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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.
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.
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.
You have ten toes and ten healthy nails, right? Well, sometimes toenails disappoint and cause discomfort when misshapen and surrounded by swollen skin. At Diamond Podiatry in Bethlehem, Macungie, and Quakertown, PA, your podiatrists call this Onychocrytosis or an ingrown toenail. Common to millions of people across the US, ingrown toenails should be treated to avoid infection and relieve pain.
Causes of ingrown toenails
Usually located on the outer edge of the big toe, an ingrown toenail intrudes on the skin, causing redness, pain, swelling and sometimes, infection. The most frequent reason people develop Onychocryptosis is poor pedicure techniques. When toenails are cut, shaped and rounded at the edges, the skin grows right over the nail, and hence the problem which bothers adults, teens and children alike.
Additional causes are shoes that are too pointed and tight in the toes, improperly fitting socks, poor foot hygiene, injury to the nail bed and even fungal toenails and their cousin, athlete's foot. Some research indicates ingrown nails run in families because, at least in some part, foot structure is inherited.
What you can do
Once you notice ingrown toenail symptoms, act on them right away. A warm soak in a foot bath will soften both the nail and the sore skin. Analgesics such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen relieve pain temporarily. Wear well-fitting sneakers or other shoes with ample room in the toes. Sandals work well during the warm weather.
However, if inflammation and discomfort continue, contact Diamond Podiatry for an appointment. After examining your foot, the doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics to heal infection. Also, he may cut the toenail the appropriate way (straight across and never at an angle).
Finally, if the condition is really bad, your podiatrist may do a simple, in-office surgery called partial nail avulsion. This treatment removes a thin strip of the toenail from top to bottom on the affected side, alleviating friction and pressure.
Stay healthy with preventive measures
To ward off ingrown toenails, wear roomy shoes, wash your feet daily, and make sure your socks fit appropriately and don't bunch up in the toe area. Use a clean nail clipper to trim your nails, but never shape them at the corners the way you do with your fingernails. Cut straight across only.
Find out more
If you're hurting, worried about a toenail or wish to know more about preventing common foot problems, such as ingrown toenails, contact Diamond Podiatry. There's an office near you. In Bethlehem or Macungie, PA, call (610) 865-0311, or in Quakertown, PA phone (215) 529-5222.
Find out how your Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown podiatrists can help you with your heel pain
The podiatrists at Diamond Podiatry & Podiatry Associates of the Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, have years of experience and knowledge of how to examine your feet, prescribe the proper course of treatment and resolving issues and problems like heel pain.
Heel and Causes of Pain
The plantar fascia, a connective tissue that extends from the heel bone, across the arch and to the toes, becomes irritated or inflamed, which is when people start to feel pain.
This happens when:
- The foot rolls inward excessively while walking
- The foot subsequently flattens, lengthening the arch, and puts adding tension on the connective tissue
- With time, inflammation occurs
Other causes of heel pain include:
- Heel spurs, a growth on the bone that may be painless in many cases but may also result in chronic pain.
- Arthritis, which is swelling of cartilage and lining in joints.
- Gout, which is the buildup of uric acid salts, a normal byproduct of the diet, in the joints.
There are also other disorders and issues including, collagen disorders, nerve injuries, heel bone abnormalities and tumors.
Caring for heel pain
Here are a few noninvasive options to consider.
- Wear comfortable shoes made of soft rubber.
- Avoid rigorous sports and exercises.
- Stretch your feet out daily.
If all else fails, there's the option of getting a surgical treatment that'll eliminate heel pain and remove connective tissue and heel spurs.
For more information regarding your heel pain, contact the podiatrists of Diamond Podiatry & Podiatry Associates of the Lehigh Valley. Their office is conveniently located in three locations: Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA.
Just call at the most convenient location to you:
Bethlehem: (610) 865-0311
Macungie: (610) 865-0311
Quakertown: (215) 529-5222