When your foot or ankle condition begins to affect the quality of your life, surgery may be the best option. Your podiatrists at Diamond Podiatry offer foot and ankle surgery in their Quakertown, Bethlehem and Macungie, PA, offices.
When is surgery needed?
Your foot doctor will recommend surgery based on your symptoms, examination and diagnostic tests. You may benefit from surgery if:
- Pain is a constant part of your day: Surgery may be needed if pain is severe, has become chronic or doesn't improve even though you've been taking pain medications.
- Your ability to walk is affected: Your Quakertown, Bethlehem or Macungie podiatrist may recommend surgery if you can't walk or stand easily due to a foot or ankle condition or injury.
- Your condition has affected other parts of your body: If you've changed the way you walk due to your injury or condition, you may begin to experience pain in your hip, knee or back. Surgery will help you return to your normal gait and end your back or leg pain.
- Other treatments haven't worked: Rest, ice, crutches, casts, walking boots, ultrasound treatment, shockwave therapy and other treatments can be very helpful if you have a foot or ankle injury or condition. Surgery is usually only recommended if more conservative treatments haven't been helpful.
When conditions can be improved with foot and ankle surgery?
Surgery can be as simple as removing part of an ingrown toenail or as complex as realigning bones and tendons during bunion surgery. Surgery can also be helpful if you have:
- Ankle instability after a severe sprain
- A rigid hammertoe
- Arthritis in your foot or ankle
- Plantar fasciitis
- An Achilles tendon injury
- A painful, enlarged nerve between your toes
- A severe break in the bones of your foot or ankle
- A birth defect that affects your ability to walk
Could foot surgery be the best option for you? Schedule an appointment with your podiatrists at Diamond Podiatry by calling (610) 865-0311 for the Quakertown office or (610) 865-0311 for the Bethlehem or Macungie offices.
Taking good care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes. In fact, diabetic foot care may help you avoid complications. Your Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, podiatrists at Diamond Podiatry offer treatments and services that will help minimize your risk of developing serious diabetes-related foot infections.
How does diabetes affect my feet?
Diabetes causes several important changes in your body and feet, including:
- Slower Healing: Fighting off infections becomes much more difficult if you've had diabetes for a long time or the disease isn't well controlled.
- Lack of Sensation: Peripheral neuropathy may also be a problem if you have poorly controlled diabetes or have had the disease for years. The condition damages the nerves in your feet, which can affect your ability to feel pain or discomfort when you have a cut, blister or sore on your foot.
- Decreased Sweat and Oil Production: You may be more likely to develop sores and ulcers if your skin breaks down easily due to decreased production of sweat and oil. Even tiny sores can quickly become infected when you have diabetes.
How can I avoid complications?
Daily self-foot examinations help you identify skin issues that could lead to complications, such as unruptured blisters or red spots. Bandaging your blister and switching to a pair of shoes that doesn't rub against your foot will help prevent these blisters and red spots from turning into sores.
It's also important to wear shoes that cushion your feet and reduce pressure. Your podiatrist may recommend that you use prescription shoe inserts called orthotics if you develop blisters or red spots often or experience discomfort.
In addition to red spots and unruptured blisters, look for open sores, red streaks on your skin, pus on sores, ingrown toenails, ruptured blisters, pain or numbness, changes in the temperature of your feet and skin color changes. If you notice any of these signs and symptoms, call your Bethlehem, Macungie or Quakertown, PA, foot doctor as soon as possible.
Are you concerned about a diabetic foot problem? Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists at Diamond Podiatry by calling (610) 865-0311 for the Bethlehem or Macungie, PA, offices or (215) 529-5222 for the Quakertown, PA, office.
For many patients, a bunion is unnoticeable until its later stages—meaning you may not notice it at all until it becomes a problem. Due to its location and slow-growing nature, a bunion can cause pain, discomfort, and even issues walking or standing. Learning to spot a bunion in its earliest stages and understanding its causes and treatments can help your feet stay healthy for years to come. Find out more about bunions with Diamond Podiatry with locations in Bethlehem, PA, Macungie, PA, and Quakertown, PA.
What is a bunion and where do they come from?
A bunion is a bony growth located at the base of the big toe. The bunion itself grows slowly, usually over the course of years, and may not cause any adverse symptoms until it is quite advanced. The creation of bunions is largely related to wearing too-narrow or too-tight shoes, such as high heels, as they create a harmful amount of foot friction.
Do I have a bunion?
Visually, a bunion looks like a bump or lump at the base of your big toe on the inside of your foot. Some common symptoms of a bunion include:
- A visible lump on the inside of the foot
- Friction from the bunion rubbing on the shoe
- Aching pain
- In its later stages, difficulty standing or walking
Bunion Treatments in Bethlehem, PA, Macungie, PA, and Quakertown, PA
If you suspect you have a bunion, a consultation with your podiatrist can confirm your diagnosis and help you find the best treatment plan for your condition. If found in its earliest stages, simple monitoring of the foot and lifestyle changes like wearing more comfortable shoes can help slow a bunion’s growth. If necessary, your foot doctor may also suggest over-the-counter pain medication and an avoidance towards being on your feet for extended periods of time. Advanced bunions may require a bunionectomy, which is a surgical procedure to remove the entire bunion and, if necessary, realign the toes to lie flat.
For more information on bunions or their treatments, please contact your podiatrist at Diamond Podiatry with locations in Bethlehem, PA, Macungie, PA, and Quakertown, PA. Call (610) 865-0311 to schedule your appointment in Bethlehem, (610) 865-0311 to schedule your appointment in Macungie, or (215) 529-5222 to schedule your appointment in Quakerstown.
A diabetes diagnosis can mean adding steps to your daily routine, such as monitoring your blood sugar and, if necessary, administering insulin. Although many people do not think to add “foot care” to their daily task list, this important aspect of diabetic care is crucial to managing your condition. Find out what makes diabetic foot care so important and learn some best practices to add to your routine with Diamond Podiatry with locations in Bethlehem, PA, Macungie, PA, and Quakertown, PA.
Why is diabetic foot care important?
Diabetes is a condition that restricts or altogether blocks the body’s ability to make glucose, which regulates the body’s blood sugar levels. This effect then causes decreased blood flow to the extremities, causing numbness and slower healing times. Consequently, a seemingly insignificant injury can be left untreated, evolving into a more advanced condition or even becoming seriously infected. Incorporating a daily foot care routine into your life helps decrease the chances of this situation occurring and allows patients to easily monitor their feet’s health.
How should I care for my feet?
A daily foot care routine can help you keep your feet healthy:
- Examine the foot itself and take note of any cuts, scrapes, bruising, or other abnormalities.
- Recheck any injuries or abnormalities the next day to ensure they do not become worse.
- Always wear fresh socks and change them if they become damp or sweaty.
- Shake out your shoes before putting them on to get rid of any pebbles or other debris which may be inside.
- Always cut the toenail straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
- Schedule regular foot examinations with your podiatrist.
Diabetic Foot Care in Bethlehem, PA, Macungie, PA, and Quakertown, PA
Caring for your feet becomes more important than ever after a diabetes diagnosis. Consulting regularly with your foot doctor can help you ensure that your feet stay healthy for years to come.
For more information on diabetic wound care or what makes diabetic foot care essential to patients with diabetes, please contact your podiatrist at Diamond Podiatry with locations in Bethlehem, PA, Macungie, PA, and Quakertown, PA. Call (610) 865-0311 to schedule your appointment in Bethlehem, (610) 865-0311 to schedule your appointment in Macungie, or (215) 529-5222 to schedule your appointment in Quakerstown today!
What spreads easily, causes itching, burning, and blistering between the toes, and affects people of all ages? It's athlete's foot, or Tinea pedis, an all-too-common skin infection of the foot. At Diamond Podiatry & Podiatry Associates of Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, Macungie, and Quakertown, PA, your podiatrists see many cases of this stubborn fungal problem. They help their patients effectively prevent it and treat it for healthier, happier feet.
The best medicine
Prevention is best where many health conditions are concerned, and athlete's foot is no different. To avoid the cracking, burning, itching, blistering, and peeling common to infection with Tinea pedis, try these common-sense strategies:
- Wash your feet with soap and water every day, and dry them completely with a clean towel. Avoid sharing towels--even with your family--as this fungus spreads via skin to skin contact, towels, shoes, and wet gym, shower, and swimming pool areas.
- Wear clean dry socks every day, and change your shoes whenever they become sweaty. Tinea pedis thrives in dark moist areas such as your sneakers after a run or a heavy workout.
- Use over the counter anti-fungal spray before you get an infection.
- Trim your nails with clean clippers, and cut straight across--never at an angle.
- Do not go barefoot in public areas.
Visiting your podiatrist in Bethlehem, Macungie, and Quakertown, PA
Stubborn cases of athlete's foot require treatment by a podiatrist. If your symptoms do not improve within a couple of weeks, please see one of our four podiatrists for a quick visual inspection. Our physicians typically recommend drugstore antifungal sprays, creams or ointments, but sometimes, a topical or oral prescription is needed.
Additionally, if you are diabetic, do not delay coming in for treatment. Even mild cases of athlete's foot can lead to foot ulcers in a diabetic individual due to depressed immunity and higher blood glucose levels.
You can when you stay ahead of athlete's foot. If you're struggling with this podiatric aliment, please contact one of our three convenient locations and book an appointment. For the Bethlehem or Macungie offices of Diamond Podiatry & Podiatry Associates of Lehigh Valley, call (610) 865-0311. In Quakertown, phone (215) 529-5222.
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