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Purple, bulging, painful veins in feet or ankles may be Varicose veins

28 Feb

Pregnant young women get them. So do aging women and men.

Varicose veins, which  lie just under the surface of the skin and appear swollen, twisted, and enlarged, may or may not represent a threat to your health. In some, they’re simply an aesthetic issue. In others, they can lead to serious conditions, like leg swelling, pain, changes in the skin, blood clots, and deep vein thrombosis. This is especially true as we age.

varicose veins feet ankles lower legsVaricose veins may appear anywhere in the legs, feet or ankles. They form when the valves in the veins which keep blood moving toward the heart weaken or fail to work properly. Blood backs up in the vein, and it swells from the pressure. Spider veins? They’re mini versions of varicose veins.

They’re also very common in pregnant women. During pregnancy, veins become more relaxed, and more blood travels through them. When the additional baby weight is gained, the pressure on the veins below the leg may cause problems with the valves, which in turn cause varicose veins to form.

In the aging population, varicose veins are more common. They may pose no health risk, but they also may indicate the presence of blood clots or a blockage deep in the veins. They may also be caused by a blockage or injury in the veins which connect the small veins near the surface of the skin to the veins deep within the muscle.

Varicose veins typically become worse over time, due to the malfunctioning vessel or valve. If the at-home treatments listed below don’t work for you, please make an appointment with your podiatrist for an evaluation.

Symptoms of varicose veins

  • Veins appear dark, blue, red, swollen, or twisted
  • A heavy feeling in the legs
  • Areas around the veins are itchy
  • Swelling, cramping, or pain in the feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • Changes in skin color
  • Dry, irritated, scaly skin
  • Skin sores which are difficult to heal
  • Thickening and hardening of the skin in the legs and ankles

 

varicose veins ankle foot leg

Varicose veins can become very painful and cause sores to develop. They can also indicate a more serious underlying problem.

Who is most likely to develop varicose veins?

  • Women over 50, and some men
  • Those born with defective valves in their veins
  • Those who are obese or overweight
  • Pregnant women
  • Smokers
  • Those with a history of blood clots in their legs
  • Those with a family history of varicose veins

At-home treatment for varicose veins

  • Compression stockings gently squeeze your legs and keep blood flowing towards your heart. They also decrease swelling.
  • When sitting or standing for long periods, move your legs a little to keep blood flowing.
  • When resting, raise your legs above your heart for 15 minutes at a time.
  • If overweight, develop a weight management plan with your physician.
  • Low impact exercise like swimming or walking is helpful for managing your weight and keeping blood flowing.
  • Dry or cracked skin can be relieved with moisturizers. However, check with your physician to be sure it’s appropriate for your condition.

If at-home treatments fail to relieve your discomfort, your physician may recommend:

  • If the veins are small, such as spider veins, laser therapy may be effective.
  • Sclerotherapy, in which a solution is injected into the vein which makes it disappear.
  • Radiofrequency Ablation, which uses heat to close off and destroy the vein. The vein slowly disappears.
  • Surgical vein stripping. Small cuts are made in the leg near the damaged vein, which is then removed.
  • Surgical valve repair
  • Surgical bypass to reroute blood flow around the damaged vein.
  • Angioplasty or stent to open the vein, if it has narrowed.

Are you embarrassed by toenail fungus?

10 May toenail fungus infection

Toenail fungus affects almost half of Americans by the time they reach seventy. If you don’t have toenail fungus, the person sitting next to you probably does or will have it soon.

toenail fungus infection

Why have these?

pretty toenails

When you can have these?

I Googled “toenail fungus” today, just to see what popped up. I was shocked by what I found – tons of web pages devoted to home remedies for fighting toenail fungus. Some of the suggested remedies were:

  • Distilled vinegar
  • Vicks Vaporub
  • Oil Of Oregano
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Pau d’orco and Goldenseal
  • Colloidal Silver
  • Clorox (yes, chlorine bleach)
  • Urine (yes, you read that right)
  • Lysol
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Wow! Many of the “solutions” are downright dangerous and can cause any number of nasty side effects. Most of the remedies took about one year to work, which is one heck of a long time to deal with your ugly toenails – 365 days, at least one treatment per day.

Now I will agree that oral medications to treat toenail fungus have some bad side effects in some patients. There are also creams and other topical medications, but they have their downside too.

That’s why East Penn Foot And Ankle Associates became the exclusive provider of the Pinpointe Footlaser in the Lehigh Valley area. Pinpointe Footlaser is an FDA approved device that will kill your toenail fungus and stimulate new nail growth WITH ONLY ONE TREATMENT in almost 90% of patients. That’s an incredible success ratio.

We perform the nail treatment in just one session, on an outpatient basis, with no anasthesia. We only zap the infected area and there is no pain or effect on the tissue surrounding the toenail. There are also no creams to use, topical ointments, or oral medications.

Just think: You walk in, and thirty minutes later your toenail fungus is on its way out. You can even use nail polish the next day. There’s a great video from ABC news on the Pinpointe Footlaser here.

Say “Hello” to walking barefoot again! If you’re suffering with ugly toenails, you don’t need to hide them any longer.  Schedule your FREE consultation with East Penn Foot and Ankle today.

What Causes Flat Feet?

19 Oct

When you stand up, do your feet completely touch the ground? If you answered yes, then you are missing arches on the inside of your feet, a condition called flat feet. Flat feet are a common condition that occurs when the tissues holding the joints in the foot together are loose.

A person usually develops flat feet during childhood. Children have flat feet because the foot’s arch hasn’t developed yet. As children grow the tissues in their feet tighten and form an arch, usually by the age of two or three years old. By adulthood arches have formed, but in some people the arch may never form completely or may need help in order to correct the condition. Injuries can also be a cause of flat feet as well as the aging process.

Do flat feet cause pain? Not always – having flat feet is typically painless. But it’s not completely uncommon that people with flat feet experience foot pain in the heel or arch area, difficulty standing on tiptoe, or have swelling along the inside of the ankle. Standing for long periods of time, along with achy or tired feet after playing sports may also cause pain. Some back problems can also be attributed to flat feet.

Flat feet can be diagnosed after having a physical exam of your feet, but to help determine the cause, a doctor may ask for x-rays. Treatment for flat feet depends upon the pain and trouble your feet are causing for your everyday activities. If you are not experiencing any pain that’s great, but if you are there are a couple different options. Purchase shoe inserts, although not a cure, shoe inserts can help reduce the symptoms of flat feet and in severe cases, custom orthotics will be needed. Stretching is also an option that can help reduce pain.
Sometimes flat feet can cause problems in your ankles and knees so it’s important to check with your podiatrist about your condition if you are experiencing any pain. Feel free to call our office and we can arrange a date for you to meet with the doctor. (610) 432-9593

www.eastpennfoot.com

Help us by voting for Dr. Adam Teichman

11 Aug

Help us by voting for Dr. Adam Teichman as best Podiatrist in the Lehigh Valley.
Go to http://www.mcallcommunity.com/contests .
1.Create an account so you can vote.
2.Go to “Wellness & Personal style” section.
3.Go to “Podiatridst” section.
4.Write in “East Penn Foot and Ankle Associates” to vote for us as the best Podiatrist.
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