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Michael E. Newman, DPM
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August 2023

Tuesday, 29 August 2023

Are Orthotics Right for You?

Orthotics are foot devices aimed at correcting various foot problems. Many people consider them without a clear understanding of their potential benefits and limitations. Custom foot orthoses, orthopedic shoes, and similar corrective devices can be helpful in specific medical situations, with high arches being one such condition where they can help a lot. A significant challenge with orthotics is ensuring that they are properly prescribed and skillfully crafted. Podiatrists can provide expert assessment and custom orthotics for various needs involving biomechanical issues, such as plantar fasciitis, arthritis, diabetes-related foot problems, and metatarsalgia. However, their effectiveness for most other foot problems, even common ones like repetitive strain injuries is less clear as these are complex problems that go beyond biomechanics. If you have problems with your feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide a thorough examination of your feet and prescribe orthotics if they are right for you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Pennsylvania. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please 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 August 2023

Finding Shoes That Fit Properly

Finding shoes that fit properly is important for foot health and overall comfort. Different shoe brands vary in fit, due to factors like material and construction. Incorrect sizing and improper shoe fittings can result in foot problems. Regular refitting is essential because feet change over time due to factors like aging, foot deformities, or pregnancy. In some cases ligaments lose elasticity, arches fall, and foot size changes. When fitting a shoe, measurements using a Brannock device determine length and width, but it is also important to consider your weight, the purpose of the shoe, and the materials from which it is made. Foot width ranges from AAA to 6E, and choosing the right width matters in order to prevent issues like neuromas, corns, or painful skin folding. Wearing improperly fitted shoes can exacerbate problems like pronation or supination. Experts suggest avoiding shoes that allow the toes to touch the front, which can lead to toe pain, bunions, or hammertoes. If you have problem feet and need guidance in finding the right shoes, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for more information.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Pennsylvania. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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 Jones fracture occurs in the fifth metatarsal, which is the long bone located on the outside of the foot. The name derives from Sir Robert Jones, who first reported the injury in 1902.  A Jones fracture occurs at the base of the part of the metatarsal nearest the ankle. It can be the result of stress on the bone from repeated movement, as well as from overuse or a traumatic injury. The fifth metatarsal differs from the other four metatarsals, in that the base juts out slightly. The metatarsals are used mainly for balance while standing and walking, and as a result, they get more use than other bones in the foot. A Jones fracture may be slow to heal and sometimes may not heal at all. Chances of a recurrence are high with this type of injury. The healing period may take up to two months, but pain may be experienced for three to six months. A brace or cast may be prescribed, and in a limited number of cases, surgery may be needed to repair the bone. For more information about a Jones fracture, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. 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.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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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Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 08 August 2023

Causes of Adult Acquired Flat Feet

Fallen arches is a condition that is termed posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, or PTTD. It also may be referred to as adult-acquired flat feet. Many people with flat feet suffer little or no problems. But others may experience pain if a tendon in the arch of the foot becomes inflamed, overstretched, or torn. The problem starts with the posterior tibial tendon, which begins in the leg, runs through the ankle, and connects to the bones in the bottom of the foot. When it is damaged, it can result in flat feet. This type of occurrence is far more prevalent in women, especially those between 40 and 60 years old. It is believed to be the result of overuse of the posterior tibial tendon. It is also common among runners and athletes who play high-impact sports. Other causes include diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. Symptoms include pain on the inside of the foot and ankle, accompanied by swelling, redness, and warmth. Symptoms usually spike after engaging in physical activity, such as jumping and running. For more information on this type of injury, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Pennsylvania. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of 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 fungal nail infection is about four times more likely to occur in the toes than in the fingers, and it can affect the entire nail. Symptoms of a fungal toenail infection include discoloration of the nail and thickening of the nail. While it may seem benign and therefore largely ignored, if a fungal nail infection is allowed to spread, it can lead to cellulitis or osteomyelitis. Besides exposure to a fungus, conditions that can lead to an infection include wearing shoes and socks that keep the feet sweaty. The fungus thrives in a moist, warm atmosphere, common around gym locker rooms and swimming pool shower areas. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and psoriasis, can increase the risk of such an infection. Men, especially those older than 60 are more likely to develop a fungal toenail infection. Treatment of a fungal toenail infection includes antifungal tablets or paint, and laser treatments. If a new nail begins to grow under the affected one, that is a sign that the treatment is working. For details, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Pennsylvania. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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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