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Patients who try to minimize their time consuming prescription drugs can now employ natural remedies to successfully treat conditions such as Athlete’s foot. For a simple, ready-made treatment, apply apple cider vinegar or tea tree oil directly onto areas of the foot affected by the condition.

Keep in mind that there are also a number of liquid solutions that can be made to wash the feet in. Mix one part white vinegar with two parts warm water to create a solution. The feet can soak for fifteen minutes. Grind garlic into a fine paste and mix into a tub of water to create another fifteen minute soak. Boil neem leaves in water for ten minutes, allow water to cool, and wash the feet in this twice a day.


Athlete’s foot can be treated with either prescription drugs or natural remedies like those aforementioned. Consult with podiatrist Dr. Michael Newman, DPM of Pennsylvania. Dr. Newman will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs. 


Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools. 


Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Exfoliate
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present. 


What is Tinea?

- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
- Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
- Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may suffer from tinea at some point.
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Due to a high ankle sprain that happened amidst a team practice, Dee Milliner of the New York Jets will be spending four to six weeks resting and recovering. The swelling of Milliner’s sprain resembles that of a Grade 2 type, even though the official details of Milliner’s injury have not been announced to the public.

Milliner will be spending all of his time on the bench during the first game of the regular season to ensure a quick and full recovery from his injury. While the Cornerback is out recovering, Antonio Allen and Ellis Lankster will most likely be chosen to temporarily take his place. Jets coach Rex Ryan had stated in a press conference that he, as well as the other team officials, felt as though Milliner’s condition was healing properly.  

Some sprained ankles can be extremely worse than others, in any case it is always best to make sure your ankle is fully healed before engaging in strenuous activity. If your ankle is sprained, consult with Dr. Michael Newman, DPM of Pennsylvania. Dr. Newman will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer all of your related questions.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?

This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.


What are the Symptoms?

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

Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.


Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

 
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, which will allow you to walk while stabilizing the ankle. 


If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in Plymouth Meeting and Ambler, PA. We offer the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Scientists Study Role of Foot Muscles

Scientists from the University of Queensland focused their research efforts, discovering that the plantar fascia is not the only part of the foot that can provide arch support. To prove this, an experiment involving weights was conducted. The scientists monitored the responses of the muscles in their feet.

A subsequent experiment that involved electrical stimulation was performed soon after, showing that when activated, these tissues caused the arch to rise. Dr. Glen Lichtwark believes this could play an important role in fields focusing on the feet. This includes footwear design, injury rehabilitation, and even the biological understanding of bipedalism.

The biomechanics are the cogs behind the gears that manage your feet. If you would like more information, see podiatrist Dr. Michael Newman, DPM of Pennsylvania. Dr. Newman can provide in-depth information as well as measure your personal foot biomechanics.   

A History of Biomechanics

- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in Plymouth Meeting and Ambler, PA. We offer the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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The Army of the United States needs to make sure their soldiers are healthy, including their feet. To aid with keeping the frontlines battle fit, The Army conducted the Born To Run story line and the forefoot/rearfoot debate. The study delved into past-year injury rates among 1027 soldiers, which included 232 women who were injured.

“There are no large studies evaluating differences in injury profiles between heel strike and non-heel-strike runners,” one poster notes. “Due to high musculoskeletal injury rates in soldiers, a better understanding of the potential relationship between foot strike and injury could be beneficial to the military services.”

Running can be a great way to keep your body healthy, but it can also lead to injuries if you’re not careful. If you have a running injury, or are concerned about getting one, contact Dr. Michael Newman, DPM of Pennsylvania. Dr. Newman can instruct you on proper running techniques and help you keep your lower extremities safe.

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. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

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.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in Plymouth Meeting and Ambler, PA. We offer the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Teen Wolf actor Tyler Posey tried to pull a goofy stunt at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con but ended up getting hurt. When he was called to make his entrance on stage for his show’s panel, he came out doing a cartwheel. Unfortunately, he landed badly and broke his toe.

After the panel Posey applied some Scotch Tape to the broken appendage to keep it in place. “It was a nice cartwheel, it was worth it,” mentioned Tyler Hoechlin, Posey’s Teen Wolf costar. “Great cartwheel, just a little softer on the landing next time!”

Broken toes are unpleasant injuries that can make walking tough. To get assistance with this type of condition, call podiatrist Dr. Michael Newman, DPM of Pennsylvania. Dr. Newman will diagnose which bone in your toe is broken and get you an appropriate form of treatment.

 

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe with ease.
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  •  tingling or numbness in the toe
  • injured person experiences fever or chills throughout their body, and when there is an open, bleeding wound present on the toe.

 

Generally, a minor toe break will heal without long-term complications, but it is important to discontinue activities that put pressure on the toe. It is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated on pillows. Swelling can be alleviated by placing an ice pack on the broken toe for 15 minutes every two hours during the first two days after the fracture.

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According to new research results, conducted by Jan Ulbrecht, MD, and his colleagues and published in Diabetes Care, patients who wear custom-made orthoses experience fewer ulcer recurrences than those who opt for standard appliances. “If shoes adequately offload pressure and are used consistently, they reduce risk of ulceration," Ulbrecht, said, noting that it is “very easy” to incorporate plantar pressure into current orthoses' designs. While the appliances are not expensive, their costs may be higher than those allowed by current Medicare reimbursement levels. Ulbrecht is the director of endocrinology and diabetes services at Mount Nittany Health System, State College, Pa.

 

If you are diabetic, consult with podiatrist Dr. Michael Newman, DPM of Pennsylvania. Dr. Newman can treat your foot and ankle needs.


Foot Care for Diabetics
Diabetes is a condition that affects millions of people annually. The condition affects blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage from diabetes occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send proper signaling to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in neuropathy. If a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is important to provide good care for the feet to avoid the risk of amputation.

Caring for Diabetic Feet
- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Be sure to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet. For diabetic patients, the risk of amputation and sepsis increases if medical treatment is not sought right away, especially when it comes to the feet. Early treatment and routine foot inspection are keys to maintaining good health.
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hammertoe3Last May, Basanta Kumar Singha Roy, a 53-year-old banker, was attempting to climb down Dhaulagiri after a failed expedition when he noticed that a breach in his oxygen tank was causing the air to leak out. His climbing partner hurried back to camp to get help while Roy waited on the mountainside. His feet began to go numb, and eventually he passed out.

Luckily Roy was rescued and brought to a hospital in Kathmandu. Doctors amputated a few of his toes, including a hammertoe he had on his right foot. Since then Roy has been trying to prepare for a new expedition: climbing to the top of the Neelkanth peak in the Himalayas. If he makes it he’ll be the first Indian civilian to scale the summit. “Making a comeback was not that tough, because mountaineering has been a passion all my life and I owe it to my family because of their full support,” Roy said. 

Hammertoes are a type of painful toe deformity than can make walking very hard. If you notice one of your toes curling in an unnatural way, talk to podiatrist Dr. Michael Newman, DPM of Pennsylvania. Dr. Newman will provide you with a fitting form of treatment and help you get back to full health.

Hammertoe
Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in Plymouth Meeting and Ambler, PA. We offer the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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demarcus-wareAs the replacement for DeMarcus Ware, the Dallas Cowboys’ old defensive end, DeMarcus Lawrence has an important role to play in the team’s defense lineup. But unfortunately the rookie player won’t be able to prove himself just yet because of a broken foot he sustained during a recent practice.

Lawrence was participating in a drill with teammate Tyron Smith when Smith blocked his attempt a speed rush, causing him to fall to the ground. He landed awkwardly on his foot and had to be assisted off the field. Lawrence’s injury will keep him sidelined for at least 8 weeks as he recovers.

The type of foot injury Lawrence sustained on the field is common but potentially serious. If you think you might have a broken bone in your foot, visit podiatrist Dr. Michael Newman, DPM of Pennsylvania. Dr. Newman can diagnose your injury and provide you with foot care of an unparalleled quality.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is either 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 (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

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. Trying to keep the foot rested is important as the bones need plenty of time to heal and recover.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in Plymouth Meeting and Ambler, PA. We offer the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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xrayFindings from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Nurses’ Health Study II show that drinking sugary soda frequently could increase some women’s chances of getting rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Scientists studied more than 180,000 U.S. women and discovered that those who drank at least one serving of soda a day had a 63% greater chance of developing seropositive RA than those who didn’t.

Drinking a lot of soda has been known to cause a lot of other health problems as well, including cardiovascular illness and Type 2 diabetes. The researchers conducting the Nurses’ Health Studies found no correlation between soda and seronegative RA. They also concluded that diet soda had little impact on the women’s chances of getting arthritis.

If you have rheumatoid arthritis in your feet, you could probably benefit from treatment from a medical professional. To get help with the symptoms of your RA, see podiatrist Dr. Michael Newman, DPM of Pennsylvania. Dr. Newman will evaluate the severity of your condition and do everything he can to ease your discomfort.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occurs, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet
Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain often initially presents in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if you have a family history of RA, you may be predisposed to suffer from it as well.

Symptoms
- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis
Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition.

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