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Lawrence C. Kalker M.S., D.P.M., P.C.

6 South Sycamore Street, Newtown, PA  18940

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Kalker Podiatry

215-968-4048

Blog Archive 2
 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

 

PPT Metatarsal Pads for Calluses

PPT metatarsal pads are very comfortable, flexible, and durable and protects tender and painful calluses, bony prominences, and tender skin on the balls of the feet. These pads also reduce friction and skin irritations.

What makes these types of pads so effective is the PPT material. This material mimics the soft tissues of the foot, and is considered to be the best material available for cushing, supporting, shock absorption, and friction reduction of the foot. These pads are resilient, long lasting, and very comfortable. These pads are adhesive backed and are easily applied to the innersole of all styles of footwear or orthotics. Looking for other solutions to bothersome calluses? Please call Kalker Podiatry today at 215-968-4048 for an appointment. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

Friday, June 28, 2013

 

Hammertoe Splints

Hammertoe splints are constructed of comfortable, but sturdy material which gently extend the hammertoe, allowing it to lie straight and therefore the pain is alleviated in the top and tip of the toe. The splint will help prevent the toe from becoming worse, allows it to bear weight normally, and prevents bulges in footwear that hammertoes can cause. The well padded bottom part of the splint will cushion the ball of the foot, giving the wearer extra comfort. Hammertoe splints will easily fit in any style footwear. Make an appointment today with Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 to discuss your hammertoe issues. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin that causes scaling, flaking and itching of the affected areas. It often begins between the fourth and fifth toe. If left untreated, the skin may become highly sensitive to the touch. If Athlete's foot progresses without treatment, the condition can result in white, peeling skin and a milky discharge. Athlete's foot, which can be highly contagious, is typically contracted in damp places such as public pools, locker rooms and showers.

It is important to treat Athlete’s foot at the first sign of infection as the body can become vulnerable to other bacterial infections. The infection can also be transmitted to other parts of the body through bedding and clothes. Patients with serious cases of athlete’s foot may develop a rash that covers the sole of the foot. Known as “moccasin foot,” this manifestation of Athlete’s foot creates extremely scaly, thick and rough skin on the bottom of the foot.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of Athlete’s foot, contact Kalker Podiatry today at 215-968-4048 for effective treatment options. Early treatment will lessen the risk of exposure to others and alleviate the painful symptoms associated with this condition. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

 

Foot Blister Prevention Tips

Foot blisters are one of the common injuries to athletes. They are fluid-filled bumps that develops on the foot when the shoe or sock is rubbing against the skin and creates the irritation. Besides being painful, blisters can change how an athlete runs, which can possibly cause additional injuries.

Here are some helpful tips to help prevent foot blisters:

  • Shoes should fit correctly. Wear the same socks, insoles and orthotics for the best fit.  Afternoons and evenings are the best times for trying on new footwear since feet tend to swell during the day.
  • Remember to break in your new shoes.  Wear shoes around the house for 1-2 hours to identify and discomfort areas.
  • Synthetic blends socks are the best to wear. Change socks that become damp.
  • Apply lubricants before putting on socks to areas that tend to blister.
  • Minimize moisture by using drying agents such as drying foot powders.

 

By following these simple tips hopefully you can prevent foot blisters.

To discuss any foot issues you may have, please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

  

Monday, June 24, 2013

 

What is a Night Splint and when does a patient need one?

A night splint is a brace that is worn at night when you go to sleep and it attaches to the foot as well as the ankle and lower leg. While you are sleeping, this device will stretch the plantar fascia ligament. It should be used when a patient suffers from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs , Achilles tendonitis, or drop foot. This kind of device is adjustable and comfortable for the foot. A night splint can provide nighttime and morning pain relief when worn properly and on a consistent basis. A night splint can be obtained from many local pharmacies but should be prescribed by your podiatrist.

To discuss any foot issues you may have, please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

Friday, June 21, 2013

 

Selecting Proper Running Shoes

One of the first things a runner should do is select proper, supportive running shoes. Not wearing proper footwear while running can possibly lead to a variety of foot problems and cause injury.

Feet are typically categorized into three types: low/flat arch, normal arch and high arch. For those with low arches, you should choose a supportive shoe that will give you stability and motion control. For feet with normal arches, you should look for shoes with equal amounts of stability and cushioning to help absorb shock. For runners with a high arch, choose a cushioned running shoe with a soft midsole so there is more flexibility. This will help with the poor absorption high arched runners may have.

If you need assistance on selecting proper running shoes, please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to discuss your needs. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Heel Guards

A heel guard will comfortably protect the back of your heel as well as the lower portion of the Achilles tendon from pressure and friction. It typically has a gel cushion and it is designed to absorb friction and pressure. If you have concerns about your Achilles tendon, please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to discuss your condition. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

 

Interesting Foot Facts

  • 25% of all bones in the human body are in the feet. If these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest of the body.
  • A person's feet can be two different sizes. Buy shoes based on the larger one.
  • The first shoes were invented 5 million years ago and were made from animal skin.
  • The skin on your feet is thicker than anywhere else on your body.

Please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to discuss your foot issues and concerns.

 

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

 

Custom Orthotics

Custom orthotics are specially made devices designed for a specific person. Prescription orthotics are crafted for the comfort of your feet. They are made for the contours of your feet and the way you move. The orthotics are made for your unique foot structure.

Orthotics are used to treat such foot problems such as bursitis, diabetic foot ulcers, plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and foot, ankle and heel pain.

There are two categories of orthotics: functional and accommodative. Functional orthotics help to control abnormal motion. They can used to treat injuries such as shin splints or tendinitis. Accommodative orthotics provide additional comfort and support. They can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers and painful calluses on the bottom of the foot.

If you are feel you my benefit from custom orthotics, please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to discuss your foot issues. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

Monday, June 17, 2013

 

Dyshidrosis

Dyshidrosis, which is also known as dyshidrotic eczema or pompholyx is a skin condition in which small, fluid blisters occur on the soles of the feet. Once the blisters dry, cracks and grooves form which can be painful. You may also suffer from severe itching. If you are suffering from dyshidrosis please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to ensure your infection is treated properly. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Foot Infections

Though dealing with infections can be a normal part of life, dealing with foot infections can present another set of problems. Since feet are consistently in contact with dirt and other materials that can worsen an infection, you need to be proactive in dealing with this kind of condition.

It is important to deal with foot infections quickly due to the amount of use feet get on a daily basis. Though it can be easier to rest other body parts during the healing process, it is more difficult to discontinue using your feet for a long period of time.

There are many different treatment options available for foot infections. The course of treatment will depend on the location, type and the severity of the infection. If you are suffering from a foot infection please call Kalker Podiatry in Newtown at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to ensure your infection is treated properly and doesn't spread. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

 

Antifungal Remedies

 

Antifungal creams and powders can help fight fungal infections, such as athlete's foot, while giving nutrients to the skin. These remedies will not only treat fungal infections but soothe your skin and help relieve itching, burning and irritation. If you are suffering from any type of foot issue, please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to ensure your foot condition is treated properly. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

 

Interesting Foot Facts

  • The foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles.
  • Walking is the best exercise for the feet.
  • The average person walks 10,000 steps per day.  That is equal to 115,000 miles during a lifetime, enough to circle the globe four times.
  • There are 250,000 sweat glands in the feet. Sweat glands in the feet excrete up to 1/2 a pint of moisture a day.

 

Please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to discuss your foot issues and concerns.

 

 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Heel Pads

If you suffer from heel pain, heel pads may be helpful. Heel pads will be comfortable and durable and they will provide shock absorption to the heel, making each step less painful. These pads help treat heal spurs, plantar fasciitis, short leg syndrome, and Achilles tendon.

Heel pads will also protect tender and painful calluses, bony prominences and tender skin as well as reduce friction and skin irritations.

If you are having heel pain or any other podiatry issues, please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

Friday, June 7, 2013

 

Diabetic Foot Ulcer

A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound typically found on the bottom of the foot. This condition occurs in approximately 15% of patients with diabetes.

Ulcers develop due to a combinations of factors such as a lack of feeling in the foot, poor circulation, foot deformities, irritation, trauma and duration of diabetes.

Symptoms may include drainage in the socks, redness, swelling and odor.  Pain is not a common symptom since many diabetics who develop foot ulcers have lost the ability to feel pain due to nerve damage caused by elevated blood glucose levels over a period of time.

Once you have developed an ulcer, you should seek medical attention immediately to help prevent infection. Please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for appointment so your foot condition can be evaluated and treated. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

 

Heel Pain/Plantar Fasciitis

Heel Pain is very common and can have various causes such as stress fractures, arthritis, nerve irritation, cysts, tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tissue that connects the heel to the toes becomes inflamed. The inflammation causes pain in the heel and will worsen over time.

A person may be prone to developing this condition if they have flat feet, very high arches, or poor alignment of the feet. You are also more likely to develop plantar fasciitis if you are overweight or if you spend a great deal of time on your feet wearing shoes that offer little or no support.

There are various treatment options for this condition.  If you are suffering from heel pain, please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to discuss treatment for your condition. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

 

Pumice Sponge

Using a pumice sponge for your feet is the hygienic way to soften and exfoliate skin. This kind of sponge can smooth away hard skin on feet, heels and toes. The warmer the water, the gentler the sponge so it can be used on delicate areas.

A pumice sponge can safely remove dry, thick and callused skin without using sharp blades or chemicals.  This product can leave your feet and hands smooth and help remove dry cracked skin safely and comfortably.

Please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 to make an appointment to discuss any of your podiatry needs.Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergic Contact Dermatitis is an allergic condition occurring when your skin is contacted by an allergen that you are sensitive to. When this happens an allergic reaction occurs, which may be in the form of a rash, dry or scaly skin.

Common causes of allergic contact dermatitis to the foot are poison ivy, oak or sumac as well as certain dyes and chemicals that may be found in footwear. In treating allergies of any kind, the allergen needs to be identified. If you are experiencing new symptoms, take the time to evaluate new substances or plants you have come in contact with.

If you are experiencing allergic contact dermatitis, please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to discuss you symptoms and treatments available. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

Friday, May 31, 2013

 

Flatfoot (Fallen Arches)

It is very unusual to find a person who walks with both feet in perfect alignment. Often we walk on the inside or outside of our feet, or with our toes or heels rotated inward. These kind of walking patterns can cause not only problems with your feet but also your entire body.   The alignment of your feet sets the foundation for the entire body's alignment. One of the most common effects of improper alignment is called flatfoot or fallen arches.

This condition is characterized by a lack of an arch in the inner foot. This can be a genetic condition or the results of improper body mechanics. A healthy foot will be structurally able to support  the weight of the body but a flat foot is often unable to give the body the same support. Flatfoot can cause extreme pressure in the ankles, knees and hips.

If you are suffering from flatfoot, please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 to discuss your condition and possible treatment plans. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

 

Onychomycosis

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of either the toenails or fingernails.  This ailment causes the nails to thicken, discolor, disfigure and split. When first looking at onychomycosis, you may think it is just a cosmetic issue. But without treatment, the toenails can become abnormally thick forcing the toe to press against the shoes, which can cause pressure, irritation and pain. If this disease progresses without treatment, onychomycosis may interfere with standing, walking and exercising.

Risks factors for developing onychomycosis include family history, advancing age, poor health, trauma, showering in communal showers and wearing shoes that don't allow proper airflow on a regular basis.

Treatment options vary, depending on the individual and the severity of the ailment.  Please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 to discuss your condition. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

 

Morton's Neuroma

A neuroma is a thickening of the nerve tissue that may develop in various parts of the body creating nerve damage. Morton's Neuroma is the most common neuroma in the foot. It occurs at the base of the third and fourth toes.

Symptoms for this ailment include tingling, burning, numbness, pain, and a feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot.

The symptoms tend to begin gradually and occur occasionally at first. This can happen when you wear narrow-toed shoes or perform certain activities. Overtime, the symptoms tend to get worse and may persist for several days or weeks at a time. The symptoms may become more intense as the neuroma grows in size and the nerve damage becomes more permanent.

If you are concerned that you may suffer from Morton's Neuroma, please call Dr. Lawrence Kalker at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to discuss possible treatment options. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

Friday, May 24, 2013

 

Posterior Tibial Dysfunction

Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) is the inflammation or overstretching of the posterior tibial tendon in the foot. The function of the posterior tibial tendon is to support the arch of the foot. This tendon serves as a supporting structure to assist the foot while walking but if PTTD is present the result is sometimes "adult-acquired flatfoot."

Symptoms for PTTD include pain, swelling, flattening of the arch and an inward roll of the ankle. When PTTD first develops, it starts with pain on the inside of the foot and ankle.

If you are suffering from PTTD, please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 to discuss your treatment options. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

 

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis. It typically occurs in the weight-bearing joints of the hips, knees, and spine. It can also be found in the fingers, thumb, neck and large toe.

This ailment tends to affect more women than men. Many people who are 60 years or older have some degree of osteoarthritis though it can be diagnosed in people in their 20s and 30s.

Symptoms tend to develop gradually and include joint aching and soreness and pain after overuse or after long periods of inactivity. Bony enlargements in the middle and end joints of fingers, which can be painful and joint swelling and fluid accumulation are also symptoms of osteoarthritis.

A person's chances of developing osteoarthritis are based on several factors including heredity, obesity, injury and joint overuse.

If you care concerned that you may have osteoarthritis, please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to discuss your symptoms. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

 

What is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful foot condition in which the tibial nerve is compressed as it travels through the tarsal tunnel. This tunnel is in the inner leg behind the medial malleolous, the bump on the inside of the ankle.

Symptoms of this condition include pain and tingling in and around the ankles, swelling feet, electric shock sensations, and pain radiating up the leg and down into the arch, heel and toes. Other symptoms include hot and cold sensations in the feet, a burning sensation on the bottom of the foot that radiates upward and a feeling that the foot does not have enough padding.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome tends to be more common in athletes and those who stand a great deal since these individuals commonly put an excessive amount of stress on the tarsal tunnel area.

If you think you suffer from this ailment, please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to assess your condition. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia is when you experience pain or inflammation in the ball of your foot. Symptoms you may experience from this condition include a sharp pain or dull ache behind the toes on the ball of the foot and pain that worsens while you are walking, running, or jumping and improves with rest. Numbness or pain in the toes or pain in the feet that worsens when barefoot are also symptoms of metatarsalgia.

Typically there are several factors that cause this condition which include hammertoes, bunions, tight shoes, excess weight, stress fractures, and Morton's Neuroma. Improper foot alignment, improper walking mechanics, unusual foot shape, and intense training are also factors that cause this ailment.

If you think you may have this metatarsalgia, please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to discuss your treatment options. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

 

Friday, May 17, 2013

 

Running Injuries

If you are an avid runner, there are a variety of injuries that can occur during training. They range from mildly annoying to something that can require physical therapy or surgery. It is important to take proper care of your body by stretching properly before a run, wearing appropriate footwear and listening to your body telling you to rest.

Common running injuries include a pulled hamstring, hip stress fractures, shin splints, achilles tendonitis, plantar faciitis, and arch pain.

If you are concerned that you have a running injury, please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to discuss you injury and various treatment plans available.Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional

 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

 

Hallux Rigidus 

Hallux Rigidus is a condition affecting the joint at the base of the big toe. You will notice pain and stiffness in the big toe if you suffer from this ailment. Symptoms may worsen while walking, running or performing other exercises or when the weather is cold or damp. You may also notice swelling and inflammation around the joint. If the condition worsens, the big toe joint may be painful at rest and bones spurs could develop.

Hallux Rigidus, a form of degenerative arthritis, can wear out the cartilage in the joint that it affects. It can be caused by improper alignment of the feet and genetic abnormalities to the foot structure.

Possible treatments available for this condition include shoe modification, anti-inflammatory medication, orthotics, physical therapy and surgery.

Please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to discuss your issues with Hallux Rigidus. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tendonitis 

Tendonitis is overuse and inflammation of the tendon. This term is often connected to athletes and runners. The tendon is the area of your body that is connected to the muscle which causes your body to move.

This condition occurs when the tendon is irritated from being moved outside of its regular motion. It can become inflamed and the movement becomes painful.

There are several reasons for tendonitis which include overuse of the area, an increased level of exercise, your age, and anatomical alignment.

If you feel you might be suffering from tendonitis, please call Kalker Podiatry at 215-968-4048 for an appointment to talk about your condition and find an appropriate treatment plan. Disclaimer: This is not meant as advice for your particular foot problem which must be diagnosed by a medical professional.

 

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Newtown Podiatrist Kalker Podiatry is a poidiatry office providing Blog Archive 2, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Newtown, PA. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 18940 area and surrounding areas in Newtown