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


February 2021

Monday, 22 February 2021 00:00

What Are Common Running Injuries?

The benefits of incorporating running into a frequent routine can include burning excess calories and toning the body. Despite the benefits people may experience from running, there are a variety of foot injuries that can occur. These can include black toenails, which can happen from the nail consistently hitting the top of the shoe. This can cause bleeding underneath the toenail, and the nail may gradually fall off. Additionally, plantar fasciitis can result from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or from running on uneven surfaces. Patients may develop blisters and heel spurs, which can make it painful to run. If you would like more information about how to prevent running injuries, it is recommended that you confer with a podiatrist who can address any concerns that you may have.

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. Kevin F. Gallagher of Gallagher Podiatry. 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 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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Monday, 15 February 2021 00:00

Necessary Care for a Broken Foot

A broken foot can happen as a result of falling or enduring a sudden injury. The healing process can begin when a proper diagnosis is performed, which generally means having an X-ray taken. This is commonly followed by wearing a protective boot or cast, and it may help existing swelling when the foot is frequently elevated. The boot or cast may aid in walking while attempting to complete daily activities. If the fracture is severe, and the bone is protruding from the skin, surgery may be necessary for proper healing. It is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist if you have broken your foot.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. 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.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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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Monday, 08 February 2021 00:00

What Type of Corn Do I Have?

Excessive friction is generally the reason why a corn on the foot can develop. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, running consistently, or possibly from abnormal bone structure. A common place for a corn to develop is on the pinky toe. As small as the corn may be, it is able to cause severe pain and discomfort, and wearing shoes can become difficult. Some patients have a corn that develops between the toes. These are considered to be soft corns, and will stay moist as a result of wearing socks for the majority of the day. Mild relief may be found when the corn is covered by a protective pad, and it may help to wear larger size shoes. If you have any type of corn on your foot, please consult with a podiatrist who can offer the best treatment options for you.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Kevin F. Gallagher of Gallagher Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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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Monday, 01 February 2021 00:00

What Should I Do if I Sprained My Ankle?

An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments of the ankle which can cause pain, tenderness, swelling, bruising, instability, and difficulty walking. If you have sustained an ankle sprain, medical treatment will likely be necessary. Depending on the severity of your sprain, your podiatrist can recommend various treatments. Generally, it is best to rest the affected ankle by avoiding activities that can aggravate the sprain, such as running. At home, applying ice to the ankle, compressing it gently with a bandage, and keeping it elevated may relieve some of your pain and discomfort. For more information about how to care for your sprained ankle, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. 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.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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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