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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 evaluations 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.
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 treatments. 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!
Itchy, cracking, flaky toes are characteristic of a fungal infection called Tinea pedis, or more commonly, athlete's foot. While young men who routinely engage in gym workouts and strenuous pursuits, such as hockey and basketball, develop this podiatric condition most often, anyone can develop it. At Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care in Irwin and Greensburg, PA, podiatrists Dr. Todd Cindric and Dr. Cherrie Cindric see scores of patients with athlete's foot, and they successfully treat them.
Symptoms of Athlete's Foot
They range from annoying to really painful and include:
- Itching (many times very intense)
- Cracking and oozing of the skin between and at the base of the toes
- Blistering along the soles of the feet
While athlete's foot is very common, nonetheless it's nothing to be ignored as it easily spreads from household member to household member and even to other parts of the body. Plus, people who are immunosuppressed or have diabetes should be extra-vigilant and begin treatment at the first signs of infection, reports Harvard Health.
Treating and Preventing Tinea pedis
Your podiatrist in Irwin and Greensburg can tell from simple visual inspection and a review of your symptoms if you have athlete's foot. Our doctors may advise the application of over-the-counter or prescription anti-fungal creams which can take up to two weeks to clear the infection.
However, simple foot hygiene may take care of the problem as well. The doctor may suggest:
- Washing and drying your feet daily with soap and water
- Changing your socks every day or more often if they get sweaty or wet
- Changing your shoes--that is, alternating pairs
- Wearing flip-flops in the gym locker room or poolside
- Dusting your feet with anti-fungal powder
- Using clean clippers to trim your toenails
Because the athlete's foot fungus loves dark, moist environments, patients who are prone to this podiatric infection should ensure their feet get plenty of time in open sandals or other well-ventilated footwear, particularly in the hot summer months.
Have Happy Feet
At Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care, Drs. Todd and Cherrie Cindric care for all aspects of podiatric health. If you think you have a stubborn athlete's foot infection and want relief that lasts, call for a consultation. For the Irwin location, phone (724) 863-0996, and in Greensburg, call (724) 832-1000.
Find out what could be causing your foot pain and what you can do about it.
Did you know that one-quarter of all the bones in your body are found in your feet? Along with that, your feet are made up of 107 ligaments, 33 joints, and 19 muscles. So, when your feet start to give you grief you may be wondering what’s going on. After all, it could be a number of things. Our Greensburg and Irwin, PA, podiatrists, Drs. Cherrie and Todd Cindric, are here to help you figure out what’s causing your pain and how to handle it.
What is causing your pain?
Figuring out the root cause of your pain is the first thing our Greensburg and Irwin foot doctors will do. Once we figure out what’s going on we will be able to create a proper and comprehensive treatment plan that will lead you right into recovery mode.
Common causes of foot pain include:
- Strains and sprains
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Morton’s neuroma
- Stress fracture
- Flat feet
How do you treat heel pain?
You’ll be happy to know that a lot of foot problems can easily be managed from the comfort of your own home. Unless the condition is serious and requires more aggressive care, more often than not you’ll give your foot the rest it needs to heal and you’ll manage your symptoms until your foot mends. Rest is key for any injury or foot problem. Avoid high-impact activities and other activities that could exacerbate your pain. Stay off the foot as much as possible and elevate it when sitting down to reduce swelling and discomfort.
Pain can be managed through icing your foot throughout the day and also by taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Those with more severe and chronic foot pain may require prescription painkillers or corticosteroid injections.
Depending on the cause of your pain we may also recommend splinting, bracing, or wearing a protective boot. Physical therapy and performing certain stretching and strengthening exercises can also help improve flexibility and range-of-motion within the foot.
Those with more serious and chronic foot problems may need to consider more aggressive treatment options like electrical stimulation. We can also sit down with you and discuss the pros and cons of getting foot surgery if all other treatment options are proving ineffective.
If you are at a loss for how to handle your foot pain then it’s time to turn to our friendly and reliable foot and ankle specialists for the care you need to get back on your feet. Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care has offices in Greensburg and Irwin, PA, to serve you better. Call us today!
Could pain in your foot be an indication that you have a fracture? Greensburg and Irwin, PA, podiatrists Drs. Cherrie and Todd Cindric share a few signs and symptoms that can occur if you have a foot fracture.
Did you experience pain immediately after you dropped a heavy can on your foot, jumped or fell? Pain due to a foot fracture can be constant or intermittent and may increase when you try to walk or put weight on your foot.
Swelling and bruising
Your body's natural healing mechanism leaps into action the second it detects an injury. Blood flow increases as white blood cells are sent to your foot in an attempt to repair the damage. Increased blood flow causes your foot to swell and is also responsible for the bruises you may see.
Numbness and tingling
Numbness and tingling may occur if you've damaged nerves in your foot.
Fractures can cause obvious changes to the structure of your feet. If you notice any deformities after an accident, call our Greensburg or Irwin office immediately.
Is the skin over your injury white, blue or purple? Color changes may occur if you've damaged blood vessels. Let us know right away if you notice these changes.
Even the lightest touch can send joints of pain through your body if you've fractured your foot. Wearing shoes, or even socks, may be very painful.
Pain and tenderness aren't the only reasons that walking is difficult when you have a fracture. If a bone is broken or a joint is dislocated, your foot may be incapable of supporting your weight. Trying to walk on the foot may actually worsen your injury.
Stress fracture symptoms
Foot fractures can also occur due to overuse injuries if you run or participate in other forms of exercise. Known as stress fractures, these injuries cause cracks in your bones. Stress fractures can affect any of the bones in your foot but may be more likely to injure your heel bone, ankle joint or the second and third metatarsals. Symptoms of a stress fracture include swelling, bruising, tenderness, and pain that gets better when you rest and increases when you stand, walk or exercise.
Foot fractures require prompt treatment to prevent chronic complications, such as arthritis or nerve damage. If you're worried that you may have broken a bone, let us know immediately. Schedule an appointment with podiatrists Drs. Cherrie and Todd Cindric by calling (724) 832-1000 for the Greensburg, PA, office or (724) 863-0996 for the Irwin office.