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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 00:00

Is Foot Surgery an Option for Pain Relief?

There are known to be multiple types of foot conditions that may require surgery to be performed. This may aid in achieving the desired level of comfort and relief, in addition to performing daily tasks easier than prior to the surgery. If you have a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe, bunion surgery may be recommended. This may be an option if walking is difficult or wearing closed shoes is painful. The joint can be removed or realigned, and the choice may depend on the severity of the bunion. If arthritis is present in the foot, fusion surgery may be necessary to perform and may stop the bones from rubbing together, possibly causing severe pain. Additionally, there are several types of heel pain that may dissipate if the proper surgery can be performed. If you are experiencing specific foot conditions that may require surgery, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist who can determine if surgery options are correct for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors 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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Monday, 17 December 2018 00:00

Can Bunions Be Prevented?

If you have a bunion, you may be experiencing uncomfortable foot conditions that may develop as a result of this ailment. The bony area that forms on the side of the big toe may lead to inflamed and callused skin, which may make walking difficult to accomplish, depending on the severity of the bunion. Research has shown the formation of bunions may be caused by genetic traits, in addition to medical conditions that may be present, which may include cerebral palsy or rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, if you choose to wear shoes that are too tight, a bunion may gradually form, and proper treatment should begin as soon as possible. Bunions may be prevented by wearing shoes that fit correctly, leaving ample room for the toes to freely move about in. If you feel you have developed a bunion, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist to learn about proper treatment techniques.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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 care needs.

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Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

There is a portion of tissue that is located on the bottom of the foot, which is referred to as the plantar fascia. The function of this part of the foot is to connect the toes to the heel bone. If this should become damaged as a result of an injury or repeated strain the foot may have endured, plantar fasciitis may develop and may typically cause severe pain and discomfort. Research has shown this is the most common form of heel pain, and noticeable symptoms may accompany this condition. Many patients may find it difficult to walk as a result of pressure on the heel, and this may be more severe as the first steps are taken in the morning. There are conditions that may exist, which may lead to the development of this condition, including having high arches in the feet, standing for extended periods of time, or wearing shoes that do not fit properly. If you have developed this painful condition, it is strongly suggested to seek the counsel of a podiatrist, who can perform a proper diagnosis and provide advice on correct treatment options.

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 Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 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 December 2018 00:00

Toenail Fungus is Known to Be Contagious

A common condition that is known as toenail fungus may affect many people throughout their lives. It occurs when a fungus grows under the toenails, and may typically develop gradually, which may cause noticeable changes to the toenail that are difficult to observe. This type of fungus grows and lives in moist environments and is generally known to be very contagious. If you frequently use public pools and shower areas, it’s suggested to wear appropriate shoes, which may aid in preventing the fungus to enter the body. If you have specific medical conditions that may include diabetes, poor circulation, or a weakened immune system, you may be more susceptible in developing this unsightly condition. Additionally, if you have sustained an injury to the toe or skin surrounding the nail, wear artificial nails, or wear shoes that have a closed toe for most of the day, the chances of developing a toenail fungus may increase. It is advised to seek the counsel of a podiatrist, so the correct treatment can begin.

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 Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 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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