3 Foot Hazards of Moving Day

Spring and summer are popular times for moving.  With the combination of heavy boxes, unwieldy furniture, and tight spaces, it’s no wonder that many people suffer some sort of injury during a move, especially one involving the foot or ankle. Being aware of the possibility of these types of injuries will hopefully help you to avoid them.

Three of the most common causes of moving related injuries are:

#1. Dropping a heavy object on your foot—It can be difficult to maintain your grip on some of the heavy boxes and oddly shaped objects encountered during a move. Dropping something heavy directly on top of your foot can cause a fracture to a toe or a delicate metatarsal bone.

#2. Pulling a muscle, or overstretching a ligament—Pulling or pushing on large items of furniture significantly increases the pressure on your feet. Twisting ankle ligaments, or overstretching the Achilles tendon on the back of the heel can occur. Not only are these injuries extremely painful, but also are likely to put you out of commission for several weeks or more.

#3. Tripping and falling—Carrying large, heavy, or bulky objects over uneven surfaces, and up and down stairs, creates many opportunities for an accidental slip and fall. Stumbling while helping someone carry a piece of furniture, for example, is a perfect way to wrong foot yourself, resulting in an ankle sprain or break.

You can help to reduce your chances of getting injured on moving day by following some common sense advice which includes taking your time, knowing your weight limit, and keeping pathways clear to avoid tripping and falling.

If you are currently experiencing an injury from a moving day mishap, the foot specialists at Havertown Podiatry, in Havertown, PA are experts in all aspects of foot and ankle care and will be happy to assist. Our team of doctors is dedicated to helping you with the latest in diagnostic equipment and services. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to make an appointment by calling 610-449-3344.

Flat Feet Facts

Having flat feet doesn’t always cause problems. In many cases it’s just a normal variation of the structure of your foot, so unless you experience pain and discomfort it isn’t something that would give you much concern.

Some Other Causes of Flat Feet

  • Rupture of a tendon
  • Arthritis
  • Pregnancy
  • Cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy

Signs of Flat Feet

You can check to see if your feet are flat by first getting your feet wet. Then stand on a hard surface on a piece of paper or cardboard so you can see your footprints. In a normal arch, you will see a blank area in the middle of your footprint, however, if your feet are flat, almost the entire bottom of your foot touches the ground.

Other clues that you may have flat feet include:

  • Your feet will appear to turn outward at the ankles when you are standing
  • Your shoes will have uneven wear patterns
  • You may feel strain in your lower back and hips
  • Pain and discomfort in the arch area, inside of your ankles, or your calf muscle
  • Pain in your feet after standing up or walking for extended periods

What to Do About Flat Feet

The most important thing you can do about flat feet that are causing you pain and discomfort is to have them evaluated by your podiatrist. Stretching exercises, arch supports, and physical therapy will all help to eliminate pain. Severe complications may arise from having flat feet that aren’t properly treated. These may include:

So don’t dismiss your painful flat feet and hope the problem will just go away on its own.

If you are currently experiencing problems from having flat feet, the podiatrists at Havertown Podiatry, in Havertown, PA are experts in all aspects of foot and ankle care. Our team of doctors is dedicated to helping you with all of the latest diagnostic equipment and services. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to make an appointment by calling 610-449-3344.

Not Just Any Old Ankle Injury

Injuries to the ankle are extremely common, and many people believe they can treat the injury themselves. Regrettably, without proper evaluation and treatment, an injured ankle may not totally heal, with a result that ankle twists and sprains that occurred years ago can start causing pain and discomfort.

Chronic Complications from an Old Ankle Injury

Loss of Stability

Twisting or otherwise injuring your ankle may cause a loosening of the ligaments, tendons, and muscles that work together to keep the ankle joint supported. These components require slow strengthening over time after an injury to regain their former robustness. If proper rehabilitation is skipped, you will be left with an ankle that is much weaker, less stable and more susceptible to re-injury.

Pain & Stiffness

Another consequence of inadequate treatment of a previous injury to the ankle is a tendency to lose the full range of motion of your ankle joint, with the accompanying pain and stiffness. This lack of range of motion affects your gait mechanics, and may eventually lead to radiating pain problems through the back and hips.

Treatment of an Old Ankle Injury

Rehabilitative treatment for an old ankle injury will involve a variety of personalized physical therapy exercises and other treatments recommended by your foot specialist to regain your ankle strength and stability.

These exercises and treatments may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen
  • Ankle supports or braces
  • Calf stretches
  • Single-leg balancing exercises
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery may be necessary for severe problems, followed by a rigorous post-surgical physical therapy regimen.

If you are currently experiencing pain from an old ankle injury, the foot specialists at Havertown Podiatry, in Havertown, PA are experts in all aspects of foot and ankle care and would be happy to assist you. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the latest diagnostic equipment and techniques. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to make an appointment by calling 610-449-3344.

Why Does the Top of My Foot Hurt?

Pain on the top of the foot is less common than other types of foot pain, but if you are having trouble walking or standing, you will definitely want to investigate the cause.

Here are 5 possible reasons for top of the foot pain:

  1. Tight fitting shoes—The extra pressure created by tight fitting shoes can cause inflammation and tenderness to the tissue on the top of the foot.
  2. Hairline fractures—There are some very delicate bones on the top of the foot that can be susceptible to injury. Dropping a heavy object on your foot can cause considerable trauma. Reduced bone density, weakened muscles, and structural abnormalities can contribute to the risk of stress fractures.
  3. Foot diseases—Arthritis and gout can contribute to swelling and tenderness in the joints between the bones on the top of the foot. Tendonitis and diabetic nerve damage can also contribute to pain in this area.
  4. Hormone imbalances—Women may notice increased pain on the top of the foot during pregnancy or menopause do to natural shifts in hormone levels.
  5. Age—The natural aging process causes bones and muscles to weaken, possibly leading to pain on top of your foot.

More severe symptoms that may require immediate medical attention include the following:

  • If you can’t walk, or are unable to put weight on your foot.
  • If you have severe pain and swelling that doesn’t start to get better after a few days.
  • A wound or ulcer that isn’t healing.
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning sensation in the foot.
  • Any signs of infection.

If you are currently experiencing pain on the top of your foot, the podiatrists at Havertown Podiatry, in Havertown, PA would be happy to help you, and are experts in all aspects of foot and ankle care. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with the latest diagnostic equipment and services. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to make an appointment by calling 610-449-3344.

Sudden Heel Pain

Heel pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, but when it strikes suddenly, normal everyday activities such as walking, standing, and exercising can quickly become difficult or impossible.

A sudden onset of pain in the heel may be caused or exacerbated by one of the following conditions:

  • Fracture of the heel bone. This type of injury can occur from a fall or other accident or during vigorous exercise involving jumping and hard landing such as in playing basketball. The pain will be very obvious immediately after the impact, and will be worse with weight bearing.
  • Gout attacks. Although frequently associated with the big toe joint, gout can actually occur in the hands and other parts of the foot including the instep, ankle, and heel. The heel will become suddenly red and swollen, and extremely painful. Gout flare-ups can be a result of alcohol consumption and eating foods high in purines.
  • Calluses on the heel. While a callus can take time to develop, a sudden cracking of the thick, dry skin around your heel can cause extreme pain and difficulty with just walking and standing.
  • Complications from diabetes. Numbness and pain in the heel may be a symptom of peripheral neuropathy, which is a condition caused by nerve damage.
  • Achilles tendon rupture. The large band of tissue that connects your calf muscles to the back of your heel gets weaker as we age, making it more vulnerable to tearing. This frequently occurs suddenly during exercise, followed by extreme pain, and usually requires surgery to repair.
  • Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects at the heel, where pain can suddenly flare up during activity.

Minor instances of heel pain will resolve with rest and appropriate home care. However, most instances of sudden pain in the heel should be evaluated by your foot doctor to determine the actual cause. Since foot problems can have similar symptoms, an incorrect self-diagnosis may lead to further complications and damage due to improper treatment of the actual cause.

If you are currently experiencing severe heel pain, the foot specialists at Havertown Podiatry, in Havertown, PA are experts in all aspects of foot and ankle care.  Our team of doctors is dedicated to helping you with all of the latest diagnostic equipment and services. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to make an appointment by calling 610-449-3344.

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