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Common among runners and other athletes, black or blue toenails are often a sign of damage to the nail. While typically not the most serious of injuries, they should be observed and treated to prevent them from worsening or not healing properly. Discoloration of the nail occurs from blood forming in the toe from trauma. When the nail has sustained enough damage, it may also fall off. While a new nail will develop, it is important to continue observing the toe because fungus or bacteria could grow. Seeing a podiatrist who can determine what is wrong with the toe so they can provide treatment options is recommended. Be sure to check your shoe size as well; making sure your shoes properly fit and provide support and space for your toes can help prevent damage to them in the first place.

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Bert Altmanshofer of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals &  Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

Pregnancy and Swollen Feet

Swollen feet among pregnant women is a very common and normal condition. However, it can be very uncomfortable for women and should be monitored closely. The feet become swollen most often in the third trimester due to increased blood pressure and fluids in the lower body. The swelling tends to worsen during the day but can decrease or go away after a night of sleep. Sometimes, the swelling can spread to other parts of the body such as the thighs, hands and face. If the swelling spreads, it is important to see a doctor, as this could be a sign of potentially serious conditions. While you can’t get rid of swollen feet, consuming less salt, avoiding the consumption of too much liquid, and getting enough vitamins can help reduce the swelling. If your feet are swollen and are causing you pain, it is recommended to see a podiatrist for treatment.

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 Dr. Bert Altmanshofer from Pennsylvania. Our doctor 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 office located in Duncansville, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

Podiatrists and Pedicurists

Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in the foot and ankle and can treat the most severe foot conditions. While conditions like corns, calluses, foot fungus, and cracked heels may seem minor to some, podiatrists offer the best solutions when it comes to fixing them. Pedicurists, on the other hand, are cosmeticians and cannot treat foot ailments. Pedicurists may also not know what a fungal infection like athlete's foot looks like and may therefore be unable to alert you if you have the condition. Despite this, pedicures are a great way to beautify and maintain clean-looking feet. Just ensure that the pedicure salon uses clean instruments, as unclean tools can potentially lead to fungal infections. Be wary of the type of nail polish used by a pedicurist, as certain varieties can be harsh on nails and preserve and hide toenail infections. If the pedicurist cuts skin around the cuticle, this is potentially dangerous and can also lead to infections. Above all, be aware of what is going on in a pedicure salon; remember that pedicurists are not podiatrists and cannot help with foot conditions. If you have an issue with your feet, see a podiatrist for proper care.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Dr. Bert Altmanshofer from Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 00:00

New York Giants Player Evan Schwan Breaks Foot

The New York Giants are getting off badly with a number of foot injuries. Defensive end Evan Schwan broke his foot during the recent Giants vs Jets game. Teammate Eli Apple suffered an ankle injury during the same game, while Odell Beckham sprained his ankle the week prior. Just how long Schwan will be out is unknown, but it is speculated that he may potentially be out for the entire season. Unfortunately, the play which caused Schwan’s injury was not originally planned for the game. Officials were reviewing the previous play but had not stopped the game or told the coaches. Ordinarily the game would’ve paused until a ruling came forward; this could have potentially prevented the injury.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Bert Altmanshofer of Pennsylvania. 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 our office located in Duncansville, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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