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October 2022

Monday, 31 October 2022 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

Shoes for Bunions

Bunions can develop in an individual when the big toe joint shifts out of alignment causing a bony protrusion to grow at the big toe base. Alternatively, smaller bunions, called bunionettes, may form on the side of the pinky-toe base. If you have developed bunions, a medical professional might recommend that you begin wearing shoes that are more bunion friendly. For example, instead of wearing tight, restrictive shoes, you might wear shoes with more space. Sometimes, an individual with bunions will purchase a shoe size that is a half-size larger than what they would normally wear to provide the toes with extra space and breathability. This added space might even allow the patient to wear certain orthotics. If you have a bunion, contact a podiatrist today for more information about the right footwear you should be wearing, as well as the different treatments available, to ward off this painful ailment.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. Edward D. Hutson of Easton, PA. . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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, 24 October 2022 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetes is a chronic condition and it negatively impacts the process by which an individual can use food for energy. Diabetics should be aware of their susceptibility to suffering from several foot conditions, including the development of foot ulcers. A foot ulcer is essentially a foot sore, and many diabetics who lose feeling in their feet may not even feel pain from the ulcer. One contributing cause of foot ulcers is putting too much pressure on a specific area of the foot. A medical professional may treat an ulcer in different ways. For example, debridement may be performed whereby dead skin and tissue are removed from the affected area. A medical professional may also instruct a diabetic with a foot ulcer to care for the wound by reducing pressure on the feet and maintaining good blood sugar levels. If you suffer from diabetes, contact a podiatrist today for more information and the treatment of your feet.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, 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.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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, 17 October 2022 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Falling is common among people who are 65 years and older, and research has shown that frequently exercising may reduce this risk. This may be a result of increased strength in the muscles, bones and tendons, in addition to achieving improved balance. It is suggested that exercise is started slowly with practicing a few exercises per day until the body gets accustomed to it. This can be followed by increasing the number of repetitions and intensity. It is helpful to wear appropriate shoes that have adequate cushioning while exercising, in addition to using support if needed. Many people enjoy practicing yoga or pilates, and this can be added to partaking in a walking program. Falling can impact the feet, and research has shown that having a strong body may greatly reduce the risk of falling. If you would like additional information about fall prevention methods, please confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking. 

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Edward D. Hutson from Easton, PA. . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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, 10 October 2022 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

Risks of Online Shoe Shopping

When shoes are purchased in a store, determining the right shoe size is often accomplished by using a Brannock device. This is done by stepping on this metal device, and measuring the length and width of the foot. Online shopping is becoming increasingly popular, and it can be difficult to choose shoes that will fit correctly. An effective method in learning what your correct shoe size is can be obtained by standing on a piece of paper, and tracing the foot. It is beneficial to do this at the end of the day, when the feet are at their largest. Many online shopping sites will have conversion charts, which can make it easier to choose the right shoe size. Feet can become swollen during the summer months, and shoes that are purchased may feel bigger during the colder months. If you would like additional information about correct pointers on how to get your right shoe size, please consult with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of Dr. Edward D. Hutson from Easton, PA. . 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 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, 03 October 2022 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

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