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August 2021

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 00:00

What Is Infectious Arthritis?

Infectious arthritis is a sudden and painful form of arthritis caused by bacterial, viral, or fungal infections. This type of arthritis typically only affects one joint and can be caused by an infection spreading from one part of your body to the joint or joint lining, or by an infection-causing germ entering the body through open wounds, injections, or surgery. The symptoms of infectious arthritis include intense swelling, pain, fever, and chills. Although infectious arthritis usually affects the knees, it can also attack hips, wrists, and ankles. If you have symptoms of infectious arthritis in your ankle, a podiatrist may be able to help. For more information about the different types of arthritis, the effects of arthritis on your feet, and how to care for arthritic feet and ankles, please consult with a podiatrist.    

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Edward D. Hutson from Easton, PA. . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

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

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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 24 August 2021 00:00

A Common Cause of Adult Acquired Flatfoot

Adult acquired flatfoot is a condition where the arch of the foot flattens or completely collapses. Although there is not one definitive cause for acquired flatfoot in adults, many consider posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) as a common contributing factor. The posterior tibial tendon is a string of tissue that connects the bones on the inside of the foot with the back of the calf. It is responsible for maintaining the arch and supporting the foot while walking. Overuse of this tendon sometimes causes it to become inflamed, torn, or otherwise injured. This painful condition is progressive and eventually may lead to the arch falling and the ankle rolling inwardly. Left untreated, the tendon may further deteriorate and arthritis may develop in the foot and ankle. If you have pain on the inside of your foot or ankle that increases with activity—which may or may not be accompanied by swelling—contact a podiatrist right away.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Edward D. Hutson from Easton, PA. . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Easton, and Northampton, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 23 August 2021 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 17 August 2021 00:00

How Do Stress Fractures Affect the Feet?

A stress fracture is a small hairline fracture that is a result from overuse. The feet are particularly susceptible to developing stress fractures and there are a variety of different types. One of the most common foot stress fractures is a navicular stress fracture. This occurs on the top of the midfoot and is common in sprinters and jumpers. Another type of stress fracture is a metatarsal stress fracture which occurs along one of the metatarsal bones. A metatarsal stress fracture can develop from overuse or poor foot biomechanics and the pain is usually felt towards the middle, or front of the foot and worsens with weight bearing activities. A calcaneal fracture occurs in the heel bone and is common among soldiers who march frequently, as well as runners who choose to do their running on the road. Another common stress fracture that may occur in the feet is a Jones fracture which occurs in the 5th metatarsal and causes pain on the outside of the foot. If you are experiencing pain in the foot, it may be the result of one of these stress fractures. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and plan for treatment.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Edward D. Hutson from Easton, PA. . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

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

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Monday, 16 August 2021 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Wednesday, 11 August 2021 00:00

Should I See a Podiatrist for a Foot Wart?

Foot warts, also known as plantar warts, are often found on the soles of the feet. They can be contagious and are generally caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). The warts usually begin as small, rough areas of thickened skin. Over time, they may spread along the surface of the foot and develop tiny black dots at their center. These dots are actually clogged blood vessels. If you notice warts on the bottom of your feet, it is a good idea to consult with a podiatrist. Sometimes plantar warts do not cause any symptoms and may go away on their own. Other times they can be painful, persistent, and unsightly. Pressure on the feet from bearing the weight of your body could cause warts to grow inwards, leading to significant pain while walking or standing. Diabetics should always see a podiatrist if they develop plantar warts because diabetes can greatly increase the risk of other foot complications. For more information about plantar warts, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Edward D. Hutson from Easton, PA. . Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Easton, and Northampton, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 03 August 2021 00:00

Finding the Perfect Fit for Your Shoes

Shoe shopping can sometimes seem like an endless slog through shoes that are too roomy or too tight, when all you want is a pair that fits just right. Shoes that are too big might fail the “finger test” by allowing you to fit more than one finger between your heel and the end of the shoe, or might only stay on your foot when tightly laced. Shoes that are too small may squish your toes and rub uncomfortably against your heels. Occasionally, it may even be hard to determine the fit of a shoe when you try it on in the store. Some shoes, such as leather dress shoes, are made with materials that fit snugly at first but stretch over time. Shoes that fit perfectly will provide enough room in the toe area for you to wiggle your toes comfortably, fit snugly without chafing your heels or causing blisters, and support your foot and ankle. To learn more about how to find the right shoes for you, please consult with a podiatrist.  

It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Edward D. Hutson from Easton, PA. . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

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

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Monday, 02 August 2021 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

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