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Podiatrists are professionally trained to treat many conditions relating to foot and ankle pain. Some common disorders we treat include:
 

When to see a Podiatrist about Flat Feet

Flat feet, Flat Foot Treatment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniafallen arches, or “pes planus” is normally a symptomless and fortunately painless condition. It is characterized by the arch of the foot collapsing completely, which causes the entire sole of the foot to come into perfect contact with the ground. An estimated 20-30 percent of the entire population has some form of flat feet, ranging in severity from asymptomatic to somewhat problematic. Most people who endure this problem are able to experience life pain and symptom free from the nearly unnoticeable abnormality. However, a small sector of those affected do experience pain or discomfort, which is when a treatment program needs to be put in action.

Fairly common in infants and small children, but also prevalent in adults, flat feet becomes a problem if pain or discomfort is present in the foot or even around the knee and lower leg area. Pain around the knee and lower leg areas can arise because flat feet can alter proper foot and leg alignment, which will put unusual strain on the knee. Adults can develop the condition as the result of injury or even from normal wear and tear due to the natural aging process.

Treatment of flat feet by a fully educated, trained, and licensed Philadelphia podiatrist should be sought if the previously mentioned pain in the foot or knee areas start to surface and becomes a painful problem. Depending on the cause and exact type of the condition, a variety of forms of treatment may be prescribed. Verification of the exact cause and type of flat feet that each individual has, should only be handled by a professional podiatrist. Often times, the actual treatment method will include some form of arch support or light gymnastic style exercise. In rare cases, something more involved may be necessary, but only your skilled podiatrist would be able to accurately make that determination.

If you suffer from flat feet, plantar fasciitis, or any other form of problematic foot condition, we encourage you to contact our Philadelphia foot clinic today and potentially rid yourself of that problem in virtually no time at all!

Just Like Us: Athletes With Foot Problems

Athletes-FootProfessional athletes are not just the spokespeople for the various foot care products we see on television commercials. Since many pros have a rigorous schedule of practicing and playing a sport, their feet are especially prone to the same foot & ankle problems that we might also experience. Here are just a few athletes with foot problems:

Richard Sherman

In the most recent SuperBowl game, this Seattle Seahawks cornerback was taken out of the game in the fourth quarter due to an ankle injury after tackling someone from the opposing team. Writhing in pain on the field from the high sprain, he was forced to support himself on crutches on the field when the Seahawks celebrated their win later on in the night.

Paula Radcliffe

Runners are especially tough on their feet as they pound the ground for prolonged periods of time, so it is no wonder that this women’s world marathon record holder is on our list. In fact, Paula Radcliffe had to pull out of the London Olympics in 2012 at the last minute due to a complex surgery that was performed to try to regrow missing cartilage in her foot.

The Nets, Giants, and Devils

According to Dr. John McNerney, the podiatrist for these three teams, an extremely high percentage of basketball, football, and hockey players deals with toenail fungus infection. This is a common injury for athletes due to a combination of brutal physical activity and sweat.

Michael Phelps

Sometimes athletes have foot problems that occur outside of the sport they make headlines with. For this Olympic swimming legend, walking miles on a golf course was what put him in a cast for a stress fracture.

Again, foot & ankle problems are universal. Just because you may not be a professional athlete does not mean you cannot receive professional foot care from your Philadelphia podiatrist! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Plantar Warts: Myths, Truths & Removal Options

Plantar-Wart-300x195It is well known lore in America that touching frogs causes warts. Now since most of us have handled a frog or two in our childhood, we can be pretty certain that isn’t the case. Frogs are one common myth, but there are countless others that surround the wart.

For instance, in the Philippines handling a plain colored chicken is a sure way to pick up a wart. Chickens are plentiful in the Philippines, however having one that is plain apparently is not. Rats are the cause in Asia. Touching rats is a definite road to finding yourself with a wart.

As many ways as there are to “catch” a wart, there are just as many, if not more, ideas on how to cure them. From strands of human hair tied around a wart, to tapping a wart when you hear a lightening strike, to even having a wart whisperer whisper to it, generations of people have practiced various methods of wart removal.

The plain truth is, warts are just no fun. They are unsightly, often painful, and not so easy to get rid of. The human papillomavirus is to blame, and although warts can be found on different areas of the body, the plantar wart shows up on the bottom of the foot.

The virus enters through small open areas of the foot, and likes warm moist areas, so places like wet locker room floors are ideal places to pick it up. However, not everyone is susceptible to contracting them due to differences in immune systems. Warts are not highly contagious. These factors may explain why not everyone in the same household may have a plantar wart when one person is affected.

Plantar warts can present themselves as small fleshy grainy growths coming outwards from the skin, or if they are on a pressure point, they may show as buried under a layer of hard callus with a defined spot in the middle. Although the dark spots are often called “seeds”, they are actually small clotted blood vessels. Often times a person will feel pain in the area of a wart when standing or walking.

The worst thing about a plantar wart is it doesn’t go away quickly on its own. A wart can typically last for a few years before it disappears, and often it will spread to different areas of the foot. Many people attempt to treat warts at home with various home remedies, but most haven’t been proven scientifically, and it takes a long time to cure a wart this way if it works at all.

If you have tried treating warts at home with no success, its time to visit a Philadelphia podiatrist. There are different treatment options we may recommend. Freezing, surgery and laser treatments are often used to treat plantar warts. A topical substance called cantharidin (secreted from the blister beetle) is also an option. A strong form of salicylic acid topical used over a period of weeks, or special injections to stimulate the immune system are other forms of wart treatment.

If you are troubled by plantar warts contact our Philadelphia foot clinic today.

Hammertoe Causes & Treatment Options

hammertoe-300x220There are many foot problems that people are afflicted with but one very painful condition is hammertoes. A hammertoe occurs when the middle of the toe points upward strangely. Hammertoes usually in the second toe will develop a callus on the top of the first joint of the toe which is painful.

Causes of Hammertoes

Hammertoes can be a heredity trait passed down to you from your parents. The second toe can be abnormally long with the tip constantly being pressed into a bent position. Sometimes a tight tendon does not allow the toe to lay flat and a hammertoe will develop. A bunion on the big toe can press the second toe into a bent position. Muscle weakness or arthritis may make the toes to constrict into a hammer position. Shoes that do not fit properly can lead to hammertoes plus other foot problems. Shoes can cause the toe to bend at the joint and put weight on the tip. In time the tendon constricts and the toe tightens into this unusual position. These are some of the causes of hammertoes that when left untreated become very painful.

A Philadelphia podiatrist can sometimes prevent hammertoes from becoming inflexible, deformed and painful. When the tendon is still pliable using lamb’s wool padding or special splints to hold the toe in its normal, aligned position will help the hammertoe. Wearing wider shoes will keep the toes from crowding again.

When a hammertoe is left untreated the cartilage between the joints wears out and the toe loses its pliability and function. Hammertoes can cause an unusual manner of walking which can cause back, hip and knee problems. If you notice a toe looking abnormal and the joint is bent it is time to seek help from a foot doctor.

If a hammertoe is very painful and your shoes no longer fit, surgery may be the only option. At the deformed joint, 1/16th to 1/18th inch of bone is extracted which allows the linked toe bones to lay flat.

In the past it took 60 days of healing from hammertoe surgery, but today many Philadelphia podiatric surgeons are trained to perform minimal incision surgery. This surgery can be done in the doctor’s office, and the likelihood of infection is lowered and pain can be managed with aspirin.

With minimal incision hammertoe surgery you can walk right away and return to work in a few days providing your work allows sitting most of the time. If you wear roomy, practical shoes hammertoes rarely return.

So if you notice your toes looking abnormal and they are painful it’s time to visit a podiatrist. Hammertoes left untreated eventually make it very painful to walk or stand on your feet. With proper treatment it is possible to correct a hammertoe and relieve the discomfort caused by the bent joint.

If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Philadelphia, PA area visit our website for information about our doctors and the services we provide.

Podiatric Care in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Looking for a Philadelphia, PA podiatrist?

Well look no further….welcome to Dr. Lawrence Kassan, DPM. We have been providing podiatric care in Philadelphia, PA for over 20 years!

Dr. Lawrence Kassan is a Philadelphia podiatrist dedicated to providing his patients with the highest quality of care available to ensure optimal health. For more information about Dr. Kassan and the practice you can browse through our website – www.PhiladelphiaFeet.com, or contact one of our Philadelphia, PA Podiatry Clinics.