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Monday, 11 May 2020 00:00

Common Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Research has indicated plantar fasciitis is the reason many patients have heel pain. It is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the portion of tissue on the sole of the foot that connects the heel to the toes. The reasons why this area may become torn or damaged can consist of standing for long periods of time throughout the day, and wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. The symptoms that many patients experience can include heel pain that may be more noticeable upon arising in the morning, and limping may become natural to ease the pain and discomfort. Specific stretches can be performed that may bring mild relief, and wearing custom made orthotics may provide extra arch support. If you have heel pain, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose plantar fasciitis, and successfully treat this condition.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Brian Goldstein  from Goldstein Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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Monday, 04 May 2020 00:00

Falling May Evoke Fear

Falling can easily affect the feet, and many elderly people who fall may become wary of completing daily activities. This can evoke fear which may possibly lead to depression, which can often make it difficult to stay active. There are effective methods that can be implemented which may help to prevent falling, These can include scheduling regular physical examinations, in addition to having your vision checked. It may also be helpful to have current prescriptions, as this may aid in noticing tripping hazards in the living area. Additionally, it is beneficial to frequently perform a gentle stretching and exercise routine. This activity helps to maintain body strength, and it may make it easier to avoid falling. Many elderly people have installed grab bars in their shower and toilet area, in addition to replacing worn carpeting as well. If you would like more information about how to prevent falling, please consult with a podiatrist who can recommend useful prevention techniques.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Brian Goldstein from Goldstein Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

Who Does Sever’s Disease Impact?

The medical term that is known as calcaneal apophysitis is commonly referred to as Sever’s disease. This condition occurs when the growth plate in the heel suffers trauma, and generally impacts young teenagers. It may occur as a result of sudden weight gain, or from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Sever’s disease can be a common foot ailment among the younger population who frequently participate in running and jumping activities. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this condition can include swelling, heel pain in and around the surrounding areas, and you may notice your child is limping. If you notice symptoms that may be indicative of Sever’s disease, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer the best treatment options.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Brian Goldstein from Goldstein Podiatry. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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

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Monday, 20 April 2020 00:00

Runners and Stress Fractures

People who enjoy the sport of running and jogging generally understand they may gradually endure a stress fracture. This is considered to be a hairline fracture of the bones in the feet, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. One way a stress fracture may develop is from consistent running. Swelling and bruising may be additional symptoms, and the impacted foot can benefit by frequently resting. This typically means that running is ceased for a significant amount of time as the healing process occurs. The first signs of a developing stress fracture may be ignored, but will eventually worsen unless it is promptly treated. If you feel you have a stress fracture, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you with correct treatment options.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Brian Goldstein from Goldstein Podiatry. Our doctor 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 office located in Bala Cynwyd, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 13 April 2020 00:00

How Is a Broken Foot Diagnosed?

A broken foot, or foot fracture, generally occurs as a result of falling, or if a heavy object has dropped on the foot. This is considered to be a common injury, and there are noticeable symptoms that often accompany this type of fracture. These can include severe pain and discomfort, an abnormal foot shape, swelling, and it may be difficult to move your foot. A proper diagnosis is needed in order to confirm a broken foot has occurred. This consists of having an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI taken. At this point, proper treatment can begin, which involves wearing a boot, cast, or splint. Any of these options may be helpful in providing the stability that is needed as the healing process takes place. Moderate relief may be found when the affected foot is elevated, as this may help to reduce existing swelling. If you have broken your foot, please consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so they can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Brian Goldstein from Goldstein Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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Monday, 06 April 2020 00:00

What Can Cause Cracked Heels?

People who have experienced the condition that is known as cracked heels are often aware of the pain and discomfort this ailment may cause. It begins as small cracks in the skin of the heel, which can gradually become worse if left untreated. Deep cracks are referred to as fissures, and may cause the skin to bleed. Cracked heels can develop as a result of wearing shoes that have an open back, or from standing for prolonged periods of time during the day. Additionally, it may occur due to existing medical conditions that can include eczema and psoriasis. There are patients who find mild relief when the affected foot is soaked in warm water, followed by thoroughly applying a good moisturizer. If you are experiencing any level of cracked heels, please speak with a podiatrist who can determine what the best treatment is for you.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Brian Goldstein from Goldstein Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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

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Monday, 30 March 2020 00:00

Do Your Feet Change Shape as You Age?

Elderly people may have difficulty in practicing daily foot care. This can be a result of the inability to bend, which can make properly trimming the toenails quite hard. Additionally, the skin generally loses cushioning as the aging process occurs, and this may lead to cracked heels. It is beneficial to keep the feet clean and dry, as this may help to prevent toenail fungus and athlete’s foot from developing. The feet typically feel better when a moisturizing lotion is frequently applied, and this can be done by a caregiver, if needed. Research has indicated the feet gradually change shape, which is why it is important to wear shoes that fit correctly. The proper size can be determined when the feet  are often measured, and shoes that are chosen have ample room for the toes to move freely in. If you would like additional information about how to care for elderly feet, it’s suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Brian Goldstein from Goldstein Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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Monday, 23 March 2020 00:00

Chair Yoga May Help to Stretch the Feet

A form of stretching, which is referred to as chair yoga, may be beneficial to practice after sitting and standing for extended periods of time. It can be helpful to stretch the feet in a classroom environment, which can be accomplished by a variety of methods. Heel raises are performed while keeping both heels flat on the floor, and lifting one heel at a time. After holding this position for a few seconds, repeat with the other foot. When the toes and feet are flexible, it may lead to easing tension in the shoulders and neck. This can be a result of utilizing the reflex zones that are located in the feet, and is accomplished by clenching the toes and soles of the feet, and then relaxing them. If you would like additional information about the benefits of stretching the feet, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Brian Goldstein from Goldstein Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020 00:00

Running Injuries May Be Common

Research has indicated that a large percentage of runners may endure injuries every year. This may be a result of not warming up or cooling down after a run, or it may happen from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Common injuries can occur from running long distances without resting. Additionally, It may be beneficial to keep track of how far you run each day, and to note signs of stress, which may include irritability and fatigue. If you would like information about proper stretches that can be performed to strengthen the feet, that may also help to minimize the risk of obtaining a running injury, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Brian Goldstein of Goldstein Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Monday, 09 March 2020 00:00

Rheumatoid Arthritis May Affect the Feet

The medical condition that is known as rheumatoid arthritis is recognized as one of the most inflammatory types of arthritis. The majority of patients who have this ailment may experience uncomfortable foot conditions. Some common symptoms that are associated with this form of arthritis can include swollen joints, limited mobility, and the foot may change shape. There can also be friction in a portion of the foot that is a result of swelling and inflammation. This may cause sacs that are filled with fluid to develop which are known as bursa. These sacs may form on the bottom of the foot, in addition to the heel pad and surrounding area. If your feet are in pain and sore, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose rheumatoid arthritis.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Dr. Brian Goldstein of Goldstein Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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

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