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Monday, 31 October 2016 20:27

Walking Can Improve Foot Health

feet7Walking can help ensure your overall foot health, as the low-impact exercise can help ward off health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. For those who are elderly adults, make sure to take care of your feet by following these tips: strengthen and train your foot muscles to prevent injury, wear the proper footwear, and address any pain symptoms in your feet immediately.

Every day foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked contact our doctors from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our podiatrists can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Monday, 24 October 2016 21:58

Corns vs. Calluses

toenail fungus7Corns and calluses both appear as hard areas of thick and dry skin. However, there is a difference between the two of them. Corns are usually round in shape, and often appear on the top or sides of the toes. Calluses, however, usually appear on the hands and bottom of the feet. Although there is a difference between the locations corns and calluses appear in, they both appear as a result of excessive pressure or friction on parts of the skin.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact our doctors from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our podiatrists can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

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

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Monday, 17 October 2016 21:50

How Viral Arthritis May Affect Your Feet

Arthritis5Viral arthritis is a self-limiting disease that may cause crippling symptoms in those who have it. Many different viruses including HIV, Hepatitis, mumps, and rubella can cause viral arthritis. People with the disease may experience swelling of the joints in both their hands and feet. Additionally, stiffness may occur in these joints in the morning. The symptoms of this disease are self-limiting and it is unlikely that it will develop into a serious condition.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact our doctors from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our podiatrists 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 inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of 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 to 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 Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 10 October 2016 13:50

Luke Pavone Suffers Broken Toe

foot care7Senior forward Luke Pavone suffered a broken toe injury in the game against RIT on September 2nd and had to miss the rest of the season. Pavone described his toe as being “black and blue,” but opted to keep playing during the game. He decided to redshirt, withdrawing for the rest of the season, rather than rehab his injury and return later in the year.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact our doctors from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our podiatrists will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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

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Monday, 03 October 2016 18:08

Sammy Watkins Recovers Stress Fracture

foot surgery3Sammy Watkins of the Buffalo Bills had two screws placed in his left foot in April in order to repair a stress fracture. Although stress fractures like the one he had usually heal in 6-12 weeks, sometimes the healing doesn’t go as planned. Watkins recently stated that he will be playing against the Jets, despite rumors that he was still recovering from foot surgery.

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

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles 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. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called 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

-play tennis or basketball

-gymnastics

-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 in high impact will aggravate pain.

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

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