Monday, 26 October 2020 00:00

Children who participate in sporting events may experience a pediatric stress fracture. It is considered to be a hairline fracture, and it often occurs in the feet. The symptoms that are often associated with stress fractures are pain and discomfort after an activity has been accomplished, and it can be difficult to walk. A stress fracture generally occurs from repetitive pressure, or possibly from nutritional deficiencies. The healing process may consist of wearing a protective boot, and it can help to refrain from participating in the activity that caused the fracture. If you believe that your child has a stress fracture, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

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

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Monday, 19 October 2020 00:00

Gout is a type of arthritis that is caused by a buildup of urate crystals in the joints and often affects the joints of the feet. Gout flare ups can be painful and cause inflammation, redness, and swelling. This condition is typically diagnosed by a joint fluid test, where the doctor extracts fluid from the affected joint with a needle and examines it for the presence of urate crystals. Joint infections can cause the same symptoms as gout, so a doctor might also check the fluid for the presence of any bacteria. The doctor can also do a blood test to measure the level of uric acid in the blood or use an ultrasound to search for urate crystals around the joints. If you suspect that you may have gout, please see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment options.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Podiatry Associates. 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 our offices located in Northampton and Allentown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 12 October 2020 00:00

Plantar warts are those that are found on the bottom of the feet. Warts are caused by a virus that is known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus can enter the body through a tiny break in the skin, and generally affects the top layer of skin. Plantar warts grow inward on the soles of the feet. This is a result of standing and walking for the majority of the day. A plantar wart appears as a small patch of hardened skin, and often has small, black dots in the center. These types of warts can cause severe pain and discomfort, and it is beneficial to quickly begin treatment. This can consist of applying salicylic acid to the wart, or possibly freezing it. If you have a plantar’s wart, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best form of treatment is for you.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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Thursday, 08 October 2020 00:00

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

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