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Monday, 26 September 2016 19:22

Alleviate Your Heel Pain

heel pain01Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects two million people per year. It is possible for individuals with plantar fasciitis to live life without experiencing heel pain from the condition. Those suffering from heel pain should ensure they are wearing supportive shoes. There are many shoe inserts available over-the-counter that are made for people who suffer from plantar fasciitis. Stretching the feet is also another treatment option for those with plantar fasciitis.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact our doctors from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our podiatrists will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  

- Wearing non-supportive shoes

- Weight change         

- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office 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, 19 September 2016 19:15

Daily Foot Care for Older Adults

foot pain4When it comes to health care, many older adults often overlook taking care of their feet. The elderly are prone to foot problems that can include itching and burning feet due to dry skin, bunions, thickened skin due to calluses and corns, hammertoes, toenail problems, and heel pain. To combat and prevent these issues, older adults should moisturize their feet and apply lotion every day, wear shoes that are roomier and fit the feet better, consider over-the-counter medication to alleviate pain, and use toenail clippers specifically for toenails to prevent ingrown toenails.

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, contact our doctors from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our podiatrists will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Everyday 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 our office located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 12 September 2016 01:25

Arthritis and Foot Pain

Arthritis5Approximately one fourth of American adults have foot pain.For those who have arthritis, their chances of suffering from foot pain increases. Fifty percent of Americans over the age of 65 suffer from arthritic foot pain. There are different types of arthritis that a person could have.. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a common form that can affect the small joints of the feet. People with the condition often develop corns, bunions, and hammertoe.

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 our office 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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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 15:32

Weight Gain May Change Foot Size

running shoe18It is possible that the size of your feet could change when you lose weight. Your shoe size could also change when you gain weight, too. When you gain unnecessary weight, your feet will begin to grow as a result of the extra weight on your body and a restructuring of the bone structure within your feet. As a response to the extra pounds, the bones inside your feet will compress on top, forcing your feet to become flatter.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of our doctors from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our podiatrists will provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people that wear shoes that are ill-fitting, which affects their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to selecting the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot
  • When measuring your foot with your shoe on, add 1-2 inches to the size
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently
  • Purchase shoes later in the day as your feet swell as the day progresses
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat your feet right by choosing the right pair of shoes that can provide them comfort and mobility with minimal 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 care needs.

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