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Monday, 12 September 2016 13:53

How to Get Rid of Ingrown Toenails

plantar fasciitis6Ingrown toenails occur when the corner of your nail grows downward instead of outward. This can be caused by wearing shoes that are too small, or cutting your toenails improperly. The first step to getting rid of an ingrown toenail is to pull the nail away from the skin. Prior to doing this, you should soak the affected toe in saltwater for 10-15 minutes in order to reduce swelling. If your attempt to remove the ingrown toenail at home doesn’t work, you should go see a podiatrist.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Clifton Barretta from Associated Foot Health Center. Dr. Barretta will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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Monday, 05 September 2016 11:42

Dillon Brooks Undergoes Foot Surgery

ankle surgeryOregon’s Dillon Brooks has recently decided to undergo foot surgery. Consequently, he will not be able to join the Ducks on their trip to Spain. The specifics of the injury itself have not been revealed to the public; it is unknown whether it is a fracture or a spur. Although Brooks’ absence is detrimental to the team, he is expected to return before November.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Clifton Barretta from Associated Foot Health Center. Dr. Barretta can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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

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Monday, 29 August 2016 20:24

Running May Prevent Arthritis

running shoe9A study conducted in 2013 revealed that runners are less likely to develop arthritis compared to walkers. The man who conducted the study, Paul Williams, concluded that running lowers body mass index more than walking. This suggests that lower body weight might be the key to preventing arthritis. This study does not mean that those with a family history of arthritis should start running. However, for people with good overall health and no risk factors, running could be very beneficial.

Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. If you are suffering from a running injury, contact Dr. Clifton Barretta from Associated Foot Health Center. Dr. Barretta can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

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 offices located in Meadville, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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athletes foot8Athlete’s foot is one of the most common foot conditions a person could experience, as the condition itself is very contagious and can spread easily from person to person. The fungus behind Athlete’s foot typically grow in warm and damp environments; that is why it is important to wear flip-flops in public areas such as around the pool, the public shower, or a locker room. People who walk barefoot through such areas are more likely to contract the fungus and develop Athlete’s foot.   

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 Dr. Clifton Barretta from Associated Foot Health Center. Dr. Barrettawill 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 helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.

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

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Monday, 15 August 2016 19:18

Arthritis affects People of All Ages

arthritis 2Arthritis is a common condition that affects people of all ages. It occurs when the tissue that lines the inside of joints becomes inflamed or swollen. Out of the 40 million people in the United States who have arthritis, 300,000 are children aged 16 and under. The cause of juvenile arthritis is currently unknown; however researchers believe that genetics may play a role in its development. Juvenile arthritis may have long term effects on children, so it is important to have them diagnosed early. Unfortunately, there is no cure for juvenile arthritis, but there are treatment options available to relieve inflammation.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment,contact Dr. Clifton Barretta from Associated Foot Health Center. Dr. Barrettacan provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care           

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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

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barefoot running7Although there are many people who support barefoot running, there are also a lot of people who are against it. Many coaches believe that barefoot running plays a role in preventing injuries among runners. Not only could barefoot running help runners avoid injury, but it could also improve muscle strength. A recent study that has been conducted shows that barefoot running could have a positive impact on foot strike patterns.

Barefoot running has its own share of benefits and disadvantages. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Clifton Barretta from Associated Foot Health Center. Dr. Barretta will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running
-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running
-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running
-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

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

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Monday, 01 August 2016 13:05

Gout vs. Bursitis

gout3Gout and bursitis are both conditions that can lead to inflammation and pain in the joints. However, gout has a more direct impact on the joints compared to bursitis which impacts the fluid filled sacs that surround the joints. Bursitis usually occurs as a result of the overuse of a joint, but this isn’t the case with gout. Men tend to be at a higher risk of having gout compared to women, especially if they are over 40.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Clifton Barretta from Associated Foot Health Center. Dr. Barrettawill treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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childrens feet11Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can affect any part of the body. However, the condition usually occurs on hands, armpits, the head, and feet. There are prescription antiperspirants that can be used in order to treat hyperhidrosis. Some people even opt to have a procedure called “suction curettage” done in order to suction out sweat glands.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Dr. Clifton Barretta from Associated Foot Health Center. Dr. Barretta will treat 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 in Meadville, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 15:56

Treat Your Cracked Heels

corns2Cracked heels are caused by the occurrence of fissures in dry skin over the heels of feet. A sign of this condition is abnormally thick and dry skin around the heels of the feet. This condition may develop into cellulitis if it goes untreated. There are a variety of different causes for cracked heels. Prolonged standing on a very hard floor is a common cause of the condition; however this can be prevented by wearing footwear that is properly padded near the heel and sole areas. Eczema is another common cause of cracked heels, because it increases skin dryness. An increase in the amount of skin dryness makes the heels more likely to crack. In order to treat cracked heels, you should use a pumice stone to exfoliate the dead skin. You should also moisturize your feet daily with oil based moisturizers.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Clifton Barretta from Associated Foot Health Center. Dr. Barretta will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they 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 so it can stay on longer.

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

Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

Change in Diet

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

Most importantly seek a health professional for foot care if something is wrong or doesn’t seem to be working. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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Friday, 15 July 2016 15:23

Help Your Feet Stay Healthy

legsThere are many ways for you to help your feet stay healthy every day. One of them is to make sure your feet are always dry. You should also wear shower shoes while using a public shower in order to prevent fungus. Another way to maintain healthy feet is to avoid wearing narrow or high heeled shoes; these types of shoes force your feet into unnatural positions which can result in bunions or blisters.

Every day foot care is very important, especially for those that are lacking the proper foot care resources. For more information about everyday foot care, contact Dr. Clifton Barretta from Associated Foot Health Center. Dr. Barretta will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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