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February 2022

Tuesday, 22 February 2022 00:00

Replacing Your Walking Shoes After 500 Miles

Did you know that you can only walk in a pair of shoes for approximately 500 miles before the cushioning, tread, and insole get worn out? Wearing shoes for longer than that can be bad for your feet and may even lead to an injury like plantar fasciitis or even an ankle sprain. Here are a few pointers for getting your next pair of walking shoes. Be sure to get your feet measured properly so you can ensure the right fit. Pro tip: you’ll generally want to go up a size from your regular shoes to accommodate for feet that can swell from at least a half hour of walking. Lacing your walking shoes using a “runner's loop” will allow your toes to expand while keeping your heel in place at the heel cup. Make sure your socks fit properly too—and aren’t too big or too tight—and are made of a synthetic, moisture wicking material that draws sweat away from your feet. If you like to alternate your walking shoes to allow them time to dry out between use, try to use the same brand and style so you don’t confuse your muscles. For expert advice on walking shoes to support and cushion your particular feet (while addressing any gait issues you may have), consult with a podiatrist.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Dr. Arnold Tarpley, Jr. from Tarpley Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Tarpley can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

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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Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:00

When an Ankle Sprain Can Also Be a Fracture

If your ankle suddenly rolls inward, causing great pain and swelling, you may have more than a sprain. If the outer ligament is torn during an injury, it sometimes lops off a small piece of bone at the end of the fibula (the outer leg bone). Though this injury is known as a fibular avulsion fracture, it is often thought of as a moderate-to-severe ankle sprain and will not likely need surgery. Rest, ice, elevation and anti-inflammatory medication can help ease the pain. The ability to bear weight is extremely limited, and a boot or brace may also be needed to immobilize the foot. The injury is most common in older women because of osteoporosis that weakens the bones and young men whose ligaments may be much stronger than their bones. If you experience such an injury, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible for X-rays, diagnosis and treatment options.

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with Dr. Arnold Tarpley, Jr. from Tarpley Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Tarpley will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, 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, 14 February 2022 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 08 February 2022 00:00

Complications With Diabetes and the Feet

Diabetes is a systemic condition that can affect many parts of your body – including the feet. Due to the chronically raised blood sugar levels associated with diabetes, the nerves and blood vessels that supply the lower limbs can become damaged. This can cause neuropathy and poor circulation, both of which can lead to strange sensations, such as burning and tingling or numbness in the feet, a loss of sensation, and the formation of poorly healing foot wounds. The skin and nails on the feet may also change. Skin can become dry and cracked, and start to peel, and calluses may form more quickly, as well. Because diabetes can also cause immune insufficiency, foot and nail infections are more likely to occur. If you have diabetes, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist regularly to monitor and preserve the health 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. Arnold Tarpley, Jr. from Tarpley Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Tarpley 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 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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Tuesday, 01 February 2022 00:00

Ankle Sprain Basics

An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments in the ankle. This typically occurs when the ankle is twisted awkwardly or the foot rolls onto its side. Ankle sprains frequently affect athletes, but can happen to anybody. The symptoms of an ankle sprain include pain, soreness, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the injured ankle. Treatment for your ankle sprain will depend on the type of sprain and on how severe it is. Resting the injured ankle is strongly suggested regardless of how severe the injury is. By keeping weight off of the ankle you are giving it time to heal. Full recovery is important to avoid recurrent sprains, chronic ankle instability, and pain. If you suspect that you’ve sprained your ankle, please seek the care of a podiatrist.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Arnold Tarpley, Jr. from Tarpley Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Tarpley can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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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