Non-surgical Methods available to treat Hammertoe

Many patients often choose to undergo corrective surgery for hammertoe to quickly relieve the pain and swelling associated with the condition. Insurance companies will often require patients to first try non-surgical treatments, however, before agreeing to cover the cost of hammertoe surgery. Treatments for hammertoe that are non-surgical include a splint to hold the hammertoe in the correct position if it can still be straightened, the placement of non-medicated pads over the tops of the deformed join to protect the toe from rubbing against the shoe, and the creation of a custom-made orthotic insert to help decrease discomfort. General prevention of hammertoe exacerbation involves wearing properly fitted shoes that leave a gap of at least half an inch between the longest of your toes and the top of the shoe and avoiding wearing high heels.

To successfully correct a hammertoe and relieve the pain and inflammation associated it, medical assistance may be necessary. If you are seeking hammertoe treatment, consult with Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

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 office, located in Havertown, PA. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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Jordan Spieth Endures Ankle Injury during Farmers

sports-injuryJordan Spieth went off on a bogey-free 63 at Torrey Pines, but with that he also injured his ankle which caused him to slide 10 under to a T-19 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open.

"My ankle's pretty messed up; I felt it the second day on the back nine and I just kind of . . . I guess from there I just stopped loading as well on it and I started missing fairways," Spieth said.

The 20-year-old couldn’t pinpoint the origin of the ankle injury, "I don't remember where, it just started hurting; stepped wrong somewhere," said Spieth, who won last year's John Deere Open.

It can be dangerous to play sports with a foot or ankle injury, even a sport like golf. For more information, consider consulting podiatrist Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield of Havertown Podiatric. Dr. Weaver will teach you about the causes of sports related foot and ankle injuries and asses the afflicted area to better understand the source of your discomfort.

Playing Sports with Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
  • Stress Fractures
  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
  • Strains

There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

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Lyoto Machida’s Foot in an Air Cast after Suffering Possible Broken Foot

Lyoto Machida’s Foot in an Air Cast after Suffering Possible Broken FootLyoto Machida was able to claim victory in a recent match, but could be facing a difficult challenge as he may have broken his foot in the third round of his win over Gegard Mousasi at UFC Fight Night in Brazil, Machida told Karyn Bryant on FOX Sports 1.

"I don't know what happened exactly, but maybe in the third round I did some kicking and he defended with his knee,"€ Machida said. "€œI don't know if I broke my foot, but it happened."

The former UFC light heavyweight champion was sporting an air cast on his left foot as he was limping noticeably when he walked. According to Machida, his foot wasn’t bothering him during the fight. "I didn't think about my foot, I just tried to keep my focus on the fight because I know Mousasi was a tough opponent and I tried to give my best," Machida said.

A broken foot can hinder your athletic performance and your overall active lifestyle. However, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce Greenfield of Greenfield Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can examine your broken foot, determine the severity of your injury, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.

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 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.

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College Prospect Injures Foot During Game

foot-ankle-injuriesBrandon Ashley sustained an injured foot as a result of an awkward landing in the first half of Arizona’s game against California. The injury took only moments for his team to take notice, but a final confirmation came the night after when they were informed that Arizona’s third highest scorers’ season was over. Arizona’s coach Sean Miller had this to say, “Brandon Ashley suffered a foot injury that will end his season, [but] this…will ultimately make Brandon and our team stronger moving forward.”
A sports related foot or ankle injury  is never pleasant. If you’ve suffered a foot or ankle injury that is sports related, seek out podiatrist Dr. Jack B. Gorman of Buxmont Foot and Ankle Care Centers. Dr. Gorman can treat your foot or ankle injury.

Sport 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 contact our offices in Warminster and Newtown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tibia Stress Fracture Places another NBA Point Guard on the Bench

jrue-holidayThe NBA’s Jrue Holiday is out indefinitely with a tibia stress fracture, which places yet another point guard player on the sidelines. Holiday will be off the court indefinitely with his foot injury on his right tibia, the team announced.

According to CBSSports, Holiday’s injury may not be as bad as some other players, but the stress fracture will still take time to heal. The bone must heal and be in good shape before placing stress or pressure back on it. With Holiday’s extraordinary performance, his absence will cause a huge blow to the Pelicans’ chances during the playoffs.  

For anyone active, stress fractures can put a damper in the things you enjoy. If you suffered a stress fracture, visit podiatrist Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield DPM of Greenfield Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can work to treat and heal your injuries as well as any other foot or ankle condition you have.

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?

Common among individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-high impact workouts


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.


The individual and the degree of injury depend on the fracture of the foot. Some fractures heal very fast while others take a long times and one would need crutches.

- Surgery with support pins around the fracture helps
- A great intake of Calcium and Vitamin-D helps for strong bones
- Set a regimen for running or other activity

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