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March 2021

As we age, biomechanics—the study of structure, function and  movement—become more important to our foot health. Aging causes tissues in our feet to stiffen and the range of motion and joint mobility to decrease, and we tend to put weight more on the inside of our feet—causing them to flatten and reduce the amount of force we have pushing forward when we walk. These are just some of the contributors to our propensity to experience foot pain and even increase our risk of falling as we get older. However there is hope. There are some exciting advancements in biomechanics—specifically footwear and orthotic devices—that can help improve foot health in older adults by adjusting gait and redistributing pressure away from certain areas of the foot which helps increase mobility and reduce pain. If you or someone you love is experiencing pain in the feet or reduced mobility, contact a podiatrist who may be able to help you feel and walk better.

If you need your feet checked, contact Paul Haluska, DPM of Mercury Podiatry, Inc. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

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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Monday, 22 March 2021 00:00

Cracked Heels Do’s and Don'ts

If you live in a cold or dry climate, you are likely no stranger to dry, cracked heels - especially during the winter months. To prevent cracked heels in the winter, it is suggested that you avoid taking long, very hot showers, using harsh soaps, and walking around barefoot or in shoes that expose your heels, as these can all make cracked heels worse. Instead, clean your feet gently, washing them in lukewarm water and gently patting them dry. Apply a moisturizer to your feet after cleaning them and seal in this moisture by putting on a pair of cotton socks. For more information about caring for cracked heels, or if you have deep, painful cracks, please see a podiatrist.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, 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.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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 care needs.

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Monday, 15 March 2021 00:00

Why Does My Big Toe Hurt?

Big toe pain is often characterized by discomfort while walking, tenderness, swelling, bruising, discoloration, misalignment of the toe, and bumps or other disfigurements of the feet. The big toe can hurt for a variety of reasons. Injuries, such as a fracture, sprain, bruise, or dislocation of the toe can occur when the toe is struck by an object or stubbed. Nerve damage to the toe can be caused by Morton’s neuroma, a thickening of the nerve tissue in the foot in response to injury, irritation, or compression. Inflammatory conditions such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis can lead to joint pain. Bunions are also a common source of pain and disfigurement of the big toe. If you have pain in your big toe, please see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Paul Haluska, DPM from Mercury Podiatry, Inc. Our doctor 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 office located in Brookhaven, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 08 March 2021 00:00

Is My Ankle Pain Arthritis?

The ankle joint, where the shin bone and the bone at the top of the foot meet, is a common area for arthritis to develop. Arthritis symptoms that affect the ankle include pain, tenderness, swelling, stiffness, and a reduced range of motion in the joint. Certain types of arthritis are more likely to affect the ankle joint than others. Post-traumatic arthritis, which occurs following an injury such as a dislocation or an ankle fracture, may be responsible for ankle arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis, which can affect any joint in the body, may also cause ankle pain. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis which is associated with aging, rarely occurs in the ankle. If you are experiencing ankle pain, please consult with a podiatrist, who can diagnose and treat your condition.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Paul Haluska, DPM from Mercury Podiatry, Inc. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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 care needs.

 

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Saturday, 06 March 2021 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

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

A stress fracture is a small hairline fracture that usually occurs because the foot is no longer able to handle the load being placed on it. While stress fractures can occur in the pelvis, thigh bones and shins, they most commonly occur in the lower legs, particularly in the bones of the midfoot. Because they often are a result of overuse and repetitive motion, as opposed to a specific injury, athletes such as runners, soccer players and dancers are at an increased risk for developing them. Stress fractures are often indicated by sharp pain when bearing weight, but as the fracture gets worse, the pain will persist even when not bearing weight. Those who are experiencing pain in their forefoot and believe that they may have a stress fracture should consult with a podiatrist for treatment. 

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Paul Haluska, DPM from Mercury Podiatry, Inc. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

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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