Wednesday, 30 November 2022 00:00

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Morton’s neuroma is a foot condition that can develop in women who frequently wear high heels. This condition can result from having inadequate room for the toes to move freely in and can cause the nerve between the third and fourth toes to become compressed. Irritation and inflammation may accompany this, which can cause severe pain and discomfort. Patients who have Morton’s neuroma often say the sensation they feel is similar to having a pebble or marble in the shoe, in addition to numbness and tingling. Mild relief may also be found when soft insoles are worn, the feet are elevated, and shoes that are worn have a wide toe area. Existing medical conditions may contribute to Morton’s neuroma. These can include flat feet, bunions, and hammertoes. If you feel you may have this foot condition, it is advised that you speak to a podiatrist who can properly treat this ailment.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Shawn Echard, DPM of Laurel Podiatry LLC. Our practitioner 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 Greensburg Somerset and Mount Pleasant, 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

Weightlifting can be an exciting, motivating sport to participate in. It can also result in a risk of injury to the feet. Lifting heavy weights while doing squats or lunges can put significant stress on the feet. Overtraining, not taking enough time to recover between weightlifting sessions, and wearing improper footwear for the sport are among the things that can impact the pressure put on your body and feet. The most common injuries in weightlifting that can cause foot pain are plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and muscle strains. Treatment varies by injury, but rest may help alleviate foot pain. If your pain does not go away or worsens, contact a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment so that you can get back to training as soon as possible.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Shawn Echard, DPM of Laurel Podiatry LLC. Our practitioner can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

Many people experience foot pain in their lifetime, and it can occur for various reasons. Sudden pain can indicate a foot fracture has happened, and prompt medical attention is often sought. Conversely, foot pain may develop slowly, and can be in the form of aches, tenderness, or the feet may be itchy. Research has shown the feet are often affected in patients who have rheumatoid arthritis, which can cause the feet to have a limited range of motion. Gout is another condition that often begins with intense foot pain as a result of crystals that form in the joints of the big toe. Patients who do not have an arch are known to have flat feet, and this may possibly cause foot and ankle pain. If you have foot pain for any reason, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat any foot condition.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Shawn Echard, DPM from Laurel Podiatry LLC. Our practitioner will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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