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Lansdale Podiatry Office
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Lansdale, PA 19446
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Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00

Plantar fasciitis, more commonly referred to as heel pain, is a common condition among runners and athletes, those who are overweight, and people who have to stand all day. While not life-threatening, it can cause substantial pain and discomfort to those who experience it. Thankfully, there are some things that you can do to help alleviate the pain. First, rest your feet and avoid any strenuous activities that may have led to the heel pain. Second, ice your feet and use anti-inflammatory medications prescribed or recommended by a podiatrist. Some podiatrists may suggest some sort of relatively non-strenuous therapy to strengthen the feet, however, this is not always recommended. Maintaining a healthy weight can also reduce the stress on the feet that could lead to heel pain. Finally, be sure to wear comfortable shoes that have good cushioning and support for your feet.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Rick L. Simon of Pennsylvania. Our doctor 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 our office located in Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

The San Francisco 49ers just lost rookie linebacker Reuben Foster due to a high ankle sprain. The injury came during the 49ers vs Panthers game when he went to tackle another player. He is expected to be out for at least a month. Foster is a promising player for the team and was considered to be a top draft pick. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan spoke well of Foster during the short time he was in the game. Hopefully Foster heals quickly so he can get back into the game.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Rick L. Simon of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports 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 Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

Diabetics are at an increased risk for serious foot injuries. Due to neuropathy, diabetics may not realize that they have foot wounds. They also generally experience poor blood circulation; this means it’s harder for wounds to heal and makes infection more likely. Seeing a podiatrist before you go shoe shopping is a great idea. They can also make custom recommendations for you. When you do buy, going later in the day is best since feet get larger throughout the day. If one foot is larger than the other, go with a size that provides enough space for the larger foot. A good pair of shoes should be soft and provide good cushion and enough support. Make sure that there aren’t any seams that can rub up against your feet, and ensure that the shoes provide space for toes to wiggle. Finally, replace your shoes when they become worn out. Diabetes brings many challenges with it, but knowing how to take care of your feet can prevent potential injury.

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. Rick L. Simon from Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially 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, as 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 Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 00:00

Even when a runner takes precautions, it's not uncommon for them to still suffer an injury. However do not let this deter you from running. While pre-workout stretching won’t prevent every injury, it is still important to do it. Some exercises that can prevent running injuries include the partial squat, calf raises, and hip bridges. To do a partial squat, stand on one leg with arms forward for balance and squat down a little, then switch legs. This can help prevent knee pain. Calf raises help prevent tendonitis. To do a calf raise, stand on one foot and bring your heel off the ground while standing on the ball of your foot, then come back down and use the other foot. Finally, hip bridges can strengthen glutes which takes pressure off of the feet and ankles when running. To do a hip bridge, lay your upper back on an object while keeping your feet on the ground and your legs bent at a 90 degree angle. Then dip with your pelvic region and come back up to form a parallel line with the ground with your body. Do each of these 10 times and for two to three sets. Remember to ask your podiatrist if running and stretching is right for you.

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. Rick L. Simon of Pennsylvania. 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 Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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