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Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

Many people begin on their paths to becoming podiatrists in their undergraduate years. Students typically major in biology, or another topic in the sciences, to prepare to become a podiatrist. After earning an undergraduate degree, one can attend a podiatry school for four years. Podiatrists do not attend general medical schools, but are still doctors. There are currently nine accredited podiatry schools. Next, students show what they learned during their education with three years of a hospital residency. People need podiatrists for various reasons. These include foot and ankle fractures, deformities, nail complications, diabetes, growing pains and arthritis. If you are interested in the field, contact a podiatrist to learn more.

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact Dr. Mark Oslick from Bux-mont Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

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

 

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Monday, 12 August 2019 00:00

Pain and discomfort that is felt on the ball of the foot may indicate the presence of a condition that is known as Morton’s neuroma. Additionally, the pain may be felt at the base of the toes, and patients have noticed that it feels like they are standing on pebbles. Other symptoms can include numbness or tingling, and walking may be difficult. A common cause of this condition is wearing shoes that are too tight, and which do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Wearing these types of shoes can cause irritation in the nerve, gradually putting pressure on that portion of the foot. There are existing medical conditions that are often associated with Morton’s neuroma. These can include bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet. After a proper diagnosis is performed, mild relief can be found in performing stretching techniques that may be helpful in loosening the tendons, in addition to elevating and massaging the affected foot. Please consult with a podiatrist if you feel you may have developed Morton’s neuroma, so that the proper treatment can begin.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Mark Oslick of Bux-mont Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle 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 office located in Bensalem, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 05 August 2019 00:00

The plantar fascia is a rigid, thick tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. Causes include rapid weight gain, excessive exercise, flat feet, improper footwear and prolonged standing. The most common symptoms are heel swelling and/or stiffness, sharp or dull pain at the bottom of the foot and pain that worsens with the more weight that is put on it. The treatment options for plantar fasciitis are fairly basic. They are rest, applying ice, stretching and muscle strengthening exercises. Strategies that can be used to prevent plantar fasciitis from recurring are losing weight, wearing supportive, well-cushioned footwear, regularly performing plantar fascia stretching exercises and switching to low-impact forms of exercise such as swimming and stationary cycling. If you are experiencing any symptoms of plantar fasciitis, it is advised to consult with a podiatrist for the best treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Mark Oslick from Bux-mont Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

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

 

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

Your feet are covered a good part of the day. If you are diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often another sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

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