Treatment of Painful Tumors of the Foot

How to treat foot tumors...in Pittsburgh

Ganglion Tumors, Mucoid Cysts, Neuroma Treatment The fact that most tumors of the foot are benign can be a problem- we rely on statistics instead of making sure. If you have a foot tumor, please have it checked out. It may be much simpler than you thought to easily remove it! Below are some common tumors we can easily remove in the office in under a half hour with a little novacaine. This allows accurate diagnosis and a more comfortable foot for you!  

Ganglion Tumors, Mucoid Cysts, Neuroma Treatment

The fact that most tumors of the foot are benign can be a problem- we rely on statistics instead of making sure. If you have a foot tumor, please have it checked out. It may be much simpler than you thought to easily remove it!

Below are some common tumors we can easily remove in the office in under a half hour with a little novacaine. This allows accurate diagnosis and a more comfortable foot for you!

 

#1 A digital mucoid cyst is often found near a nail bed, or on the toe. It can become irritated by shoes and the skin is fragile and can easily break open, making infection a common complication. 

#1 A digital mucoid cyst is often found near a nail bed, or on the toe. It can become irritated by shoes and the skin is fragile and can easily break open, making infection a common complication. 

This is a small soft tissue tumor near the ankle, on a foot. It was located just under the skin and was easily removed in a matter of minutes with just three tiny stitches. Patient was back in regular shoes and normal activities in under 2 weeks.

3cm large ganglion on the lateral size of the midfoot. Despite being drained multiple times, the tumor recurred and grew to the point that it made shoes uncomfortable. Removal was accomplished in under a half hour in the office. 

3cm large ganglion on the lateral size of the midfoot. Despite being drained multiple times, the tumor recurred and grew to the point that it made shoes uncomfortable. Removal was accomplished in under a half hour in the office. 

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Crooked Toes and What Can I Do About Them

Treatments for Hammertoes in Pittsburgh

 

  • Do your toes rub in your shoes?https://www.bvfootclinic.com/corns-and-calluses-2/
  • Are there sore red spots on your toe knuckles?
  • Do you suffer from corns and callouses?

There are simple office procedures that can help solve all these problems!

You Don't have to live with toe pain.

You Don't have to live with toe pain.

 

What Is A Hammer Toe?

Most commonly affecting the baby toe or a second toe that is a bit longer than the others, a hammer toe is a genetically inherited conditions where the toes are bent and can be very painful.

 

Symptoms Of Hammer Toes

For most people, unless you wear tight dress shoes, hammertoes are not a problem. But people that do dress up for work or play know what the symptoms of hammertoes are all too well! Redness at the bent knuckles, soreness where the toe rubs the shoe, and sometimes painful corns or calluses are common hammertoe symptoms. Sometimes the corns appear between the baby toe and the 4th toes and may even rub a hole in the skin, called an ulcer.

Diabetics, patients with poor circulation, and those with neuropathy are at particular risk, and may not even realize it. A small hole in the skin can lead to an infection, amputation of the toe, or even the foot.

Seek Hammer toe Treatment from a Board Certified Podiatrist

Home remedies can be dangerous; see a podiatrist if:
•    Painful ball of the foot
•    Unsightly appearance
•    painful walking in shoes

•    shoes don't fit, or toes are cramped

•    Worsening toe deformity
•    Toe pain or redness on the knuckle  

Non-surgical Treatments for Hammer Toes

As soon as you realize you have a problem with your toes, call a podiatrist. She can help you find non-operative treatments for hammer toes, or claw toes, and are geared toward decreasing spain (and/or calluses) andkeeping you from developing a much worse problem.

Simple home treatments you can do immediately are:
•    Wear a wide comfortable , more squared toe box
•    Use an arch support or wear supportive shoes
•    cut back on activities that cause pain
•    offload callused areas
•    apply exfoliative callus cream daily, available through your podiatrist( over the counter ones can be dangerous
•    Periodic care from your podiatrist

DO NOT use medicated callus pads with out first checking with your podiatrist

Non surgical care of hammertoes at a Drs office:
•    Injections
•    Toe Splints or Pads 
•    Custom Foot Orthotics
•    Anti-inflammatory Medicines
•   Physical Therapy

Hammer Toe Surgery 

Straighteningand/ or shortening of a painful hamertoe can be done in a single simple 15 minute office procedure. Walking is resumed immediately in a special shoe. Those with sitting jobs can office return to work aftera hammertoe surgery after as little as a long weekend. Call for details today!

 

Call us today 878-313-3338 to schedule at any of our four Podiatry Clinics in Beaver, Butler, or Allegheny County locations, including Podiatry offices Moon Township, Ambridge, Cranberry Township’s full service Podiatric office and our newest Foot Clinic, Beaver, PA

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Treatment for Pain in Heel, Moon Twp

Heel Pain Treatments, Pittsburgh

Plantar fasciitis affects over 5% of the population. That's 5 million Americans suffering with heel pain

If you wake up in the morning and the first steps of the day are excruciating, if you work on concrete or stand for long periods of time, you may have plantar fasciitis.

If daily activities cause pain in the heel here are some simple home tips to treat Plantar Fasciitis, Cranberry Twp.

Plantar Fascia Home Treatment: 

 

Every morning before you even take one step out of bed...STRETCH! Using a rolled up towel or a belt around the ball of your foot, straighten your knee and bend your "toes to your nose"

Reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain by applying and ice pack ( or frozen peas or corn) to the painful area on the bottom of your heel.

NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory pain medication) like ibuprofen or naprosyn may help temporarily.

Arch supports (hard, not gel) will help support the bones and muscles of the foot.

Cut back on your training routine, you may be logging too many miles.

If these don't work in 2 weeks, call your podiatrist!

 

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Physical therapy helps some people but for some it either doesn't help, or makes it worse.

Night Splints help some people. they may be awkward to sleep in though.

Custom orthotics - I prefer plaster molds over stepping in foam.

If these conservative measures fail, it's time to ramp up your heel pain treatments:

A local injection of corticosteroid to reduce the painful local inflammation. This is often very effective, but can be a bit painful (for 2 seconds-it's worth it!)

ESWT- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, in which pressure waves in the form of sound waves as shock waves are directed via ultrasound guidance to the area of maximum tenderness in your plantar fascia. With experienced practitioners over 90% of thye most treatment resistant plantar fasciitis can resolve.

Surgery should be a last resort, as there are longterm considerations and many studies site only a 50% sucess rate

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How to Treat Infected Ingrown Toenails, Pittsburgh PA

cutting a V in an ingrown toenail

Do's and Dont's of Treating Ingrown Nails

You can get into a lot of trouble treating ingrown toenails at home. Here's how:

1. Digging at the nail opens small cuts into the skin , allowing bacteria to get inside the skins protective shield, increasing your chances of infection.

2. If you remove a small part but not all of an ingrown nail, often a deep spike on the side continues to grow and can even grow out of the top of the toe flesh, creating a much more painful and harder to treat situation.

3. Home tools are often inadequately cleaned and kept in the bathroom- not the cleanest room in the house.

4. Thinking you "got it all" often delays professional treatment, again leading to worse infections and more advanced treatments.

So my advice is make an appointment with a Podiatrist as soon as you feel a problem starting. While waiting for your appointment here are a few tips on home treatment of ingrown toenails to take the edge off the pain. However, Beaver Valley Foot Clinic often has same day and next day appointments so the problem is taken care of quickly and ending your suffering immediately!

  • To reduce inflammation and tenderness, soak your toe several times a day for 10-15 minutes in lukewarm water Epsom salts help.
  • After soaking, dry the toe and apply antibiotic ointment and a bandaid to reduce local infection.
  • Wear shoes that dont press on the sore toe, like sandals or wider shoes until its better.
  • Ibuprofen or Tylenol may help temporarily, but be careful you aren't masking the pain, allowing the infection to worsen before you get treatment.

Preventing an Ingrown Toenail: 

 

  • Trim toenails even with tips of toes.  Shoe pressure can damage the nail bed.
  • Wear proper fitting shoes. Heels should not be over 1/2 inch, and the wider the toe box, the better
  • Cut your nails straight across. Don't let a salon cut your cuticles, they are important for keeping germs out.
  • Don't go barefoot outdoors. If your work puts you at risk of injuring your toes, wear protective footwear, such as steel-toed shoes.
  • Check your feet. If you have diabetes,  have a friend, or use a mirror if needed, but check your feet every day for signs of redness, scrapes or other foot problems.

READY TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?

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for Burning Foot Pain in Beaver County, PA

Do your feet burn at night, keeping you up? Do you have tingling and numbness in your feet? Have you given up on treating painful diabetic neuropathy in Moon Twp? We can help! You don't have to live with burning foot pain. What is diabetic neuropathy? Diabetics often get what is called "stocking-gloves" neuropathy. This is a numbness tingling or pain starting at the tips of fingers and toes and working its way up if not controlled. At first, you may not even notice it happening. But if you are a type 1 or type 2 diabetic and you let your blood sugar remain uncontrolled, you will get diabetic neuropathy. While you may think numbness is no big deal, the results of NOT being able to feel small injuries can have BIG consequences. Nerve damage may make you unable to feel cuts scrapes, or even splinters until its too late and infection has occurred. Then because diabetes has a negative affect on your ability to heal wounds, a small scrapes can lead to hospitalization, surgery, and even amputation.   What are the different types of diabetic neuropathy   Peripheral neuropathy numb tingling hands and feet Autonomic neuropathy dry skin, loss of sweating, hair loss   What causes diabetic neuropathy? Prolonged high blood sugar, caused by poor diets and improper medication How is diabetic neuropathy diagnosed? Your podiatrist can do a physical exam that tests protective sensation with a 5.07 Semmes Weinstein filament, in minutes in the office For more in depth information, an EMG or nerve conduction study will be ordered when appropriate How is diabetic neuropathy treated? The treatment plan is very individualized depending on the patient Pain management Topical creams, Vitamin B pills, many others   Managing complications Have some one or use a mirror to check the bottom of your feet daily always wear protective shoe gear dry your feet after bathing -especially between the toes See your podiatrist regularly   Can I prevent diabetic neuropathy? Keep "white" out of your diet- white sugar, white flour, desserts, juices, pops, anything with high fructose corn syrup The most recent studies suggest 15 minute walks after each meal do more to lower blood sugar than one large walk. It's also easier on your body. See Your Podiatrist regularly and don't wait when small problems appear.  

Do your feet burn at night, keeping you up?

Do you have tingling and numbness in your feet?

Have you given up on treating painful diabetic neuropathy in Moon Twp?

We can help!

You don't have to live with burning foot pain.

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetics often get what is called "stocking-gloves" neuropathy. This is a numbness tingling or pain starting at the tips of fingers and toes and working its way up if not controlled.

At first, you may not even notice it happening. But if you are a type 1 or type 2 diabetic and you let your blood sugar remain uncontrolled, you will get diabetic neuropathy.

While you may think numbness is no big deal, the results of NOT being able to feel small injuries can have BIG consequences.

Nerve damage may make you unable to feel cuts scrapes, or even splinters until its too late and infection has occurred. Then because diabetes has a negative affect on your ability to heal wounds, a small scrapes can lead to hospitalization, surgery, and even amputation.

 

What are the different types of diabetic neuropathy

 

Peripheral neuropathy

numb tingling hands and feet

Autonomic neuropathy

dry skin, loss of sweating, hair loss

 

What causes diabetic neuropathy?

Prolonged high blood sugar, caused by poor diets and improper medication

How is diabetic neuropathy diagnosed?

Your podiatrist can do a physical exam that tests protective sensation with a 5.07 Semmes Weinstein filament, in minutes in the office

For more in depth information, an EMG or nerve conduction study will be ordered when appropriate

How is diabetic neuropathy treated?

The treatment plan is very individualized depending on the patient

Pain management

Topical creams, Vitamin B pills, many others

 

Managing complications

Have some one or use a mirror to check the bottom of your feet daily

always wear protective shoe gear

dry your feet after bathing -especially between the toes

See your podiatrist regularly

 

Can I prevent diabetic neuropathy?

Keep "white" out of your diet- white sugar, white flour, desserts, juices, pops, anything with high fructose corn syrup

The most recent studies suggest 15 minute walks after each meal do more to lower blood sugar than one large walk. It's also easier on your body.

See Your Podiatrist regularly and don't wait when small problems appear.

 

Diabetic nerve pain image

nerve pain...

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Treating Pain on the Bottom of the Heel in Pittsburgh, PA

Heel Pain in Runners, Cranberry Twp

Heel Pain in Runners, Cranberry Twp

Does your heel hurt when you take the first step out of bed in the morning?

Does it take a few minutes of walking around to "stretch out" the bottom of your foot so you can walk with out pain?

Are your friends telling you that you have a "Heel Spur?

Well they may be half right! But to really understand heel pain and how to treat it, we have to dig a little deeper and look at the REAL cause of the pain. Only then can you take the appropriate steps to treat heel pain and regain your life.

Rarely does the actual bony spur on the heel cause any symptoms. In fact one study suggests that 25% of the population, if xrayed, are walking around with a spur on the foot. More often, the actual heel pain is caused by Plantar Fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a type of ligamentous connective tissue just under the skin and fat (subcutaneous tissue) on the bottom of the foot. It provides pretection and support to the muscles and bones in the "arch" of the foot. It courses from the heel bone (calcaneous) to the toes and is important to the function of walking correctly.

When this plantar fascia is damaged, either by stepping on a rock or uneven ground, or overused- by working long hours on hard floors, or suddenly stretched, it becomes inflamed and is very painful. It is this pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia pulling away from its attachment to the heel bone that people feel. As a result of the inflammation your body will lay down bony calcifications to the area. This is the spur, and it forms only after the injury. In fact, when a surgeon addresses the problem, most leave the spur alone, and only release the ligamentous attachment (but this can be avoided 99% of the time-see below)

 

image heel spur image

As you can see in this picture, the spur is not poking "down".  It looks like a "spur" only because xrays are 2 dimensional . In 3-dimensions, it is in fact a bony ledge across the foot from one side to another and is where the tendons, muscles,and other structures attach. When the foot is overstretched or overworked, the tissue pulls away from the bony attachment causing microtears and inflammation. This inflammation under the foot is what is painful.

This changes the goal of our treatment from"removing the spur" to instead 

  1. Using an antiinflammatory to reduce the inflammation-thus the pain
  2. Supporting the arch of the foot with orthotics or arch supports to eliminates the strain
  3. teaching the patient how to identify and treat heel pain more quickly in the future

 

That is why unless trauma or a tumor or true fracture is suspected, xrays do little to identify and treat plantar fasciitis. The "spur" may also be found on the back of the heel. Again, it may have been there for years, but just got aggravated by shoes or activity. So again, don't just toward surgery to remove the bony spur on the back of the heel, treat the inflammation instead. Your podiatrist can help you figure out what caused it, and help you eliminate that and prevent this from recurring.

5 most common treatments for heel pain:

  1. Nsaids
  2. cortisone
  3. stretching
  4. icing
  5. ESWT

 

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Corns and Callouses

callouses

What is a callous?

Thickened skin on the bottom of your foot is called a corn or a callus. They are the body's reaction to pressure or friction from walking. They form under pressure points in the bottom of the foot.

Older people, for instance have less fat under their feet as cushion and the skin and bone remaining get a lot of pressure under them which may lead to very painful callosities.

Poorly cushioned or ill- fitting shoes also may make corns worse.

 

technically corns are overlying joints , like toes. often they have a deep core , which presses on the nerve underneath

  • Heloma Dura- or hard corn is often found on top of toes
  • Heloma Mole- or soft corn can be found between toes, where the tissue is moist. They often appear thick, white , moist and rubbery, and very painful
  • IPK- or seed corn has a nucleated center of impacted dead skin cells. Often they occur in multiples, which can be painless, however, deep ones can press on nerves in the skin and become VERY painful.

Podiatric Treatment of Corns:

DO NOT

  • Do not attempt to cut you own corns!
  • Do not use those medicated black dot  "corn pads" from the store- they don't know the difference between good skin and bad skin, and can cause a wound.
  • Do not ignore if a corn gets red or pink around it- that could signify an infection starting.

A trained podiatrist can quickly and painlessly remove a callus in the office. She can also teach you how to prevent them with either special creams or offloading padding. oftentimes a simple office procedure can keep the corns from returning. Most importantly, what you think may be "just a corn" can often be something much worse. The skin under the corn can break down, creating an ulcer, which can lead to a diabetic foot infection. This is the beginnng of an amputation if not treated quickly enough

 

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