Sunday, 03 March 2024 00:00

Ingrown toenails can be painful and can make wearing shoes or walking uncomfortable. Seek professional help if you believe you've developed an ingrown toenail and be treated safely. 

Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Experiencing a persistent burning sensation in your feet may indicate neuropathy has developed. The sensation of burning feet often results from nerve damage and is a common cause of this type of discomfort. While diabetes related neuropathy can be easily diagnosed, sudden or rapidly worsening unexplained burning sensations may necessitate comprehensive testing. Diagnostic measures include electromyography, or EMG, to assess muscle function, and nerve conduction studies to evaluate impulse transmission. In rare cases, a nerve biopsy may be conducted for microscopic examination. Laboratory tests such as blood, urine, or spinal fluid analysis may also help to identify underlying causes, such as vitamin E deficiency or uremia. Tailoring treatment for burning feet to the underlying cause is essential.  For diabetic patients, treatment involves blood sugar control, insulin, diet changes, and oral medication. Alcohol induced neuropathy requires abstinence for nerve recovery. Chronic kidney failure may necessitate dialysis, and hypothyroidism calls for synthetic thyroid hormones. If you suspect neuropathy may be the cause of burning feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who is trained to manage foot conditions that stem from neuropathy.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Gerald Erskine, DPM from Seneca Family Footcare. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Ankle fractures are common in injuries, making up approximately 10 percent of all fractures in trauma cases. They usually occur more in young men and older women. When there is a bigger accident with multiple injuries, ankle problems can greatly interfere with movement. There are different ways to classify ankle fractures. One way was introduced by Percival Pott, who looked at how many parts of the ankle bones got broken. There are two other systems called Lauge-Hansen and Danis-Weber that also offer ways to think about how the injury happened and how stable the break is. Each system offers good information. When doctors look at X-rays of ankle fractures, they have a certain way to approach repair. Fixing a displaced ankle fracture and making it line up right usually gives good results. But sometimes, even with the bones in the right place, the ankle can still have problems later because the cartilage is involved. About 15 percent of people may have arthritis in their ankle after this kind of fracture. If you have sustained an ankle fracture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to have appropriate tests taken, a diagnosis made, and appropriate treatment offered.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Gerald Erskine, DPM from Seneca Family Footcare. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Embarking on the quest for the ideal shoe size is an important yet often underestimated journey. To find the perfect fit, one must prioritize comfort and functionality. Start by measuring both feet, as they can vary in size, and choose the size that accommodates the larger foot. Consider the shoe's width, ensuring ample room for toes without constriction. Pay attention to the arch and heel support, elements that play a pivotal role in overall comfort. Try on shoes later in the day when feet tend to swell slightly, mimicking real-life conditions. Walk around to assess how the shoes feel in motion, checking for any discomfort or pressure points. For detailed information about how to accurately measure the feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of Gerald Erskine, DPM from Seneca Family Footcare. Our doctor will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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