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Monday, 18 November 2019 00:00

The condition that is referred to as hammertoe can occur when the tendons in the toes are out of balance. The big toe may gradually move toward the other toes, which may lead to pressure and pain. This can happen as a result of wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, or genetic factors may also play a significant role in the development of hammertoes. Some patients find moderate relief when custom-made insoles are worn, which may help to stop the toes from rubbing together. In severe cases, having surgery performed may be an option that can permanently straighten the toes. If you are afflicted with hammertoe, it is strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so the correct type of treatment can begin.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Ella Lehman of Pennsylvania. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

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

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 00:00

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

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

Research has shown that ankle sprains are common among people who frequently participate in sporting activities. This is often the result of tearing or overstretching the ligaments in the ankle. Common symptoms of this type of injury may include severe swelling, pain, and it may be difficult to put weight on the ankle. Relief may be found when the affected foot is elevated, and this may help to alleviate a portion of the swelling. Additionally, it may be beneficial to wrap the ankle in an elastic bandage, and this can help to provide the support that is needed as the healing process takes place. If the activity is resumed that caused the sprain before the ankle has had a chance to completely heal the sprain may return, and ligaments may be scarred. If you have fallen or twisted your ankle, and think it may be sprained, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can diagnosis and treat this condition.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Ella Lehman from Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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Monday, 04 November 2019 00:00

Research has indicated that a number of people in Britain are experiencing painful foot conditions as a result of being obese. Many people choose to wear flip flops because it takes minimal effort to slip them on. However, wearing these types of shoes can lead to a lack of arch support, which may contribute to additional foot issues. People who are overweight may see a change in how they walk, and this may negatively affect their daily activities. This condition can gradually lead to possible bone damage and may cause ailments that can include arthritis and osteoporosis. If you or your family members are overweight and have any type of foot pain, it is advised that you speak to a podiatrist who can guide you toward relieving unpleasant foot conditions.

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Dr. Ella Lehman from Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

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

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