Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

Plantar fibromatosis is a foot condition that affects the arch in the foot. It is also known as Ledderhose disease, and is characterized by lumps that form on the soles of the feet. These are considered to be benign growths, despite the severe pain they can cause. The symptoms that people experience who have this condition include foot and ankle pain, and a tingling sensation that can be likened to a “pins and needles” feeling. Mild relief may be found when soft insoles are worn in the shoes, which may help to cushion the feet. Also, there are specific stretches that can help the foot feel better overall. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary for permanent removal if milder treatments prove to be ineffective. If you have any of these symptoms, it is strongly advised that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can help you find relief.

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Care Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in West Chester, and Broomall, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

The pain that is associated with the foot condition that is known as Morton’s neuroma is generally found in the ball of the foot. It happens as a result of a compressed or irritated nerve between the third and fourth toes, and it occurs more frequently in women. Wearing high heels may be a common cause for Morton’s neuroma to develop. More often than not, the toes may have limited room to move freely in, and the nerve may become inflamed. Common symptoms of this ailment include a burning sensation in the ball of the foot, and some patients describe the feeling as similar to standing on a marble or pebble. Additionally, the toes may be affected as the pain radiates through the foot, and can be uncomfortable. A proper diagnosis is needed to rule out arthritis or a fracture, and this is accomplished by having an X-ray taken. If you have pain in this part of your foot, a podiatrist can provide you with answers to questions you may have, and guide you toward the treatment that is best for you.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Care Specialists. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in West Chester, and Broomall, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Research has indicated that approximately 25% of people who are over 65 years old will experience a fall. This can result in a serious foot injury, such as a broken foot or ankle. People who have fallen may develop a fear of falling, which may lead to becoming inactive. There are methods that can be implemented that may help to reduce falling. These include having regular physical and eye examinations, and this is useful in updating existing medication and eyeglasses. Additionally, it is beneficial to install grab bars in the shower and toilet area, and it is safer while bathing when a bath mat is used. Many people improve the lighting in the household, and find it helpful to remove worn rugs that may be considered a tripping hazard. The feet can be affected by falling, and it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you if that should happen

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Care Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in West Chester, and Broomall, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2022 00:00

When a woman carries a baby to term during a pregnancy, she undergoes a litany of different bodily changes. Many of these changes can impact the feet. For example, during a pregnancy, a woman can experience sensations of itchiness on her feet. This itchiness can prove to be quite an annoyance for a pregnant woman, particularly during the nighttime when the sensations may interrupt sleep. Itchy feelings are primarily caused by hormonal skin changes. There are a number of steps that a pregnant woman can take to mitigate the itchiness. For instance, a woman can wear socks that have a loose fit and are made of breathable materials. In particular, socks that are made of cotton or even wool can fit this description. To soothe itchy feet, a pregnant woman can apply a good moisturizer on the feet. Additionally, giving the feet an oatmeal bath could help soothe itchiness. Lastly, massaging the feet could minimize itching sensations. Be sure to contact your podiatrist about these techniques and others to ensure that you are doing what is best for your own feet. If you are pregnant, contact a podiatrist today who can help you to maintain proper foot care.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Care Specialists. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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