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Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00

Paying Attention to Your Feet As You Age

Unfortunately, everyone is aware that as the human body ages, health issues inevitably begin to arise. The elderly are prone to a multitude of ailments that make their life painful or uncomfortable. Oftentimes, feet are indicators of other health issues that may be starting in the body. It is not uncommon for podiatrists to be the first doctors to recognize signs of larger underlying problems after evaluating one’s feet. Systemic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and circulatory disease can be spotted early on when looking for the right symptoms in the feet. Symptoms of these conditions to look for include dry skin, brittle nails, burning and tingling sensations, numbness, coldness, and discoloration. Not all foot issues are indicators of serious diseases, but they are all still important to check up on, because they can lead to knee, hip, and lower back pain that can lessen the mobility of an older individual. If you have noticed issues regarding your feet, then it is highly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist to ensure your overall health.

If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

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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Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

Types of Arthritis

Typical symptoms of arthritis in the feet may include severe stiffness in the ankle and toe joints, in addition to swelling, pain, and discomfort. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, and this occurs when the cartilage between the bones and joints diminishes. This may generally affect the big toe and may cause difficulty in moving the toes. A chronic form of this ailment is referred to as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and this may be a result of the immune system which attacks the membrane protecting the joints. There are several treatment options for different types of arthritis, and it is strongly recommended to consult with a podiatrist who can aid in determining the best course of therapy for you.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, 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.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

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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Research has shown there may be indications of foot or ankle trauma that are not related to injuries. These may include skin conditions involving the feet that may happen naturally during pregnancy or as the aging process occurs. There are several issues that may fall under this category, including plantar warts, corns, athlete’s foot, or ingrown toenails. Additionally, pain may gradually develop in the heel area, which may possibly be plantar fasciitis or a heel spur. If you experience pain and discomfort in the back of the heel and ankle, you may have an Achilles tendon condition that may have steadily developed. Fallen arches or flat feet may produce considerable discomfort in the center of the foot, and if you feel a numbing sensation in your foot, it may be indicative of a pinched nerve in the ankle, which may be referred to as tarsal tunnel syndrome. If you have any of these symptoms, it is advised to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer a proper diagnosis and recommend the correct treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with one of our podiatrists from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, 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, 07 January 2019 00:00

Taking Care of Your Feet While Working

There are several people who spend the majority of their working day standing or walking. There may be several consequences that can occur when this happens, including the feet becoming generally sore, in addition to swelling and discomfort. Research has shown if gentle stretching exercises are frequently performed, the feet and overall health of the body may become positively affected. This may include the simple technique of rolling a tennis ball underneath your foot, which may aid in lengthening the foot muscles. Additionally, it may be beneficial to elevate your feet while taking breaks at work, and this may be helpful in promoting good circulation. Many people enjoy soaking their feet after a long work day in hot water with Epsom salts, which may aid in diminishing muscle tension. Foot massages may also be beneficial in providing the desired comfort the feet may need after working. It is suggested to consult with a podiatrist to learn about additional methods, which may help your feet to feel better after working.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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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If you are experiencing foot pain as a result of disease or an arthritic condition, wearing custom-made orthotics may produce positive results. These are known as removable shoe inserts and may be helpful in providing moderate relief. The proper type and size of orthotics is determined by having an impression of the foot taken with a plaster cast mold, and this may allow for any necessary adjustments to be made. There are several foot conditions that may benefit from wearing orthotics, which may include plantar fasciitis, rheumatoid arthritis, or bunions. If you have uncomfortable pain in your feet, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist who can discuss the benefits of wearing custom-made orthotics, and who is able to determine if this is right for you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, 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 Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please 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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