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Michael E. Newman, DPM
Plymouth Meeting (610) 941-6111


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Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Anyone who is conscious about maintaining the health of their feet ought to be familiar with the important differences between mere dry skin on the feet and a case of athlete’s foot. The former condition does not always imply the existence of the latter. For example, if you have dry skin on your feet, you might notice a rough texture and even itching sensations. Sometimes dry skin is accompanied by cracked heels, also known as heel fissures. Athlete’s foot, on the other hand, is a kind of fungal infection that creates a red rash. Athlete’s foot can be contracted by walking around barefoot in highly trafficked public places, like locker rooms. Importantly, it is possible to have both dry skin and athlete’s foot at the same time. For more information about the difference between athlete’s foot and dry skin, contact a podiatrist today. This foot specialist will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Michael E. Newman from Pennsylvania.  Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022

People who have pain in the joints of the big toe may be experiencing a foot condition known as gout. It is caused by excess uric acid in the blood and can come from various reasons. These include genetic factors or eating foods that have elevated amounts of purines. In certain people, purines convert into uric acid which forms crystals in the joints of the toes, generally beginning with the big toe. This can cause considerable pain and discomfort, and it can be difficult for patients to walk when they are affected by gout. Some of the foods that fall into this group of high purine levels include shellfish, red meat, alcohol, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. The pain that gout attacks can cause will often guide patients into developing healthier lifestyle habits. These consist of drinking plenty of water daily, gently performing exercise routines and stretches, and limiting specific types of foods. If you have had gout attacks, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with expert medical attention for prompt relief.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Michael E. Newman from Pennsylvania. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Wednesday, 16 November 2022

Sweating, or perspiring, is a natural way that the body controls its temperature to keep it from getting too hot. However, some people have overactive sweat glands, which is a condition known as hyperhidrosis. The cause is largely unknown, but thought to be related to genetics. In some cases, underlying medical conditions may be a cause. Hyperhidrosis is more common in younger men than in women. One of the places where this condition can present particular problems is in the feet. They can get slippery within the shoes, which breaks down the skin and allows infections to develop. Foot odor may occur, causing social embarrassment and stress. If your feet sweat excessively, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist for help in controlling the condition. Among the options for combating sweaty feet are antiperspirants, botox injections, oral medication, and in certain cases surgery to remove the sweat glands. 

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Dr. Michael E. Newman of Pennsylvania. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Plymouth Meeting and Ambler, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Saturday, 12 November 2022

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