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February 2020

Monday, 17 February 2020 00:00

Treating a Bunion May Require Surgery

Bunions can be identified as a bony protrusion on the side of the big toe. This condition may develop for a number of reasons. Common causes may include wearing narrow or ill-fitting footwear, having an existing foot condition such as flat feet or low arches, the occurrence of a foot injury, inflammatory arthritis, or even genetic factors. Neuromuscular conditions, such as cerebral palsy may also influence the formation of a bunion. Symptoms that are often associated with a bunion can include redness, soreness, or a burning sensation linked to the affected area. It can also be common for hammertoes to form, as well as calluses, when bunions are present. To relieve the pain that is associated with bunions, it is suggested to wear shoe inserts to lessen the friction, as well as investing in proper footwear that leaves your toes adequate room to move freely in. For some cases, the symptoms of bunions may be severe, in which case, surgery can be the recommended option for treatment. In order to best determine how to care for your bunion, consult with a podiatrist as soon as possible for professional care.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dr. Arnold Tarpley, Jr. of Tarpley Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Tarpley can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.


  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development


  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Monday, 10 February 2020 00:00

What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton’s Neuroma is a common foot problem that takes place when the nerve that carries sensation to the webspace between the toes is trapped. Once swelling begins, the nearby bones and ligaments put pressure on the nerve, causing inflammation and irritation. This ailment typically occurs between the third and fourth toes but can also occur between the second and third toes. When left untreated, the already thickened nerve can enlarge even further, symptoms will persist longer and become more intense, and may cause permanent damage. The most common symptom is pain in the ball of the foot extending to the affected toes. Some patients say this condition may make it feel like they’re walking with a marble or stone inside their shoes, while others experience tingling and burning sensations in their toes. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Arnold Tarpley, Jr. of Tarpley Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Tarpley will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Monday, 03 February 2020 00:00

What Is the Purpose of PRP Injections?

The premise of PRP injections is to heal damaged cells in the body by using a concentrated mixture of the patient’s blood. It may help to heal injuries that develop slowly, which can include tendinitis. The procedure is performed by extracting a portion of blood, followed by spinning it in a centrifuge which removes the platelets. The next step is to have it injected into the damaged area, which may help to accelerate the healing process. There are several foot conditions that may benefit from the use of PRP injections. If you would like to know more about this type of treatment and the conditions it helps, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist for professional advice and guidance.

If you are suffering from a foot condition, contact Dr. Arnold Tarpley, Jr. of Tarpley Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Tarpley will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood taken from a patient and spun in a centrifuge, concentrating the amount of platelets. The plasma is then re-injected into the site of injury or damage, assisting the body in repairing damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue. PRP helps the body speed up its healing process.

Uses of PRP

Injuries affecting the foot sometimes don’t heal properly because of poor blood circulation. The healing time slows down, and recovery time is affected by poor blood supply. PRP injections will speed up recovery and resolve this issue.


PRP is the first regenerative treatment for damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. No surgery needed. It is only applied with an insertion of a needle.

Ultrasound – An ultrasound is needed for proper placement of the platelets.

Injection – When the first injection is received, the patient will return to the doctor in about 2 to 3 weeks and monitor the recovery process.

Recovery time – Some people respond to treatments differently. Therefore, depending on your condition, the doctor will make any remaining decisions on how many more injections are needed, or if any additional ones are even required.


One may be able to avoid major surgery, and recovery time will be cut down. PRP injections also avoid creating scar tissue and damage to the area. Risks are also very low using PRP as a treatment. There is no risk of rejection, contracting a disease from using another person’s blood, or infection.

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

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