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Kevin F Gallagher, DPM
Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery
(724) 941-4330


Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Sesamoiditis is a painful condition that affects the sesamoid bones, which are the small bones located beneath the big toe joint in the foot. These bones act as pulleys, aiding in movement and providing support for the tendons. Sesamoiditis occurs when these bones become inflamed or irritated, typically due to overuse or repetitive stress. Dancers, runners, and individuals who engage in activities that involve high impact on the feet are particularly susceptible to this condition. Common symptoms of sesamoiditis include pain and swelling surrounding the base of the big toe, which may worsen with activity and improve with rest. In some cases, there may be difficulty bending or straightening the big toe. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat sesamoiditis.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Kevin F. Gallagher of Gallagher Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Gout and bunions are distinct foot conditions that can sometimes be confused due to similar symptoms of pain and swelling in the big toe area. Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joint, leading to sudden, severe pain, redness, and swelling. It often affects the big toe but can occur in other joints. Bunions are structural deformities where the big toe deviates toward the other toes, causing a bony bump on the side of the foot. This can result from wearing tight shoes, genetic factors, or arthritis. Bunions can cause chronic pain, especially while walking or wearing shoes, and can lead to swelling and redness. To manage gout, lifestyle changes such as reducing alcohol and purine-rich foods, staying hydrated, and taking medications to lower uric acid levels are recommended. Bunions may be managed with properly fitting shoes, orthotics, and, in severe cases, surgery. If you have toe pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan for either condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Kevin F. Gallagher from Gallagher Podiatry. Our doctor will 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 one of our offices located in McMurray and Hickory, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 03 July 2024 00:00

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, can be alleviated through specific stretches and exercises designed to strengthen and relax the plantar fascia. One effective stretch is the calf stretch, performed by leaning against a wall with one leg extended back and the other bent forward, ensuring both heels are on the ground. This stretch targets the calf muscles and Achilles tendon, providing relief. The towel stretch involves sitting with legs extended, looping a towel around the toes, and gently pulling them towards the body to stretch the bottom of the foot. Rolling a tennis ball or a frozen water bottle under the foot can massage the plantar fascia and reduce tension. Additionally, toe curls and picking up marbles with the toes can strengthen the muscles in the foot. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose plantar fasciitis, and stress how specific stretches may help to provide relief.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Kevin F. Gallagher  from Gallagher Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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