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November 2020

Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

What Can Cause a Foot Stress Fracture?

A foot stress fracture refers to a small crack in one or more bones in the foot. These types of fractures can be caused by excessive stress being placed on the foot. Certain practices can make you more likely to develop this injury. These include suddenly increasing the frequency, duration, or intensity of an activity. For example, a new runner who increases the distance that he runs too quickly can incur this injury. Changing the surface that you train on, specifically going from a soft surface to a hard one, can put more stress on the foot bones as well. Wearing shoes that don’t fit adequately or offer enough support may also increase injury risk. For more information about foot fractures, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Care Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Vineland, Elmer, and Somers Point, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

Plantar Fasciitis Can Develop Gradually

The medical condition that is known as plantar fasciitis is directly related to heel pain. It is a common source of foot pain that is not directly related to a sudden injury. The plantar fascia is a portion of tissue that is located on the bottom of the foot and connects the heel to the toes. It provides adequate shock absorption for the body and can cause severe pain and discomfort if it becomes torn or inflamed. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that develops gradually, and will cause the plantar fascia to become swollen. Patients who are afflicted with this condition may be more aware of pain in the morning after arising, and it may help to perform simple stretches before starting the day. There are many treatment options available, including surgery. If you have plantar fasciitis, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you with proper treatment.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Foot Care Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Vineland, Elmer, and Somers Point, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Saturday, 21 November 2020 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

The condition that is known as toenail fungus is considered to be a common ailment in elderly people. It is caused by a fungal skin infection and is contagious. This type of fungus is often found in public venues which can include swimming pools, shower room floors, and surrounding areas. Patients who are diabetic may have an increased risk for developing toenail fungus, in addition to people who have endured a toe injury. Existing medical conditions, such as psoriasis, poor circulation, or a poor immune system, may also lead to developing toenail fungus. Common symptoms can include yellowed or thickened toenails, and in severe cases, the nail may become brittle and gradually fall off. If you are experiencing signs of toenail fungus, it is recommended that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot Care Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Vineland, Elmer, and Somers Point, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks healthy joints, causing pain and inflammation. These joints can be anywhere in the body, but some of the most commonly affected joints are those located in the feet and ankles. Symptoms that you may see if you have developed RA in the feet and ankles include pain, swelling, joint stiffness, difficulty walking, and joint deformities. You may also see rheumatoid nodules, dislocated toe joints, hammertoes, bunions, heel pain, Achilles tendon pain, and flat foot ankle pain. If you are experiencing the symptoms of RA in the feet and ankles, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Care Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Vineland, Elmer, and Somers Point, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

Healing Cracked Heels

Dry and cracked heels are a common condition that can have a variety of causes, including living in a dry climate, wearing backless shoes, and taking long, hot showers. They can also develop due to age and certain medical conditions, like eczema, psoriasis, and poor circulation. If you have dry, cracked heels, there are things you can do to heal them. Apply a good moisturizer to the heel regularly. Moisturizers with ingredients such as urea, salicylic acid, and lactic acid may help exfoliate and soften the skin. Exfoliating the feet with a pumice stone or scrub can remove dead skin cells. There are also various over-the-counter treatments and orthotic devices available which may help reduce dry, cracked heels by softening the skin and providing extra cushioning. If after home treatment your heels remain dry, or if you have deep, painful cracks, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment. 

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Care Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Vineland, Elmer, and Somers Point, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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