feet in many different ways. If you are living with arthritis, it might be helpful to be aware of how this condition can impact your toes. For example, arthritis may affect the joints of the toes, particularly the big toe. Also, swelling around the toe joints can occur. Restricted motion of the big toe may also be a symptom of your arthritis. Perhaps the big toe is stuck in a position and moving it can be difficult. It is also important to note that many different kinds of arthritis can affect the toes. Notably, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, and other kinds of arthritis can impact the toes. If you suffer from arthritis, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today for guidance.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Steven Schwartz from Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Chambersburg, and Mcconnellsburg, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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