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The medical condition that is known as rheumatoid arthritis can occur when the immune system attacks the tissues that surround the joints. This typically causes the toes to become stiff and inflamed, and it may be difficult to walk and perform daily activities. Additional symptoms may include increased warmth that is felt throughout the foot, and the joints in the ankles and toes may become swollen. Bursitis is known to develop as a result of having rheumatoid arthritis, in addition to nodules that can form on the Achilles tendon and the sole of the foot. Mild relief can be found by soaking the feet in warm water, and elevating the feet which may reduce existing swelling. For severe cases, surgery may be recommended to remove the damaged tissue. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is advised that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

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 one of our podiatrists of Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 22 July 2019 00:00

Treatment for a Broken Foot

A broken foot can be very painful, considering how much weight the feet endure on a daily basis. The symptoms and treatment for a broken foot vary depending on which bone is affected and how the break occurred. You will most likely require a physical examination of the foot before a proper diagnosis can occur. A doctor may have to take an X-ray, bone scan, CT or MRI to understand what type of injury it is. To begin treating the break, your doctor may recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever. One procedure to fix the fracture is called, “reduction.” This consists of the doctor manipulating the bones back into the correct position. Another option is immobilization, which involves the foot being put in a cast or boot. Occasionally, surgery is an option. If you cannot see a doctor immediately and suspect you have a broken foot, it is suggested to apply ice, keep the foot elevated, avoid putting weight on it and wrap the injury lightly. If you believe you may have a broken foot, or have any kind of foot pain, you should consult with a podiatrist who can help.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 15 July 2019 00:00

Rare Hair Splinter in the Foot

A type of foot and heel pain may stem from the very rare “hair splinter.” This happens when a hair shaft gets under the skin and creeps deeper into the body. The scientific name for the condition is “cutaneous pili migrans.” It may be confused with a parasite, as it typically has a worm-like shape. The hair splinter has only been recorded in the medical community a few times. In the past 60 years, there have been 26 known cases of cutaneous pili migrans. Once the hair is removed from the body, it appears that the pain stops. Although a severe hair splinter is rare, foot and heel pain is not. If you are experiencing any type of discomfort in the foot area, you should consult with a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat a variety of ailments.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 00:00

Running Shoes VS Walking Shoes

Running shoes and walking shoes have very different characteristics. Runners shouldn’t run in walking shoes, as the majority of them are too stiff and do not flex the way that runners need them to. A fitness walker on the other hand can be suited for either a running or walking shoe. For them, it all comes down to analyzing both types of shoes and then determining which brand works best. Runners require extra cushioning in their shoes as they impact the ground with three times their body weight with each step. Walkers don’t require much cushioning, which is why walking shoes have less cushion than running shoes. Another difference is that running shoes have built-up heels to give the runner more spacing, whereas walking shoes have a lower heel due to the foot strike not being as significant when you walk. One final difference is the amount of flexibility each shoe offers. While runners and walkers both need shoes that have flexibility, running shoes will offer some more flexibility than walking shoes. Many shoes that are marketed as walking shoes do not flex at all. Not a lot of flexibility is given to walking shoes as it gives the user more motion control. Obtain an opinion from a podiatrist on which kind of shoe may be best for you.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

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

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Monday, 01 July 2019 00:00

What is PRP?

PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is located in your body’s own blood. It is responsible for clotting the blood and it also contains growth factors necessary for healing damaged tissues of the tendons and ligaments. Athletes in the MLB and NFL are widely treated with PRP for foot and ankle injuries such as chronic tendon injuries, Achilles injuries and heel pain. The treatment for PRP is done similarly to a blood test. A small amount of blood is drawn from the arm and is then placed in a centrifuge. The plasma portion is separated and placed into a syringe for injection into the injured part of the body. This allows for the healing process to speed up and for patients to return to their physical activities right away. PRP is also considered a viable option for patients that have pain associated with tendinitis in the Achilles, plantar fasciitis and other common foot and ankle injuries. If you feel PRP would be the right treatment for you, see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you are suffering from a foot condition, contact one of our podiatrists of Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood taken from a patient and spun in a centrifuge, concentrating the amount of platelets. The plasma is then re-injected into the site of injury or damage, assisting the body in repairing damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue. PRP helps the body speed up its healing process.

Uses of PRP

Injuries affecting the foot sometimes don’t heal properly because of poor blood circulation. The healing time slows down, and recovery time is affected by poor blood supply. PRP injections will speed up recovery and resolve this issue.

Treatment

PRP is the first regenerative treatment for damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. No surgery needed. It is only applied with an insertion of a needle.

Ultrasound – An ultrasound is needed for proper placement of the platelets.

Injection – When the first injection is received, the patient will return to the doctor in about 2 to 3 weeks and monitor the recovery process.

Recovery time – Some people respond to treatments differently. Therefore, depending on your condition, the doctor will make any remaining decisions on how many more injections are needed, or if any additional ones are even required.

Benefits

One may be able to avoid major surgery, and recovery time will be cut down. PRP injections also avoid creating scar tissue and damage to the area. Risks are also very low using PRP as a treatment. There is no risk of rejection, contracting a disease from using another person’s blood, or infection.

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

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