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


Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

A broken pinky toe, while seemingly minor, can cause significant discomfort and affect daily routines. Typically occurring from direct trauma such as stubbing against furniture or dropping a heavy object on the foot, a broken pinky toe can cause intense pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight. However, conditions like stress fractures, sprains, or dislocations can mimic similar symptoms, complicating self-diagnosis. Stress fractures result from repetitive stress on the toe, sprains involve stretching or tearing of ligaments, and dislocations occur when the bones are displaced from their normal position. Seeking a podiatrist's expertise is suggested for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. Podiatrists employ various diagnostic tools, such as physical examination, X-rays, or MRI scans, to identify the specific issue.For a proper diagnosis, appropriate treatment plan, ranging from rest and immobilization to surgery, if necessary, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, 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 Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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 tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 03 April 2024 00:00

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

A broken ankle, or ankle fracture, occurs when one or more bones in the ankle joint break. This injury often happens due to a sudden twisting motion, direct impact, or a fall. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected ankle. Treatment typically involves immobilization with a cast or brace, rest, elevation, and pain management. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to realign the bones or stabilize severe fractures. Podiatrists provide treatment and management of broken ankles, provide expert diagnosis, and coordinate treatment plans. Additionally, they can monitor the healing progress and offer rehabilitation guidance to restore function and prevent future complications. If you have sustained an ankle fracture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with this type of health professional.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, 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 Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Maintaining balance and stability is essential for daily activities and overall well-being. Incorporating specific foot stretches into your routine can help strengthen muscles, improve proprioception, and enhance stability. One effective exercise is toe-tapping, where you alternate tapping your toes on the ground while keeping your heels stationary. This movement engages the muscles in your feet and ankles, promoting better balance. Another beneficial exercise is heel-to-toe walking, also known as tandem walking, where you walk in a straight line placing the heel of one foot directly in front of the toes of the opposite foot. This exercise challenges your balance and awareness of your body movement, helping to improve coordination and stability. Practicing single-leg balance exercises, such as standing on one foot for increasing durations, can further enhance stability. By incorporating these foot exercises into your daily routine, you can strengthen your foundation, improve balance, and reduce the risk of falls and injuries, ultimately supporting your overall health and mobility. If you are seeking additional foot stretches to perform, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are looking for.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Kevin F. Gallagher from Gallagher Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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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