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December 2019

Monday, 30 December 2019 00:00

The Importance of Stretching Your Feet

Because the feet are the foundation of the body, and carry your weight on a day to day basis, it is important to make sure you are keeping the muscles strong. To help maintain a healthy, strong foot structure, it is recommended that you perform foot stretches. One simple exercise you can practice consists of sitting on the floor with your legs stretched out and wrapping a towel around the balls of your feet. Once comfortable, begin pulling your toes towards your body while keeping your knees straight, and repeating this motion 3 times for each foot, while holding for 30 seconds. Another exercise you can practice to build strength involves sitting in a chair, and with your heel on the ground, picking up a towel with your toes. Adding these simple exercises to your daily routine can help benefit the overall health of  your feet. If you would like more ideas on how to stretch the feet, we suggest you speak with a podiatrist for professional tips and recommendations.

Why Stretching Is Important for Your Feet

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with John M. Fanelly, DPM from Northeast Philadelphia. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first to determine if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous exercise, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.

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

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Monday, 23 December 2019 00:00

What Is Plantar Hyperhidrosis Caused By?

Patients who have feet that sweat excessively may have a condition that is known as plantar hyperhidrosis. It may occur from having overactive sweat glands, and can cause discomfort and embarrassment. There are several reasons why plantar hyperhidrosis may develop. These can consist of having an overactive thyroid, taking certain medications, or having anxiety attacks. It may be controlled by using a strong antiperspirant, having specific medicines prescribed, or undergoing a surgical procedure. If you are suffering from this condition, please consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can properly treat this condition.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact John M. Fanelly, DPM of Northeast Philadelphia. Our doctor can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

Elderly People and Foot Pain

Patients who have foot pain may experience difficulty in walking in addition to maintaining proper balance. This can be a common condition among older patients, and may lead to an increased risk of falling. Research has indicated that varying types of foot pain affects one in four elderly people. Chronic foot pain can make walking difficult, and may be managed by being under the care of a podiatrist. The benefits of identifying the cause of foot pain followed by correctly treating it can possibly help to reinstate independence to elderly patients. Additionally, it may help seniors to realize that their foot conditions may be a treatable medical condition, and may possibly have little to do with aging. If you have any type of foot pain, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward correct treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with John M. Fanelly, DPM from Northeast Philadelphia. 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 Philadelphia, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 16 December 2019 00:00

Who Does Sever’s Disease Affect?

The medical condition that is referred to as Sever’s disease generally targets teenagers. It can occur when the heel bone grows faster than the tendons, ligaments, and muscles in the leg, and this can possibly cause them to stretch beyond their normal range. This condition can affect teens who frequently participate in sporting events that involve running and jumping activities. Patients who experience this type of injury may have symptoms that can consist of swelling in the heel area, pain and discomfort when the foot is touched, and it may be difficult to walk. Treatment options can include elevating the affected the foot which may help to reduce swelling, performing specific stretches that can strengthen the foot, and in severe cases, the child may have a cast. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer proper treatment solutions.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see John M. Fanelly, DPM from Northeast Philadelphia. 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 Philadelphia, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 00:00

Children and Foot Maintenance

It is helpful for children to learn the importance of taking care of their feet at an early age. This generally includes washing and drying the feet thoroughly, especially between the toes. This may help to prevent athlete’s foot from developing as the child ages. While indoors, it is beneficial to air the shoes and feet out by walking barefoot, which in turn, may also help to strengthen the toes. Toenails need to be trimmed frequently, and this is done properly by cutting the nail straight across the toe. It is helpful to wear shoes that fit correctly and have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. If you would like to learn more about how to take care of children’s feet, it is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact John M. Fanelly, DPM of Northeast Philadelphia. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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

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Research has indicated there are three habits to develop that may be beneficial in preventing running injuries. Running and jogging may be easier to enjoy when the body is warmed up. An effective warm-up can increase the body’s range of motion and flexibility. The second habit consists of running with a goal in mind. It may be helpful to follow a program that can alternate running styles. People who enjoy the sport of running are aware of the third habit which consists of properly stretching and noticing if there are existing aches and pains. If you would like additional information about how to prevent running injuries, it is advised that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can provide you with the necessary knowledge.

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 John M. Fanelly, DPM of Northeast Philadelphia. 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 Philadelphia, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Research has indicated that frequently wearing flip flops may cause unpleasant foot conditions to gradually develop. These can include heel and ankle pain, in addition to increasing the likelihood of stubbing your toe, which may lead to a broken toe. The average flip flop has minimal support for the overall foot. This includes little cushioning in the heel and arch area, which can contribute to a lack of shock absorption. The toes may undergo stress as they attempt to keep the shoe on the foot, as a result of excessive gripping. People who wear this type of shoe often take shorter steps, which may alter their style of walking. Painful conditions such as heel spurs and plantar fasciitis may develop as a result of wearing flip flops. Additional information is available from a podiatrist about the harmful effects wearing flip flops could have on the feet.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact John M. Fanelly, DPM from Northeast Philadelphia. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

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

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Monday, 02 December 2019 00:00

Contagious Athlete’s Foot

The uncomfortable condition that is known as athlete’s foot is considered to be contagious. The fungus that causes this ailment lives and thrives in warm and moist environments that often include communal shower rooms, locker rooms, and surrounding areas. The symptoms are often noticed between the toes, and on the soles of the feet. They can consist of severe itching, oozing blisters, and burning or stinging sensations. Additionally, the skin may also appear red. Mild relief may be found when an antifungal powder or cream is applied to the affected area. Athlete's foot may be prevented by washing and drying your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes, and wearing appropriate shoes while in public areas. If you have this condition, it is advised that you speak to a podiatrist who can prescribe the medication that is needed for relief.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact John M. Fanelly, DPM from Northeast Philadelphia.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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

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