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November 2020

Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

What Are Shin Splints?

Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, refers to the inflammation of bone tissue, tendons, and muscles around the tibia or shinbone. Shin splints tend to affect athletes, often developing after strenuous physical activity or upon beginning a new fitness program. The main symptom of a shin splint is leg pain. The pain typically begins gradually and may be accompanied by muscle aches. Over time, the leg pain may worsen, eventually leading to shooting pains, tenderness, and swelling. Bruises and small lumps may also begin to appear on the shin. If you suspect that you have shin splints, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist, who can diagnose and treat this condition.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Paul Haluska, DPM of Mercury Podiatry, Inc. Our doctor 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 office located in Brookhaven, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

Surgery for Ingrown Nails

An ingrown toenail occurs when the corner of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin. Ingrown toenails can be painful, and when they become severe, they may require surgery to remove it. Surgery may be necessary if the ingrown toenail becomes infected, is extremely painful, or if you have a medical condition that can lead to complications, such as diabetes, nerve damage, or poor circulation in your feet. During an ingrown nail surgery, part or all of the affected nail is removed. This is typically done under local anesthesia, so you will not feel pain in the affected toe during the procedure. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist to discuss treatment options that are right for you. 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Paul Haluska, DPM of Mercury Podiatry, Inc. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

What Issues Do Podiatrists Treat?

 A podiatrist is a doctor that is an expert in diagnosing and treating issues involving the feet and ankles. They can also prescribe medications and perform surgery. They may also work with other health care professionals to treat a variety of diseases that affect the foot. Any issue involving the bones, joints, muscles, skin, tissues, and nerves of the lower limbs can be treated by a podiatrist. These conditions can include arthritis, deformities, heel and arch pain, neuromas, sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, and skin and nail problems. For foot health education, prevention methods, or anyone who is experiencing any type of foot abnormality, seek the expertise of a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and the best treatment plan.

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact Paul Haluska, DPM from Mercury Podiatry, Inc. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

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

 

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks healthy joints, causing pain and inflammation. These joints can be anywhere in the body, but some of the most commonly affected joints are those located in the feet and ankles. Symptoms that you may see if you have developed RA in the feet and ankles include pain, swelling, joint stiffness, difficulty walking, and joint deformities. You may also see rheumatoid nodules, dislocated toe joints, hammertoes, bunions, heel pain, Achilles tendon pain, and flat foot ankle pain. If you are experiencing the symptoms of RA in the feet and ankles, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Paul Haluska, DPM from Mercury Podiatry, Inc. Our doctor 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 our office located in Brookhaven, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 06 November 2020 00:00

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.

Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

Several Reasons Why Gout Develops

A painful foot condition known as gout develops as a result of excess uric acid in the blood. It typically affects the joints of the big toe, and can occur for a variety of reasons. These reasons include genetic factors, eating foods with large amounts of purines, and drinking sugary beverages. In addition, pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or kidney disease, may contribute significantly to the onset of gout. Gout is considered to be a form of arthritis and generally affects more men than women. Common symptoms of this ailment include severe pain and discomfort, swelling, and warmth in the affected area. Mild relief may be found when anti-inflammatory medication is taken. Incorporating healthy habits into your daily routine has also been found to be beneficial. If you are experiencing gout symptoms, it is strongly recommended that you seek the care of a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Paul Haluska, DPM from Mercury Podiatry, Inc. Our doctor 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 office located in Brookhaven, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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