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After having sustained a number of foot and ankle injuries to their players, Navy football is making some changes to prevent future injuries. With three players having suffered from foot injuries and one from a knee injury, coaches had to find an answer. Two problems were discovered: turf fields and player footwear. For some time, turf fields have come under scrutiny for potentially causing more injuries to players than grass fields. However when it came to footwear, the staff was in for a surprise. Most players were found wearing poorly-fitted cleats. Furthermore, most Navy players must wear dress shoes to classes, which are less comfortable. To solve this, players were all examined to determine if they needed orthotics for their dress shoes to give them better support. Players were also considered for custom-fitted cleats, if needed. Coaches and staff are now feeling more confident that they’ll be better prepared for potential future injuries.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Bert Altmanshofer from Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please 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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Barefoot running has increased in popularity within the last decade and has many adherents; however it may not be for you. Some physicians believe that running barefoot can pose more harm than good. Modern surfaces like concrete can be rough on feet, and broken glass is a hazard. Minimalist running shoes can be a good start for those who want to work their way up to running barefoot. While barefoot running may have its followers, it is not for everyone. Running shoes are still the go-to method for most runners and aren’t a bad choice. If you are thinking of running barefoot, be sure to check with a podiatrist to see if it is right for you.

Barefoot running has its own share of benefits and disadvantages. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Bert Altmanshofer from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running
- Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
- Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running
- When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced; this can reduce stress injuries.
- It strengthens muscles in the feet, ankles and lower legs.
- Balance of the body is improved, and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running
- No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
- Blisters may form.
- Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
- Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of 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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Ben McLemore recently underwent surgery to repair a foot fracture he suffered in his right foot. Consequently, he is expected to miss about 12 weeks of gameplay while he recovers from the procedure. McLemore has experienced a lot of struggles in his time in the NBA, especially during his tenure in Sacramento. During his four seasons with the Kings, he was only able to average just 9.4 points and 1.2 assists. Nevertheless, the injury has opened a window of opportunity for other players, such as Tyreke Evans, Troy Daniels, and Wayne Selden, to fight for a position on the team.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Bert Altmanshofer of Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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, 08 August 2017 00:00

Jayson Werth Suffers Foot Fracture

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was placed on the disabled list earlier this season with a bruised foot. It was recently revealed, however, that the reason behind Werth’s injury was actually due to a foot fracture, and not a bruise. A recent MRI revealed that the outfielder has a “pretty decent fracture.” Werth is optimistic that his injury won’t take long to heal and is already participating in baseball activity. He is expected to participate in a rehab assignment before eventually rejoining the Washington Nationals.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Bert Altmanshofer from Pennsylvania. 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 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, 01 August 2017 00:00

How to Properly Treat Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot is an extremely contagious fungal infection that should be treated as soon as it is diagnosed. Many people who have the condition experience itchiness and dryness around their toes, and try to treat it using powder; however, this method isn’t always successful. Athlete’s foot can be tricky to treat, and it may worsen if it becomes irritated due to excessive scratching. Nevertheless, one of the main reasons why people aren’t able to get rid of their athlete’s foot is because they fail to treat their shoes along with their feet. Your footwear can be disinfected by spraying towels with Lysol, and stuffing them inside each shoe. If you leave the towels in overnight, the fungus should be gone by morning.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Bert Altmanshofer from Pennsylvania.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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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