Barefoot Running May Decrease Risk of Injury

barefoot running7Scientists have found that barefoot running can decrease the risk of injury. However this is only true if it is done properly. Running barefoot allows contact between the foot and ground to begin in the metatarsal area, which is how our feet are supposed to function naturally. Footwear causes us to initiate contact with the ground at the heel area which is the exact opposite of how our feet are supposed to work.

If you have any questions about barefoot running, contact Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

  • A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
  • Improvement in balance and body posture
  • Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also some disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

  • Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
  • Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
  • Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you get from wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

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

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Many Leave Glastonbury Festival with Sprained Ankles

barefoot running7This year’s Glastonbury festival left a lot of people with sprained ankles and tired muscles. Although it is usual for attendees to be exhausted after Glastonbury, it is unusual for the exhaustion to be caused by poor ground conditions. The ground at this year’s festival was covered in mud, and it made navigating throughout the area difficult. A young man named Tom stated that his father fractured his ankle from dragging his leg through the mud. Walking in the poor conditions proved to be extremely exhausting for the attendees, and it caused many of them to have sore muscles. 

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, consult with Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will attend to your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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

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How to Avoid Plantar Warts While Swimming

wartsIt is very common to pick up germs and fungi around swimming pools and locker rooms. Although most pools have chlorine in them, chlorine does not necessarily keep swimmers clean. Normally the scent of chlorine is not detectible. Strong-smelling chlorine pools may be caused by chloramines, which are chemicals that build up when pools are not cared for properly. Before and after swimming, it is important to thoroughly rinse off the body. Wearing flip-flops while outside of the pool can also help prevent contracting Athlete’s foot or other fungal infections.

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, consult with Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will provide quality care for your feet.  

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into the feet through tiny cuts or abrasions. Typically, plantar warts are contracted through walking barefoot on dirty surfaces since the virus thrives in warm and moist environments. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain, 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 by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. If you think you have developed plantar warts, it is best to speak with your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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How to Avoid Plantar Warts While Swimming

wartsIt is very common to pick up germs and fungi around swimming pools and locker rooms. Although most pools have chlorine in them, chlorine does not necessarily keep swimmers clean. Normally the scent of chlorine is not detectible. Strong-smelling chlorine pools may be caused by chloramines, which are chemicals that build up when pools are not cared for properly. Before and after swimming, it is important to thoroughly rinse off the body. Wearing flip-flops while outside of the pool can also help prevent contracting Athlete’s foot or other fungal infections.

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, consult with Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will provide quality care for your feet.  

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into the feet through tiny cuts or abrasions. Typically, plantar warts are contracted through walking barefoot on dirty surfaces since the virus thrives in warm and moist environments. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain, 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 by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. If you think you have developed plantar warts, it is best to speak with your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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Treatment for your Bunions

bunions10Bunions are bumps that stick out on the base of the big toe. These unattractive bumps may be the result of wearing uncomfortable footwear, not walking properly, or having an unbalanced diet. Fortunately, there are several ways you can relieve bunions at home. One method is to soak your feet in ice water. The cold temperature of the water will numb your feet and cause the pain to quickly go away. This will also eventually reduce the bump on your toe. Soaking your feet in hot water is another effective method. It will reduce inflammation and eventually get rid of the bunion. When in doubt, see your podiatrist for bunion treatment.

Bunions can be very troublesome if they are not treated correctly. If you are having problems with your bunions visit Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfieldwill assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

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

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