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Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

Risk Factors for Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are caused by calcium deposits that build up beneath the heel. These calcium deposits cause bony protrusions that can cause discomfort or pain. There are some risk factors that increase the chances of developing a heel spur, and one of these risk factors is participating in athletic activities. For example, running and jumping can strain the heel and arch of the foot. If the heel is exposed to trauma, that also increases the risk of a heel spur; trauma usually involves the bruising or tearing of the membrane that covers the heel. Gender, age, and weight also affect the likelihood of developing heel spurs. Heel spurs are more common in women than men; and the older an individual is, the more at risk they are. Obesity can also be linked to heel spurs due to the additional pressure being placed on the foot. If you think you may have a heel spur, speak with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to learn about treatment. 

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Kevin F. Gallagher from Gallagher Podiatry. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in McMurray, Hickory, Mt. Oliver, and Dormont, PA. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

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Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The medical condition that is referred to as rheumatoid arthritis is often accompanied by specific symptoms. These may include pain, stiffness in different areas of the foot, or swelling. Additionally, many patients may feel feverish, or have an overall sense of fatigue. This may be a result of how this autoimmune disorder may affect the overall body. There are treatment options that exist, which may bring a mild form of relief. Some patients benefit by wearing shoes that are comfortable, or using orthotics, which may be helpful in relieving excess pressure. If you are noticing any of these symptoms, and would like a proper diagnosis, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can offer correct treatment techniques.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Dr. Kevin F. Gallagher of Gallagher Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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

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Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

Potential Dangers of Wearing High Heels

Many women choose to wear high heels to enhance the lines of the legs and feet. Research has shown there may be disadvantages to wearing this type of shoe, which may include potential damage to different parts of the foot. If you have a bunion, it may become worse while wearing high heels. This may be a result of limited room in the toe area of the shoe, which may put excess pressure on the toes. Many patients experience ingrown toenails from wearing high heels. This may be due to having inadequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additionally, the risk of falling may increase from wearing high heels, and this may lead to other painful conditions. If you would like additional information about how high heels affect the feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, 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.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

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

Which Parts of 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.  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 one of our offices located in McMurray, Hickory, Mt. Oliver, and Dormont, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 00:00

Wounds that Don't Heal Need to be Checked

Your feet are covered a good part of the day. If you are diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often another sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Monday, 04 March 2019 00:00

Important Ways to Care for Your Feet

One of the best ways to care for your feet is to wear shoes that fit comfortably. This may prevent unwanted foot conditions from developing, which may include bunions or hammertoe. Some patients may experience general foot pain, and taking a walk may help to stretch the muscles in the feet.  The importance of washing and drying the feet daily may help to prevent fungal infections and unpleasant foot odor. Utilizing a good moisturizer will not only make the feet feel good, but aid in preventing cracked heels from developing. Additionally, the painful condition that is known as ingrown toenails may be less likely to develop if the toenails are properly trimmed. For more information on how to implement daily foot care routines, please consult with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, 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.

Everyday 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. 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 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. 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 one of our offices located in McMurray, Hickory, Mt. Oliver, and Dormont, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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