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January 2021

Monday, 25 January 2021 00:00

Is Standing All Day Bad for Your Feet?

While it is true that standing for prolonged periods of time can burn more calories than sitting, there are also many foot and lower limb problems associated with prolonged standing. These can include blood pooling in the legs, leading to swelling and poor circulation, and foot and leg pain. Standing all day can also aggravate pre-existing foot conditions, such as bunions, corns, and calluses. If you must stand for long periods of time as part of your job, it is suggested that you sit down during breaks, gently stretch and massage the legs and feet, and apply ice to painful areas if pain becomes excessive. For more information about working on your feet, please consult with a podiatrist. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Paul Haluska, DPM from Mercury Podiatry, Inc. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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, 18 January 2021 00:00

Recovering From a Broken Toe

Broken toes occur as a result of trauma to the affected toe from situations such as stubbing the toe, dropping something heavy on it, or injuring it while playing a sport. The first step to recovering from a broken toe is recognition.  Unlike other toe injuries, a broken toe will typically cause immediate, severe pain that does not go away for a prolonged period of time. You may also sometimes hear the bone break at the time of injury. Other symptoms of a broken toe include throbbing pain, swelling, bruising, stiffness, difficulty bearing weight, or the toe sticking out in an unnatural position. If you have any of these symptoms, a podiatrist can examine your toe and order an X-ray, which is used to diagnose the broken toe bone. Treatment options for broken toes will vary based on the severity of the break, but may include stabilizing or immobilizing the broken toe, resting and icing it, wearing a cast, or surgery. 

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Paul Haluska, DPM from Mercury Podiatry, Inc. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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, 11 January 2021 00:00

The Role of the Achilles Tendon

The Achilles tendon is an integral part of the foot. It is the tendon that connects the calf to the heels which allows walking, running, and jumping to occur. This tendon can easily tear as a result of tight calf muscles. Additionally, it may happen from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly or from having flat feet or high arches. Patients may find relief when the leg is gently massaged and corrective exercises are performed. Common symptoms of this condition can include severe pain in the back of the heel, and it is often difficult to point and flex the toes. It may help to elevate and rest the affected foot, in addition to apply compression that can help to reduce existing swelling. If you have injured your Achilles tendon, it is strongly suggested that you seek the advice of a podiatrist who can offer you correct treatment techniques.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, 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.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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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Tuesday, 05 January 2021 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

There are a variety of injuries and issues that can affect the feet. Therefore, proper foot care is important, and those who have diabetes, arthritis, or poor blood flow should be under the care of a podiatrist. Common foot issues that podiatrists can care for include ligament sprains, broken bones, heel pain, warts, athlete’s foot, and ingrown toenails. They can prescribe medications for these foot-related issues, perform surgery, prescribe orthotics, and provide recommendations and solutions for your particular foot problem. Those who are older should be under the care of a podiatrist as well, because as the feet age, a variety of issues, such as bunions, arthritis, or foot pain, may become more prominent and can lead to falls. If you are in one of these risk groups, or believe that you have injured your foot, it is highly recommended that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. 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?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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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