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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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high heel14The height of a heel that a woman wears can have an impact on the health of her foot. When a woman wears a heel that is higher than 3 inches, she is seven times more likely to have problems with her feet. Foot pads are recommended for women who often wear heels because they can make walking in them more comfortable. It is also important to stretch your achilles tendon after wearing heels to avoid injury.

High heels have a history for causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet contact Dr. Clifton Barretta from Associated Foot Health Center. Dr. Barrettacan provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because their style and societal appeal. Despite this, they can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain. Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising. If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available.

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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toenail fungus7A project called PRODERMA, being developed by the University of Barcelona, Ojer Pharma Laboratories, and Tecnalia Research & Innovation, has created a bioadhesive gel to refine and improve the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. Those who have diabetic feet may find that they suffer from nerve and circulation problems, which can lead to neuropathy, or the loss of sensation. Neuropathy can lead to the development of foot injuries, such as ulcers and infections.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet 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.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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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athletes foot9Corns and calluses develop as the thickening of skin “in areas where there is pressure from a deformed toe or poorly fitted shoe.” Ill-fitting shoes can lead to corns and calluses forming, so make sure to take proper care of your feet. Be considerate of shoe size, length, and width. Shoe brands can also vary by sizes. Shoes should be comfortable and not tight on the feet, as corns and calluses can form in response.

If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles 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.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

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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foot injuryYoung athletes who participate in strenuous sports are prone to overuse injuries, which occur from overuse or repeated trauma to our tissue and muscles. As adolescents’ bones and muscles are still developing, this makes them especially susceptible to overuse injuries. This can occur in the bones as a stress fracture or in the tendons and muscles as tendinitis. Treating overuse injuries involves therapy, rest, rehab, and surgery. Preventing overuse injuries involves proper training and taking gradual breaks from high contact sports.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. If you have any concerns, 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.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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, 06 June 2016 00:35

What Causes Heel Pain?

achilles tendon6Heel pain is one of the most common foot ailments, with “an estimated 10 percent experiencing this condition at some point during their life.” Heel pain can be caused by repeated stress or trauma to our tissues in our feet, leading to pain and inflammation in the heels. It’s essential to see your podiatrist immediately to prevent the further onset of your foot condition. Physical therapy, orthotics, and night splints are all potential treatment options for heel pain.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. For more information, 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.

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 thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

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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broken toe3Also known as onychomycosis, toenail fungus is a fungal infection that can lead to the toenails becoming brittle and yellow and eventually the toenail separating from the nail bed if the condition becomes severe. Toenail fungus is “a common condition that affects up to 10% of the population,” and can be treated with antifungal medication, laser therapy, and surgery. Many different factors can lead to the development of toenail fungus, including public areas that have open bodies of water and poorly-fitting shoes.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, doing so is not impossible. If you have any concerns with your feetcontact 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.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

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: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
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Associated Foot Health Center
105 Mead Ave
Meadville, PA, 16335

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