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June 2020

Monday, 29 June 2020 00:00

Heel Pain And Plantar Fasciitis

There is a portion of tissue that is located on the bottom of the foot that is referred to as the plantar fascia. This part of the foot can gradually become damaged from standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day, in addition to wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. This can cause plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of this band of tissue. A common symptom that many patients experience is heel pain, and this can cause difficulty in walking. The pain may be worse in the morning after arising, and may lessen during the day. People who are overweight may be prone to developing plantar fasciitis, in addition to people who have flat feet. Mild relief may be found when the feet are elevated, and it may be helpful to practice specific foot stretches. If you are afflicted with plantar fasciitis, it is advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you with correct treatment options. 

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. 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 one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option 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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Monday, 22 June 2020 00:00

The Three Grades of Ankle Sprains

When an ankle sprain occurs, it is categorized as one of three grades. A mild sprain is referred to as a grade one sprain, and will generally heal in approximately 3 weeks. If the ligaments incur damage, it is known as a grade two sprain, and recovery will take several weeks. Grade three sprains are considered to be severe, and may include a bone fracture and extensive ligament damage. As the healing process occurs, it is beneficial to begin and maintain foot exercises and stretches. These can include improving your range of motion, in addition to gaining strength and balance in the affected ankle. If you have sprained your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible, who can recommend the best course of treatment for you.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, 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.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further 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, 15 June 2020 00:00

Low-Impact Exercise and Foot Pain

Foot pain is experienced by many patients, and it can occur for several reasons. Wearing shoes that do not fit properly, being obese, and incurring injuries to the feet are possible reasons for mild to severe foot pain. Relief may be found when shoes fit correctly. Additionally, it may be beneficial to frequently perform foot and calf stretches which can help to strengthen the overall foot. Low-impact aerobic activities can be helpful in increasing mobility, and these can include cycling, yoga, swimming, and walking. It is strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible if you are experiencing foot pain for any reason. Your local podiatrist can determine the cause and offer treatment techniques.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot 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.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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, 08 June 2020 00:00

Possible Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

The fungal infection that is known as athlete’s foot can cause discomfort and pain. Additional symptoms can include severe itchiness between the toes, blisters, and the skin may begin to flake. Athlete's foot is contagious, and the fungus that causes it lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. These often consist of public swimming pools, shower room floors, and surrounding areas. It is suggested to wear appropriate footwear while frequenting these areas, and it is helpful to avoid sharing towels, shoes, and socks. Patients may find relief in mild cases when an antifungal powder or spray is applied on the affected area. If you notice symptoms of athlete’s foot, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can suggest correct treatment options for you.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists.  Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are 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 and ankle needs.

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Monday, 01 June 2020 00:00

The Definition of Orthotics

Orthotics are defined as insoles that are made specifically to fit your foot. They are helpful in providing support that is needed to correct certain foot and ankle conditions. Some of these can include bunions, flat feet, plantar fasciitis, and heel spurs. Wearing orthotics and performing foot stretches may eliminate the need for surgery, and it is advised to wear the correct type of insole designed to fit your foot. These can range from rigid to flexible, and the foot can begin to properly heal when the right style orthotic is determined. Orthotics can help to heal a variety of foot and ankle ailments, and it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can determine if they are the right choice 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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