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By Diamond Podiatry
November 21, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Poor Circulation  

Do you have poor circulation in your lower extremities? if you do, you are at risk for the development of blood clots, unnoticed foot injuries poor circulationand more. Your podiatrists in Macungie, Quakertown, and Bethlehem, PA, Dr. Robert Diamond and his professional colleagues at Diamond Podiatry, carefully assess individuals who complain of symptoms associated with poor blood flow to the feet and ankles. They help people improve the health of their lower extremities and keep them moving toward optimal health.

What are the symptoms of poor circulation?

The symptoms of poor circulation in the feet and legs vary from person to person. However, in general, people who come to Diamond Podiatry with limited blood flow complain of:

  • Tingling and loss of sensation in the feet
  • Aching and cramping after standing or walking
  • Swelling of the feet
  • Cold feet and hands
  • Varicolse veins (thick, prominent, rope-like blood vessels

Symptoms may be limited, or they may be serious enough to indicate blockages in the arteries of the feet and legs (Peripheral Artery Disease), says the American Podiatric Medical Association. Problems with the arteries which pump oxygenated blood from the heart to other parts of the body may become blocked with plaque related to high cholesterol.

Unfortunately, some lifestyle habits result in circulatory issues. People who eat a poor diet (low in protein, fiber and calcium) and who are overweight generally experience poor blood flow. Also, individuals who are sedentary and rarely engage in even simple exercise develop incompetent valves in their veins (varicose veins).

Individuals with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are at risk, too. Of course, doctors add circulatory problems to the long list of adverse health effects smokers experience.

How your podiatrist in Macungie, Quakertown, and Bethlehem, PA can help

Dr. Diamond will perform a complete podiatric exam on your feet and legs. Then, according to his findings and your specific needs and health history, he'll recommend treatments to increase the blood flow in your feet. If he believes you're at risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots), Peripheral Artery Disease or varicose veins that require surgery, he will refer you to the appropriate specialist for treatment.

For simpler circulatory problems, Dr. Diamond recommends:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Blood sugar and blood pressure control
  • Regular exercise
  • Good supportive shoes and stockings
  • Elevating the legs as needed

Come see us

If you have questions or concerns about the health of your feet and ankles, please contact Diamond Podiatry for a consultation with one of our highly qualified and compassionate podiatrists. You'll get the personal attention you need to get you on your feet again. Choose any one of our three offices:

  • Bethlehem or Macungie, PA (610) 865-0311
  • Quakertown, PA (215) 529-5222
By Diamond Podiatry
November 16, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: orthotics  

Do your feet ache? Is heel pain a problem? Are you a runner and suffer from shin splints? These foot and ankle conditions and more often orthoticsmay be corrected with custom-made orthotics. Your Macungie, Quakertown, and Bethlehem, PA, podiatrists, Dr. Robert Diamond, Dr. Brent Bernstein, Dr. Jung Lee and Dr. Eric Bronfenbrenner at Diamond Podiatry, use these specialized shoe inserts to comfort, support and correct functional irregularities in the foot and ankle. Do you need custom orthotics?

Common foot issues

Feet hurt, feet swell, feet develop blisters and sores, and frequently, these things are avoidable or treatable, says your podiatrist in Macungie, Quakertown, and Bethlehem. Custom-made orthotics, or shoe inserts, are simple interventions that fix functional foot problems and also accommodate arthritic feet or feet that need additional support due to

  • congenital or acquired deformity
  • injury
  • age
  • obesity
  • poor circulation
  • overuse

Your foot doctor performs complete foot and ankle examinations at Diamond Podiatry and pinpoints the reasons for your discomfort or poorly functioning feet. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, orthotics may be combined with physical therapy, stretching exercises and other noninvasive interventions to treat:

  • Heel pain from plantar fasciitis
  • Flat feet
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Arthritis
  • Hammertoes
  • Bunions
  • Heel spurs
  • Ankle instability
  • Hallux rigidus, or stiff big toe
  • Morton's neuroma
  • Shin splints and stiff knees and back in runners or other athletes
  • Metatarsalgia, or pain in the front of the foot

While orthotics prescribed and crafted by your podiatrist cost more than drugstore shoe inserts, they also last for years. Plus, they are made for your unique foot shape, balance issues and placement of your feet as you walk or run.

Making custom orthotics

Previously, foot doctors exclusively used plaster molds to make orthotics. Now, your podiatrist uses more sophisticated methods to capture your footprint, foot shape and gait. Materials are innovative and long-lasting, too--typically plastic or even graphite.

Foam impressions are translated by computer to render a digital picture of your foot's unique shape. Then, that picture is converted to a three-dimensional model from which the orthotics are fabricated.

Are your feet complaining?

Then, why not contact Diamond Podiatry for a complete foot and ankle examination? Your issues may be easier to correct than you may think, and custom orthotics may be just what you need to stay active and pain-free. For our Bethlehem and Macungie offices, call (610) 865-0311, or for Quakertown, phone (215) 529-5222.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes don’t let foot problems happen to you.Diabetic Feet

 

It’s common for those with diabetes to also be at risk for a host of other health problems. Nerve damage is a common issue in those with diabetes and our goal as your Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, podiatrists are to prevent neuropathy and nerve pain whenever possible. Learn more about the symptoms of nerve damage in feet and what you can do to prevent it.

What is diabetic neuropathy?

One of the most common types of neuropathy that those with diabetes face is peripheral neuropathy. This condition often affects the legs and feet, but can also affect the arms and hands. Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include,

  • Tingling, numbness or weakness in the feet
  • Shooting pains or cramping
  • Poor balance
  • Loss of coordination
  • The inability to walk (in severe cases)

If you are experiencing any changes in your feet (whether pain, tingling, numbness or weakness) this is something that shouldn’t go ignored. Treat this like a medical emergency and visit our Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, foot doctor right away. Let us know what symptoms you are experiencing and we will make sure to pencil you in immediately.

How should you treat diabetic-related nerve pain?

If you frequently experience foot pains due to neuropathy you may be wondering the best ways to manage your discomfort. First and foremost, it’s important that you get your blood sugar under control. This is something you should work with your doctor to make sure that your blood sugar levels are normal. You can improve your blood sugar by taking certain medications and by making certain lifestyle changes (e.g. diet; exercise; quitting smoking).

In some situations where nerve pain is severe, we may prescribe medication to help relieve your pain. This is often the case if lifestyle modifications have failed to help manage your discomfort.

If you are looking for diabetic foot care in Bethlehem, Macungie or Quakertown, PA, then look no further than Diamond Podiatry & Podiatry Associates of the Lehigh Valley. If you are noticing any changes in your feet, give us a call right away.

By Diamond Podiatry
August 17, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: heel pain  

Find out what might be behind your heel pain and how to treat it.heel pain

Whether you are an avid runner or you are always on the go for work, there are many risk factors that can increase your chances of developing heel pain. If you woke up one day with aching heels then you may be wondering what’s going on and when to visit your Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, podiatrists for care.

What are the causes of heel pain?

The most common cause of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue that runs from the toes to the heel bone becomes inflamed and irritated. Even though plantar fasciitis is often to blame for heel pain, there are other conditions and issues that could be the culprit including:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Bone spur
  • Heel pad inflammation
  • Stress fractures

What causes plantar fasciitis?

This condition is often the result of overuse. When the plantar fascia tissue have been overstretched or overworked this can lead to micro tears, which can cause the tissue to become inflamed. If you have plantar fasciitis you may notice pain not only under the heel but also in the arches of the foot.

Athletes (particularly runners), those who are overweight and those who have to stand most of the day for work are more prone to developing this condition at some point during their lifetime.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Since your foot pain can be caused by a variety of different issues, it’s important that you visit your foot doctor in Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, if you are experiencing foot pain or other symptoms. We will need to go through your symptoms and examine your foot before we can make a proper diagnosis. Most of the time, plantar fasciitis will go away on its own. Our goal is to provide you with a treatment plan that will alleviate your symptoms until the problem has healed.

Are you dealing with heel pain? Need a little relief? Diamond Podiatry & Podiatry Associates are here to help. We offer three convenient locations in Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, so that you can get the foot care you need when you need it most.

By Diamond Podiatry
June 08, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: foot surgery  

In many cases, common foot and ankle problems like sprains, bunions, and heel spurs can heal successfully with conservative foot surgerytreatments like rest, over the counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, and physical therapy. But when an injury or orthopedic condition is severe or does not respond to conservative treatments, surgery may be an option to repair the damage and restore mobility and quality of life. The foot and ankle surgeons at Diamond Podiatry & Podiatry Associates of Lehigh Valley perform reconstructive foot and ankle surgery in Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA.

Foot and Ankle Surgery in Quakertown, PA

Corrective bunion surgery is one of the most common podiatric surgical procedures. A bunion is a deformity of the metatarsal joint which causes the bone at the base of the toe to protrude, resulting in inflammation and pain. Bunions can make it difficult to fit into shoes and to walk and put pressure on the foot over time. Bunion surgery helps to realign the bone and repair damage in the joint.

Other common types of foot surgery include:

  • Avulsion/Matrixectomy Nail Surgery - temporary or permanent removal of an ingrown or infected portion of a toenail
  • Hammer toe surgery
  • Heel spur surgery
  • Metatarsal surgery
  • Neuroma surgery
  • Tendon surgery
  • Bone fusions

When is Foot Surgery Necessary?

Some cases of chronic pain and degenerative conditions like arthritis, which can lead to permanent joint damage, may require surgery. Technically, any injury can require surgical correction if damage to a joint, bone, or soft tissue (tendons, ligaments, cartilage) affect the function and stability of the foot or ankle.

Find a Podiatrist in Bethlehem, Macungie, or Quakertown, PA

If you are experiencing foot and ankle pain and mobility issues due to a bunion or other orthopedic injury or condition, contact Diamond Podiatry & Podiatry Associates of Lehigh Valley by calling (610) 865-0311 to schedule an appointment in Bethlehem and Macungie, or (215) 529-5222 for Quakertown.





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