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ankle surgeryKekuta Manneh, forward of the Vancouver Whitecaps, recently underwent surgery to repair a broken fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot. A timetable for his return was not released by the team, however head coach Carl Robinson has suggested Manneh can return this season. “Kekuta is an important member of the club and we’re happy to hear the surgery went well,” Robinson stated. “We anticipate he will make a complete recovery and will be back training with the group in the fall." This season Manneh has scored five goals and had two assists.    

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Michael E. Newman of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

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

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • 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 one of our offices located in Plymouth Meeting and Ambler, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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running shoe 3When you are about to exercise, you shouldn't wear old, worn-out shoes. A vast majority of foot issues develop as a result of wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. The most important things to look for when shoe shopping are proper fit and proper support. Shoes that have proper support will stabilize your feet and help prevent fatigue. You should also look for shoes that have cushioning. Investing in a good pair of shoes is important for your feet health because it will prevent a lot of injuries in the future.   

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Michael E. Newman of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes is vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Plymouth Meeting and Ambler, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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childrens feet 4There is a common misconception that adults are the only people who can develop arthritis. The term juvenile arthritis is used to describe rheumatic disorders in children. There isn’t a known cause of juvenile arthritis; however it is suspected that kids who do have it inherited genes from their parents that lead to its development. Some researchers also believe that environmental factors may play a role in the development of the condition.  Juvenile arthritis can affect joints in the feet of children, and it is important for them to see a physician or podiatrist if they suspect they have it.

Making sure that your children maintain foot health is very important as they grow up. If you have any questions contact Dr. Michael E. Newman of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

  • Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
  • Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Plymouth Meeting and Ambler, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 01 August 2016 12:57

Wear Good Quality Running Shoes

running4Wearing the right shoe is very important when it comes to preventing foot injuries. If you plan on running, you should wear running shoes and not walking shoes. It is also important to buy good quality shoes for your feet. Cheap, poor quality shoes may increase the chance of you getting injured while running. You should look for shoes that are sturdy and are able to endure wear and tear. Lastly, you should make sure that your shoes fit properly and have a little bit of space at the front.  

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Dr. Michael E. Newman of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even go barefoot
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion

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

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Monday, 25 July 2016 21:49

Clubfoot in Newborn Babies

childrens feetA woman named Mary carried her daughter, Faye, to full term. Her ultrasound revealed that Faye had a clubfoot. Although Faye was a bit smaller than usual, she was expected to lead a normal and healthy life. As time progressed, the odds of Faye living began to decline. She was diagnosed with a disease called Trisomy 18 and eventually passed away.

Clubfoot, like many other conditions, requires the proper treatment and care.  If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Michael E. Newman of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can properly diagnose any injuries or conditions and provide you with appropriate treatment options.

Clubfoot in Newborns

Clubfoot is a congenital disorder that can occur in 1 of 1,000 births per year. There are different causes for clubfoot, usually occurring as a result of genetics and pregnancy related complications. The abnormalities can be recognized during ultrasounds as early as the 20th week of pregnancy.

Treatment for Clubfoot
- Treatment involves reshaping the foot through surgery.
- Feet are moved into their correct position and placed into casts to ensure that it adjusts.

Non-Surgical Treatment
- Botox can be injected into the calf and weaken the Achilles tendon which allows the ankle to go back into a normal position.

After effects
Children who undergo treatment have not shown any further issues with their feet.  There is always hope to overcome.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Plymouth Meeting and Ambler, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 15:52

Be Careful When Choosing Summer Footwear

legsThere is a positive correlation between warm weather and the amount of people going to podiatrists for plantar fasciitis. This is because people tend to wear sandals and flip flops with no arch support in warmer months. In order to prevent getting plantar fasciitis, you should always make sure that you stretch your feet before and after you exercise. It is also important to wear running shoes when you exercise. The most common reason for young people to have plantar fasciitis is from “too much activity.” For adults, the most common reason for them to have the condition is because they “aren’t using the right shoes.”

Every day foot care is very important, especially for those that are lacking the proper foot care resources. For more information about everyday foot care, contact Dr. Michael E. Newman of Pennsylvania. Our doctorwill assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016 18:16

How to Prevent Plantar Fasciitis

sneaker stretchPlantar fasciitis is a condition that is developed when the fascia in the foot is stretched and strained. This is often caused by wearing shoes that offer little to no arch support, such as flip flops. The pain that results from plantar fasciitis is often excruciating, but it can be treated. Rest, relaxation, and stretching are the most common ways to alleviate pain that stems from the condition. In order to prevent developing plantar fasciitis in the future, you should always make sure the shoes you wear have good support.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Michael E. Newman of Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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Monday, 04 July 2016 09:33

Beware of Corns

athletes foot9Three common types of skin conditions that affect both hands and feet are corns, blisters and calluses. However, calluses mostly occur on the feet. Blisters are caused when the epidermis becomes damaged and fluid flows in to protect the lower layers of skin. This fluid creates a raised sac; also known as a blister.  Heat, friction, and extremely cold conditions are the three main causes of blisters. People may be tempted to burst a blister in hopes of getting rid of it, but it is best to allow them to heal on their own. Corns, which are another type of skin condition, are caused by friction on the skin. They develop in a circular shape near the bones on toes and fingers. Corns are very uncomfortable and need to be treated by a medical professional.

If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Michael E. Newman of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

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

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broken foot4Mitchell Starc was spotted bowling again, training at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, after having recovered after his stress fracture foot incident in November of last year. “He’s looking fresh and bowling at good pace. … It’s exciting to have him back and hopefully he can have some success straight away, or pick up where he left off,” said Australian captain Steven Smith.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Michael E. Newman of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                  

-people affected with Osteoporosis

-play tennis or basketball

-gymnastics

-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

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

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Monday, 20 June 2016 22:34

Identifying Bunions

bunions7Bunions can be described as growths that form at the base of your big toe, usually caused by changes to our foot’s bone structure, such as ill-fitting shoes, flat feet, or genetics. Bunions are also known as hallux valgus, and are more common among women than in men. Properly-fitting shoes can help alleviate pain or irritation caused by bunions, and it is best to see your doctor to diagnose your condition and treat it. Other methods for treating bunions involve shoe inserts, supporting the feet through taping or splinting, and cortisone injections.

Bunion surgery usually occurs after non-surgical methods have proved to be ineffective. If you have any concerns,consult with Dr. Michael E. Newman of Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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