Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Foot pain can affect various areas of the foot, each indicating different underlying causes and requiring specific treatment approaches. Pain in the heel, for example, may signal conditions like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, or heel spurs, often treated with rest, stretching exercises, or orthotic inserts. Pain in the arch of the foot may result from conditions such as flat feet, plantar fasciitis, or overuse injuries, requiring supportive footwear, arch supports, or custom orthotics for relief. Pain in the ball of the foot could be due to metatarsalgia, Morton's neuroma, or sesamoiditis, necessitating cushioned insoles, proper footwear, or corticosteroid injections. Furthermore, pain in the toes may indicate issues like bunions, hammertoes, or ingrown toenails, often managed with padding, splinting, or surgical intervention. By pinpointing the location of foot pain and understanding its potential causes, a podiatrist can offer appropriate treatment methods to alleviate discomfort and promote foot health. If you have foot pain or discomfort, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and the appropriate treatment solutions.

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 and Somerset, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 09 June 2024 00:00

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Gout is a type of arthritis notorious for its sudden and excruciating pain. Gout typically targets one joint at a time, and commonly strikes in the big toe joint. Flares, which are periods of intense symptoms, alternate with remission phases. The primary culprit behind gout is an excess of uric acid in the body, which forms crystals that accumulate in joints, fluids, and tissues, sparking inflammation. While gout has no cure, it can be effectively managed with medication and certain lifestyle adjustments. Diagnosis by a podiatrist usually occurs during a flare up, involving symptom assessment, physical examination, and lab tests to detect uric acid crystals. Seeking diagnosis and treatment from a podiatrist is important due to gout’s nonspecific symptoms that resemble other inflammatory disorders. Treatment typically involves pain management during flare ups with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDs, or colchicine. Other preventive measures can include dietary changes to eliminate foods rich in purines and weight management to reduce future attacks and complications. If you are experiencing symptoms like sudden joint pain or swelling, especially in the big toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Shawn Echard, DPM from Laurel Podiatry LLC. Our practitioner 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 our offices located in Greensburg and Somerset, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

When conservative treatments prove ineffective in easing the discomfort, inflammation, and swelling associated with heel spurs, surgery emerges as a viable solution. These outgrowths on the heel bone, medically termed calcaneal spurs, can cause significant pain and impede mobility. The decision to pursue surgery hinges not solely on the size or presence of the spur, but rather on the persistence of pain resistant to treatment. Podiatrists typically advocate for surgery when symptoms persist despite six months of non-surgical interventions. Two primary approaches exist for heel spur surgery, which are known as open surgery and endoscopic surgery. Open surgery entails larger incisions and is generally employed to excise entire spurs. Endoscopic surgery employs smaller incisions, fostering quicker recovery and fewer complications. The surgical procedure may vary depending on the spur's location, whether it is inferior or posterior. Inferior heel spurs often coexist with plantar fasciitis and are addressed through plantar fasciotomy. Posterior heel spurs near the Achilles tendon may necessitate more intricate procedures, especially if the spur is deeply embedded within the Achilles tendon. While heel spur surgery has a high success rate, it also carries risks of nerve injury, foot instability, and acquired flat feet. If you are in pain from a heel spur, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Shawn Echard, DPM from Laurel Podiatry LLC. Our practitioner will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices located in Greensburg and Somerset, PA . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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