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


October 2022

Tuesday, 25 October 2022

Grades of Ankle Sprains

When an individual sprains their ankle, they typically move or turn it in an unnatural way that ends up stretching ligaments in the ankle area. As a result, an individual might experience swelling and a diminished ability to move the ankle. There are several different types or grades of ankle sprains that you should be familiar with. First, there is the Grade I ankle sprain, which is defined as having relatively minor symptoms, such as a small degree of swelling. There are also Grade II ankle sprains, which are defined as having moderate symptoms. Those with Grade II symptoms might demonstrate a degree of instability and some moderate pain during physical activities. Lastly, there are Grade III ankle sprains, which are severe. This kind of injury can involve a large amount of swelling and a total rupture. If you have sprained your ankle, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today who can treat your condition.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Pennsylvania. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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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A bunion is one of the more noticeable foot conditions. The bony protrusion that forms on the side of the big toe is a clear indication that a bunion is developing. It happens as a result of genetics, or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additionally, a bunion can develop from a foot injury, or from having poor foot structure. It can cause a misalignment in the other toes, and they may shift toward each other. The pain from a bunion may become worse when pressure is exerted on it, such as from running or walking, and it is best if minimal walking is done to help provide mild relief. Maintaining a healthy weight may help to reduce pain from a bunion, in addition to wearing a protective covering over it while wearing shoes. Bunions can be unsightly and uncomfortable, and if you are afflicted with one, it is strongly advised that you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment techniques. Surgery may be performed for permanent removal. 

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Pennsylvania. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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 care needs.

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Thursday, 13 October 2022

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 11 October 2022

Many Different Types of Arthritis

The three most common kinds of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid, and psoriatic, despite the fact that there are more than 100 various types. When arthritis affects the feet, there are methods that can be implemented which may help to diminish the pain that is associated with it. The muscles in the feet can become stronger when elastic resistance bands are used, and this may help to support the joints. Additionally, practicing aerobic exercises several times per week can add to the endurance and improve overall fitness. Research has indicated the joints may become flexible when consistent yoga stretches and pilates movements are practiced. Balance may be increased by partaking in tai chi, which may possibly help to strengthen the joints in the feet. Arthritis in the feet can be uncomfortable, and it is suggested that these types of exercises are performed that may help to obtain mild relief. For more information on arthritic pain, it is suggested you make an appointment with a podiatrist.  

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Pennsylvania. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Plymouth Meeting and Ambler, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 04 October 2022

Can Gout Attacks Be Prevented?

Patients who experience gout attacks are often familiar with the debilitating pain they can cause. Gout occurs as a result of crystals that form in the joints of the big toe and can develop for various reasons. Genetics can contribute significantly to the development of gout, in addition to having an abnormal metabolism that produces excess uric acid. It is seen in the joints of the body as crystals and can produce extreme pain and discomfort. This may come from eating foods that have high levels of purines like shellfish, red meat, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. Drinking excess alcohol may also lead to gout so it is beneficial to drink in moderation. Gout attacks may be prevented by drinking plenty of water daily, consuming healthy foods, and practicing a gentle exercise program. Gout patients should be under the care of a podiatrist. It is strongly advised that you contact a podiatrist who can provide effective prevention techniques as well as treatments that are best for you.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Pennsylvania. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of 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 care needs.

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