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Flip-flops have the potential to be very harmful for you feet, mainly because they fail to provide the feet with proper arch and heel support. Additionally, plantar fasciitis is an extremely painful foot condition that may be triggered by wearing unsuitable footwear such as flip-flops. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the long ligament that supports the foot arch (plantar fascia), becomes strained. While there isn’t a cure for the condition, ice and rest could be used as treatment. Furthermore, flip-flops can cause other problems such as blisters due to the constant rubbing that occurs while wearing them.

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 The Heel Pain Center. 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 office located in Howell, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:00

Why Are My Feet So Sweaty?

Hyperhidrosis is a disorder in which the body produces an unnecessary amount of sweat in the eccrine glands. The condition affects both genders equally, and it is often classified as either a primary or secondary condition. Primary hyperhidrosis tends to take place in the hands, feet, or it can be generalized, meaning it occurs throughout the entire body. If your hyperhidrosis has been classified as a secondary medical condition, this means it has been triggered by another pre-existing medical problem you have. If you are experiencing chronic sweaty feet, make sure to keep them as dry as possible, keep your socks clean, and see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact one of our podiatrists of The Heel Pain Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Howell, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Summer Footcare Tips

Our feet tend to be at their most vulnerable state during the summer months, when we use them the most. It is essential that you take care of your feet, so that you are free to be able to enjoy your summer activities without experiencing any pain. One of the most crucial tips for taking care of your feet is to not walk around barefoot. Walking without shoes will make you more prone to getting sunburn, athlete’s foot, and other injuries. You should also make sure you are wearing proper footwear that is comfortable and supportive. Sandals and flip-flops may be the most trendy footwear choices, but they do not offer optimum protection for your feet. Lastly, you should also seek medical attention for any problems you may have with your feet. Any untreated foot problem you are experiencing can easily progress into something much worse if you don’t seek treatment for it.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from The Heel Pain Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Howell, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:00

Signs You May Have Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus usually appears as yellow or white spots on the toenail. A fungus can drastically alter the appearance of a foot by thickening the toenail and making it appear crumbly. Nevertheless, studies have shown that men are far more likely to develop fungus when compared to women. Another factor that plays a role in fungi susceptibility is age. As you grow older, you are more likely to develop a fungus on your feet. Although toenail fungus typically isn’t life threatening, you should want to treat it as soon as possible to help maintain healthy feet. If you have diabetes, it is especially important that you treat the fungus in order to prevent any complications that may occur.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of The Heel Pain Center. Our doctors 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 doctors about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:00

Justin Patton Undergoes Foot Surgery

Rookie center Justin Patton of the Minnesota Timberwolves recently underwent surgery to repair a broken metatarsal in his foot. Patton suffered the injury during a workout and unfortunately will not be available to play in the Las Vegas Summer League. Although Patton underwent a successful surgery, he is expected to be kept out of gameplay until further notice, which isn’t good news for the rookie. The surgeon who performed his operation is no stranger to NBA injuries; he has also done similar operations to Kevin Durant and Brook Lopez in recent years.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of The Heel Pain Center. 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 office located in Howell, 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

Tips for Dealing with Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection that can spread to the toenails and hands. The condition itself may be hard to cure, and it can be caught by direct contact with someone who has it or by touching surfaces that have been contaminated with it. The fungus has been found to thrive in damp environments such as showers, locker room floors, and around swimming pools. If you want to avoid getting athlete’s foot, you should wash your feet with soap and water and dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. You also should avoid sharing your socks with other people since this can help spread the fungus. Lastly, be sure to change your socks when your feet get sweaty, and wear shoes that are made from a breathable material.

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 The Heel Pain Center.  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 office located in Howell, 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

Ingrown Toenails 101

If you have swelling, pain, redness, or infection near your big toe; you may have an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails result when the corner of a nail grows into the soft flesh that surrounds it. While ingrown toenails may cause minimal pain at first, they can spread and worsen very quickly. People who have diabetes or other serious conditions that cause poor blood flow to the feet are at a higher risk of developing ingrown toenails. Nevertheless, there are at-home remedies that can be performed in order to treat minor cases of ingrown toenails. One method is to soak your feet in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes a few times per day. Soaking will help reduce swelling along with tenderness in the feet. If you have an ingrown toenail that is progressively worsening, you should seek the assistance of a podiatrist right away.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of The Heel Pain Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Howell, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that tends to appear during the summer months, and flip-flops could be one of the reasons this happens. Flip-flops offer no support for the feet, which causes the plantar fascia to stretch unnaturally; this may lead to heel pain. Wearing flip-flops also causes you to scrunch your toes in order to grip the thong of the sandal, causing you to shorten your stride. As a result, you may experience hammertoes, muscle pain, and shin splits from forcing your legs to work harder.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from The Heel Pain Center. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Howell, NJ.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 00:00

Why You Should Take Care of Your Feet

Walking can provide several benefits to your body. Following a walking routine can help lower your risk of diseases, strengthen your heart, prevent dementia, and boost your energy levels. A good walking routine starts with having healthy feet. Fortunately, there are some tips you can follow to make sure your feet are taken care of. Prior to walking, you should make sure that you are not cutting your toenails too short. Toenails that are short may lead to ingrown toenails and pain. Another tip is to wear breathable socks. This will help prevent unpleasant odors, blisters, and rashes. Lastly, you should make sure you keep yourself hydrated in order to help avoid getting cracked feet.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from The Heel Pain Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Howell, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 12 June 2017 19:46

Signs of Poor Circulation in Your Feet

There are a variety of causes for poor circulation in the feet, and there are dangers that come along with having it as well. Your organs and extremities can be severely affected if there is a lack of blood supply to them. Fortunately, poor circulation may be improved through dietary modifications. One of the first signs of poor circulation that you will notice is constantly cold feet. This typically happens in the winter, when your oxygenated blood has trouble reaching your lower extremities. Swelling in the feet is also a common sign of poor circulation. This happens because your body retains water around the ankles as a response to the lack of blood. This symptom should not be ignored because it can be a sign of something much more serious.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of The Heel Pain Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness  or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Howell, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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