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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:00

Tackling Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is a type of disease that can cause your feet to look very unattractive. It can cause your nails to turn yellow in color and to thicken into an unnatural shape. The fungus can also make your nails very brittle, which may cause them to break off more easily. Fungi thrive well on the toes because they are often moist and warm, which are optimum living conditions for these organisms. An untreated toenail fungus can easily spread to other nails, including the fingernails, so it is important to get toenail fungus treated as soon as possible. Also, keep your body clean and healthy so you can prevent yourself from developing any sort of fungal infection.

For more information about treatment, contact our doctors of Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our podiatrists can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – The most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic: Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean.

Talcum powder – Applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

Alternative Treatments

There are surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would prefer the immediate and quick removal of toenail fungus through laser surgery. Consult with yOur podiatrists about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Defensive lineman Jihad Ward of the Oakland Raiders recently underwent surgery for his foot. If he heals according to his timetable, he should be ready to return to camp by mid-August. However, the team has chosen to not rush his return and instead would like to give Ward as much time as possible to recover. Since the Raiders are set to start training July 29th, Ward is expected to start camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact our doctors of Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our podiatrists will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact 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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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 00:00

How Heels May Harm Your Feet

High heels are among the most popular types of footwear worn by women. Unfortunately, these shoes can cause a lot of harm for those who wear them. Heels not only cause pain in the feet, but they can also disrupt the body’s walking mechanism. Some areas of the body where you may experience damage from wearing heels (other than the feet) are the lower back, calves, and spine. When you wear high heels, you are forcing your lower back to arch more in order to compensate for the lack of balance. This pressure that is being placed on your back can cause pain. If you still choose to wear heels despite the harmful effects they may cause, you should try to look for pairs that have a thick or block heel. Thicker heels will help your body maintain its balance more so than a thinner heel would.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or 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.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which parts of my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact 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 July 2017 00:00

Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition that is typically felt after taking your first steps in the morning. The symptoms tend to go away when you sit down, but the sharp pains will pop up again when you walk around. Some risk factors for the condition include standing for a long period of time, increased body weight, and age. The best way to alleviate plantar fasciitis pain is to treat the condition in its early stages instead of waiting for it to progress. You should contact your podiatrist immediately if you suspect you may have plantar fasciitis in order to get rid of any pain you are experiencing.  

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, 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.

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 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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