Five-Time Boston Marathon Runner Overcomes Neuroma and Races On

lLaura Caradonna-Dubiel gets together at her Foster Road home with two of her biggest fans, sons Caden and Dylan. Courtesy PhotoLaura Caradonna-Dubiel  has run in five Boston Marathons, and her times have all fallen within a seven-minute range.  Her worst was 4:47:08, her best was 4:41:48, and last month she came in right in the middle at 4:44:39.  This was particularly impressive since she wasn’t able to race in 2012 or 2013.  

"I didn’t run the last two years, as I had Morton’s neuroma. That is nerve damage between toes. It causes your toes to go numb, and it can be extremely painful if you try to run on it," said Laura.  

Insistent to running this year, she bought orthotic inserts for her shoes and received a cortisone shot a few weeks before the marathon.  "My feet were cramping up. I was keeping a good time, but the heat killed me," she admits. "I was determined to finish. I kept thinking ‘Boston Strong.’ I’ve never seen crowd support like I did that day."

If a foot or ankle injury is keeping you from the activities that you love, see podiatrist Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, DPM, PC, of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will assess your condition and create a treatment option that is right for you.

Morton’s Neuroma

Also called Intermetatarsal Neuroma or Plantar Neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves of the feet, which targets the toe between the third and fourth toe. Neuroma is a growth that can occur in various areas of the body. Morton’s Neuroma causes the nerves around the feet to become enlarged causing pain in the feet.

Morton’s Neuroma can be caused by injury or pressure, many times no visible signs will indicate that you may have this. Instead, a tingling sensation along with pain will be present.  If this condition is left untreated, pain is likely to continue and worsen.

Foot pain should be treated immediately. Paying close attention to your feet, will less likely mean that you will have to undergo surgery.

How Does It Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes
  • High impact exercise
  • Sustaining injuries
  • Walking incorrectly (bunions, flat-feet)

Treatment for the affected feet can help tremendously. A podiatrist will help identify the issue and prompt the patient to a treatment plan. In many cases the doctor will recommend the following: 

Apply padding to the arch
Ice packs on the affected area to reduce swelling
Reduce strenuous activities
Provide wider shoes

Surgery will be a last option if the podiatrist decides nothing else seems to working. A surgeon will follow the right steps to ensure which suits you better.

For more information about the Elderly and their Feet, read the following article.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office located in Havertown, PA. We offer quality care for all your foot and ankle injuries in a comfortable and convenient setting.

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Blisters: a Fighting Force across All Weight Classes

blisters4Filipino boxer and politician Manny Pacquaio beat Timothy Bradley earlier this month at MGM’s Grand Garden Arena, then took his welterweight title and 32 stitches home to await the arrival of a new baby. 

The fight served as a much-anticipated rematch to the controversial split decision in 2012, which named Bradley winner but was widely contested by fans and even investigated by the Nevada Attorney General’s office. 

Just before the rematch, Bradley made some incendiary remarks about how he had achieved that win despite being hindered by foot blisters.  Bradley claimed that he got the blisters because hadn’t worn socks, copying former champion Mike Tyson.  Apparently, he wanted to fill Tyson’s shoes in the exact manner that Tyson had filled them.

While often considered insignificant, blisters can be frustratingly debilitating. For treatment or prevention, see Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will provide quality care for any foot or ankle injury.

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet are prone to blister formation easily.

Prevention & Treatment

Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.

  • Do not lance the blister, which can lead to infection.

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Acupuncture Could Help Treat Heel Pain, Study Finds

heel-painScientists at Guangzhou Dongsheng Hospital, in combination with Guangzhou Social Welfare House, recently published a study that suggests acupuncture might be beneficial for the treatment of heel pain in those suffering from conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

Researcher Xu Xuemeng and his team produced an experiment consisting of two groups; one control while the other was given acupuncture. In total, there were sixty-six patients suffering a variety of heel pain. The control group was treated conventionally through drugs while the other received filiform acupuncture and needle treatment.

The results, they found, overwhelmingly conclude that the acupuncture group had an effective rating of almost 97% versus the 76% of conventional drugs.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting, see podiatrist Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, DPM of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

Causes of Heel Pain

• Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

• Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

• Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change           
- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

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

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Lohan Revealed to Have Athlete’s Foot in Tabloids

lindsay-lohanLindsay Lohan is in the tabloids again, but this time it’s apparently due to an athlete’s foot infection. The National Inquirer claims that a source close to the star told them that the actress’ fungal issue may be somehow related to a lifelong case of foot odor.

“Lilo’s horrified by her athlete’s foot,” states a “friend” of the actress. “She has no idea where she caught it because she’s always so careful in communal bathrooms and spas. But she’s suffered smelly feet ever since she was a teenager, and it’s been a hugely embarrassing cross to bear.” Lohan was recently the focus of an 8-part documentary produced by Oprah Winfrey’s TV network OWN.

Athlete’s foot can be smelly, itchy, and embarrassing. If you are dealing with an athlete’s foot infection, consider consulting a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, DPM of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can examine your foot and suggest an appropriate treatment option.

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. This condition can also be prevalent in "commons" areas in prisons and residential care facilities.

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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Going Barefoot Not Always As Safe As We Believe

wartsSummer is almost upon us and going barefoot is a practice that is becoming more common, not just in summer, but all year round. Unfortunately, this may not be the best thing for our feet. We could be placing our feet in a vulnerable situation.

According to Hudson Valley podiatrist, Clifford Toback, going barefoot opens our feet up to moveable objects on the ground and increases the danger of plantar warts.

Putting bare feet on unprotected ground creates an opportunity for contracting athlete’s foot, plantar warts, and other conditions. His recommendation is to avoid flip-flops and keep your toenails properly trimmed and maintained.

If your or someone you know suffers from plantar warts, it is advisable to seek professional medical advice from a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, DPM of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can advise you on how best to treat a number of foot conditions; including plantar warts.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly on the heels or balls of the feet. Some symptoms include:

  • Some pain while standing
  • Tenderness in the foot’s sole
  • Cosmetic discomfort (embarrassment)

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or a biopsy.

Several methods for treating plantar warts exist. They include:

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over the counter medications
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Soak

To avoid plantar warts, refrain from walking barefoot in public areas and avoid direct contact with warts.

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

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