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February 2020

Research has indicated that falling is a common occurrence among seniors. Because it’s generally known to be common, it can prompt a fear of falling, which may cause difficulty in accomplishing daily activities. It is important to implement methods that can be instrumental in preventing falling, as this may help ease this common fear. Certain medications may cause dizziness, so it is suggested to have patients regularly visit their doctors to avoid this symptom. Strength can be increased when a gentle exercise routine is frequently performed, in addition to wearing shoes that fit comfortably. It may be beneficial to install grab bars in the toilet and shower area, as these may provide the necessary stability. If you would like more information about how falling can potentially affect the feet, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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, 17 February 2020 00:00

Ankle Sprains and Their Symptoms

The ankle has the ability to move the foot in two directions that consist of moving away from the body, and toward the body. The bony portions on the side of the ankle are referred to as the malleoli, and these provide stability while walking and standing. If an injury occurs to the ankle, it may be difficult to walk, in addition to generally causing severe pain and discomfort. Ankle sprains are known to be the most common type of ankle injury. This can happen when suddenly stepping off of a curb, or if it is twisted in a sporting activity. Common symptoms that are associated with this type of injury can include immediate swelling surrounding the affected area, bruising, and it may feel warm. After a proper diagnosis is performed which typically consists of having an X-ray taken, treatment can begin. If you have sprained your ankle, it is strongly advised that you speak to a podiatrist who can offer correct treatment options for you.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, 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.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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 February 2020 00:00

What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton’s Neuroma is a common foot problem that takes place when the nerve that carries sensation to the webspace between the toes is trapped. Once swelling begins, the nearby bones and ligaments put pressure on the nerve, causing inflammation and irritation. This ailment typically occurs between the third and fourth toes but can also occur between the second and third toes. When left untreated, the already thickened nerve can enlarge even further, symptoms will persist longer and become more intense, and may cause permanent damage. The most common symptom is pain in the ball of the foot extending to the affected toes. Some patients say this condition may make it feel like they’re walking with a marble or stone inside their shoes, while others experience tingling and burning sensations in their toes. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact one of our podiatrists of Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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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It is beneficial to purchase running shoes that are designed based on a particular style of running. There are several types of shoes that can meet the needs of any runner, which is why it’s important to be informed about what type of running shoes you should choose based on your preferences of the sport. Road shoes have more additional cushioning than race shoes, and may help to provide shock absorption as running is performed. Trail shoes can be worn if the type of running that is done is through muddy areas, or on uneven surfaces, and may help to offer adequate ankle support. Patients who prefer training for a marathon are often aware of the need to run in shoes that have maximum cushioning. If you would like additional information about what type of shoes to wear for a specific style of running, please consult with a podiatrist.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, 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.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

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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Sunday, 02 February 2020 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

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