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


October 2020

Monday, 26 October 2020 00:00

The Signs and Symptoms of Sever's Disease

Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a bone condition in which the growth plate of the heel bone becomes inflamed. This condition is most common among children between the ages of 8 and 15, especially those who participate in sports that require a lot of running or jumping. The signs and symptoms of Sever’s disease include pain or tenderness in one or both heels, swelling and redness in the heel, difficulty walking, discomfort or stiffness in the heel upon waking up in the morning, discomfort when the heel is squeezed on both sides, and developing an unusual walk, such as a limp or walking on tiptoes, to avoid putting pressure on the affected heel. If your child complains of heel pain, it is recommended that you take them to a podiatrist. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Kevin F. Gallagher from Gallagher Podiatry. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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 injuries.

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Monday, 19 October 2020 00:00

All About Bunionettes

Bunionettes, also known as Tailor’s bunions, are bony protrusions at the base of the little toe on the outside of the foot. Like bunions, bunionettes are a deformity that can cause discomfort and pain when anything rubs against them. Bunionettes are usually caused by wearing shoes that constrict the foot, such as high heels or shoes with pointed toes. They can also be caused by genetics, arthritis, or a misalignment of the foot. Treatments for this condition include wearing comfortable, supportive shoes with wide toe boxes and wearing special pads that reduce pain from the bunionette. In very severe cases, surgery may be needed to remove the bunionette or to realign the bone of the pinky toe. If you suffer from bunionettes, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. Kevin F. Gallagher of Gallagher Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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 care needs.

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Monday, 12 October 2020 00:00

What Can Cause a Foot Blister?

A blister is a fluid-filled pocket that forms on the outer layer of skin. The blister exists to protect and cushion the layers of skin below, so popping it is not recommended. Many people get blisters on their feet. This is typically due to friction from footwear rubbing repeatedly against the skin. Other causes of blisters include exposure to extreme temperatures, exposure to certain chemicals, crushing and pinching of blood vessels near the surface of the skin, and medical conditions such as chicken pox, eczema, and dyshidrosis. If you have a painful foot blister, it is recommended that you visit a podiatrist for treatment.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Kevin F. Gallagher of Gallagher Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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 care needs.

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Thursday, 08 October 2020 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

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

Does your day begin with a painful step when you get of bed? That stabbing pain in your heel may be plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that is brought about by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot. Your first step of the day may have a painful feeling because your foot tries to heal itself overnight in a contracted position. When you take your first step of the day, the bottom of the foot is suddenly strained, causing pain in the heel and arch. Plantar fasciitis can have several different causes. In many cases, it is an injury stemming from overuse. Many athletes train too hard too quickly, leading to this type of injury. It can also be caused by poor foot biomechanics or wearing poorly fitted shoes. For more information about plantar fasciitis, consult with a podiatrist today. 

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Kevin F. Gallagher of Gallagher Podiatry. 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 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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