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By Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care, LLC
February 05, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain  

It's impossible to ignore foot pain. It makes every step difficult and can even prevent you from sleeping well at night. Fortunately, your Irwin and Greensburg, PA, foot surgeons, Drs. Cherrie and Todd Cindric offer effective treatments for your pain.

Common causes of foot pain

Your feet are particularly vulnerable to injury. Stray Legos, your choice of footwear, and even working out too intensely can lead to painful conditions that take a while to heal. Although your foot will probably feel better in a week or two if you stepped on a Lego, you may need a little help from your Irwin or Greensburg podiatrist if you have these conditions:

  • Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation in the plantar fascia may be to blame for chronic heel pain. The tough band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your heels to your toes. The condition can occur if you spend long hours on your feet or suddenly start an intense workout routine. If you have plantar fasciitis, you may notice that your pain is worse first thing in the morning or when you stand or walk after sitting for long periods. Night splints, prescription orthotics, pain medication, and physical therapy can be helpful. In severe or persistent cases, surgery may be needed to relieve tension in the fascia.
  • Ingrown Toenails: It doesn't take long for the edge of a toenail to grow into your skin. Ingrown toenails aren't just painful but can become infected in some cases. Although you may be able to free a trapped nail at home if you notice the problem immediately, a minor surgical procedure may be needed to remove a trapped nail that won't budge. (Don't attempt to free your nail yourself if you have diabetes).
  • Bunions: Bony bumps at the base of the big toe are often seen in people who regularly wear high heels or tight shoes. Bunions can be quite painful and may be responsible for leg or back pain if you change the way you walk due to the presence of the bump. Orthotics and taping may slow the progression of your bunions, but surgery is the only way to end your pain and remove the bunions. Surgery is usually recommended if your bunions are large or interfere with your life.

Are you tired of living with foot pain? Schedule an appointment with foot surgeons Drs. Cherrie and Todd Cindric by calling (724) 863-0996 for the Irwin, PA, office, or (724) 832-1000 for the Greensburg office.

By Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care, LLC
December 10, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot surgery  

Surgery. It's a word we don't want to hear; sometimes, however, it's necessary. Your board-certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Cherrie Cindric and Dr. Todd Cindric of Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care, diagnose and treat a wide variety of podiatric issues and perform in-office foot surgeries as needed. At our Irwin and Greensburg, PA, offices, count on expert diagnosis and treatment as well as surgical Foot Doctorevaluations and procedures that are second to none.

Reasons for foot and ankle surgeries

Your Irwin foot and ankle surgeons look at each patient as an individual. We perform comprehensive foot examinations, digital x-rays, gait analysis, and other diagnostics to help them understand how someone's feet and ankles function, to uncover acute or chronic problems, and to formulate treatment plans aimed at optimal health and performance.

Sometimes rest, support, and pain-relieving medications get patients on their feet and moving comfortably again. Other times, surgery is the best option. The team at Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care is well-equipped to prepare people for their surgeries and to help them through the subsequent recovery and rehabilitation process.

In general, people need surgery when less invasive interventions just don't work. Persistent pain, swelling, tenderness, balance problems, gait issues, immobility, and limited range of motion are reasons to consider foot surgery. A good question to ask yourself is "How much are my symptoms impacting my daily activities?"

These uncomfortable and sometimes disabling symptoms often result from:

  • Ankle or foot fractures or sprains
  • Arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and arthritis resulting from trauma)
  • Acquired and congenital deformities, such as hammertoes
  • Corns and calluses
  • Tumors, such as neuromas (affecting the 3rd and 4th toes)
  • Bunions, a bulging of the metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of the big toe
  • Heel spurs
  • Diabetic wounds
  • Impaired peripheral circulation

Do you need foot or ankle surgery?

Please contact Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care if you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, swelling, or other difficult symptoms. Dr. Cherrie Cindric, Dr. Todd Cindric, and their team want you up and functioning at your very best. Call one of their conveniently located offices for a consultation. In Irwin, phone (724) 863-0996 and in Greensburg, phone (724) 832-1000.

By Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care, LLC
October 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Treatment  

Bunions grow slowly over time and can eventually become a serious issue that can impact standing and walking normally. However, spotting a bunion early and working with your doctor to treat or even prevent its growth can help you avoid long-term issues and invasive Bunion Treatmenttreatments. Learn more about bunions, their symptoms, and how your podiatrist can help with Dr. Cherrie Cindric and Dr. Todd Cindric at Westmoreland Foot and Ankle Care with locations in Irwin and Greensburg, PA.

What is a bunion? 
A bunion is a growth of bone located at the bottom of the big toe. The bunion grows very slowly over time and often does not cause any issues until it advances to its later stages. You inherit the type of foot you have, including feet which are more susceptible to bunions than others. Too-tight, too-narrow, or high-heeled shoes can also contribute to the growth of a bunion.

Signs and Symptoms of Bunions
The most obvious sign of a bunion is the lump it produces at the base of the big toe. However, other signs and symptoms of this condition include:

  • general discomfort in the ball of the foot
  • redness or swelling at the base of the big toe
  • decreased range of motion in the big toe
  • persistent or intermittent pain
  • overlapping first and second toes
  • corns or calluses where the toes overlap

Diagnosing and Treating Bunions in Irwin and Greensburg, PA
Doctors usually diagnose bunions with a visual and physical in-office examination. Since bunions are so obvious, podiatrists normally do not need to rely on x-rays to diagnose this condition. Treatments depend on the severity of the bunion and range from simple lifestyle changes such as changing the type of shoe you wear to surgery to remove the bunion altogether.

For more information on bunions, please contact Dr. Cherrie Cindric and Dr. Todd Cindric at Westmoreland Foot and Ankle Care with locations in Irwin and Greensburg, PA. Call (724) 863-0996 to schedule your appointment in Irwin or (724) 832-1000 to schedule your appointment in Greensburg today!

Simple at-home checks help spot foot problems

Back to school season is underway, and we have some advice for area parents. Take five minutes to inspect your children's feet for problems that could sideline your son or daughter from sports or other activities.

Cherrie Cindric, DPM, FACFAS, is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and says parents should look for these warning signs:

Do the bottoms of the child’s shoes show uneven wear patterns?

Does the child walk irregularly?

Is one leg longer than the other or do feet turn in or out excessively?

Do preschoolers walk on their toes?

Does the child often trip or stumble?

Does the child complain of tired legs, night pains and cramping?

"Following this checklist can uncover common problems like ingrown toenails to more serious problems like flat feet," says Cindric. "If your child's shoe is worn on the big toe side of their foot, it could be a sign of poor arch support or flat feet."

Parents can spot several potential foot problems by observing how their kids walk. If you find out one of your child's legs is longer than the other, heel lifts may be required to restore proper balance.

Early intervention can prevent scoliosis, a curvature of spine, later in life. Sometimes younger children toe-walk because of tightness in their Achilles tendon.

"A foot and ankle surgeon can recommend stretching exercises that can be fun for small children and help prevent lower back pain as they get older," Dr. Cindric says. For older children beginning college, heel pain and shin splints can plague freshmen not used to walking long distances across campus to attend classes.

"For most students, daily stretching and proper walking shoes can solve the problem. If there are foot deformities like hammertoes, surgery may be advised to make walking more comfortable."

Dr. Cindric says "growing pains" are a myth.

"If your kids complain about tired legs, heel pain or leg or foot cramps at night, consider that a warning sign and see a doctor," Dr. Cindric says. "Leg and foot pain can indicate flat feet or other disorders that are easier to treat the earlier they're diagnosed." Children with flat feet are at risk for arthritis later in life if the problem is left untreated.

How can we help you?

The professional staff at Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care find caring for your podiatric health exceptionally rewarding. If you are experiencing pain, please don't wait. Contact the office right away for an appointment at one of our two offices. In Irwin, call (724) 863-0996. For the Greensburg location, call (724) 832-1000. 

 

For today’s baby boomers, it’s more important than ever to stay healthy and active as they age. While growing older causes some unavoidable body changes, more boomers are focusing on healthy lifestyles that can help them prevent problems associated with aging such as mobility issues related to the feet and legs. Impairment of the lower extremities is a leading cause of activity limitation in older people, according to the US National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

“Foot problems are a health concern that can lead to further complications like knee, hip, and lower-back pain, all of which undermine mobility,” says Dr. Cherrie Cindric, DPM, a podiatrist at Westmoreland Foot and Ankle, member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “The human foot has been called the mirror of health. Systemic problems often related to age, such as diabetes, arthritis, and circulatory disease often can first be detected in the feet.”
Fortunately, boomers can do a lot to maintain and even improve their foot health. APMA offers the following advice to keep your feet pain-free.
 

Keep walking
Walking offers many benefits for both physical and mental health. If your feet hurt, however, you may find yourself less willing to get in the daily walking that’s good for your overall well-being.
To keep your walking regimen comfortable, choose a good-quality, lightweight walking shoe with breathable upper materials like leather or nylon mesh. The heel counter should be firm, and the shoe heel should have less cushioning in order to position the foot’s heel closer to the ground for stability. The front of the shoe should offer adequate support but also be flexible. For a list of footwear that has been awarded APMA’s Seal of Acceptance, visit www.apma.org/seal.
Shop for shoes in the late afternoon, because feet swell throughout the day, and have both feet fitted professionally. Wear the type of socks you intend to wear while walking and be sure the shoe fits snugly, but not tightly, over the sock. Your toes should have plenty of room to move around.

Deal with diabetes
“Diabetes symptoms often appear in the feet first, and the extremities can be hit hard by this chronic disease,” says Dr. Cindric. “In fact, diabetes complications lead to more than 65,000 lower-limb amputations each year.” Including a podiatrist in your diabetes care can reduce the risk of amputation up to 85 percent. Learn to recognize warning signs that often appear in the feet, including changes in skin color, swelling, numbness, pain, open sores that heal slowly, ingrown or fungal toenails, bleeding corns and calluses, and dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heels.
If you have diabetes, inspect your feet daily for cuts, bruises, sores or changes to the toenails. Wear thick, soft socks without seams that could rub or cause blisters. Always have new shoes fitted properly and never go barefoot, not even in your own home.
 
Manage arthritis
Arthritis can affect the structure and function of your feet. Common symptoms in the feet include joint swelling, joint pain or tenderness, redness or heat in joints, limited movement, early-morning stiffness, and skin changes, including rashes and growths.
Podiatrists are often the first to diagnose a patient’s arthritis. Treatment can take many forms, including physical therapy, exercise, and medication. Regular check-ups are vital to managing the condition successfully.

General foot health
In addition to shoes that fit properly, it’s important to choose socks, pantyhose, or stockings that also fit well. If you have corns or calluses, never cut them with a razor, pocket knife, or other sharp instrument. Consult a podiatrist and only use over-the-counter foot products if he or she advises it. Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm water with a mild soap that contains moisturizers, or use a separate moisturizer after your bath or shower. Trim or file toenails straight across and inspect your feet every day. If you notice redness, swelling, cracks in the skin or sores, see your podiatrist.

How can we help you?
The professional staff at Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care find caring for your podiatric health exceptionally rewarding. If you are experiencing pain, please don't wait. Contact the office right away for an appointment at one of our two offices. In Irwin, call (724) 863-0996. For the Greensburg location, call (724) 832-1000. 




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