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Monday, 25 July 2016 22:12

How to Treat Corns

foot painCorns are thickened areas of the skin that form around the top and sides of toes. They can be a hassle to deal with, but there is a home remedy some say can ease corns. In order to try this remedy, you will need: 10 Aspirins, 250 ml 70% alcohol, cotton balls, plastic wrap, and socks. Put the Aspirin into a bowl and crush them into a powder. You then need to pour the alcohol over the powder and allow the bowl to sit for two days. Dip the cotton balls into the mixture and place it on your heels. Cover your feet in plastic wrap and then put on your socks. Leave the wrap on overnight and your corns should begin to heal. Consult with a podiatrist for the best corn treatment. 

If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact one of our podiatrists of The Heel Pain Center. Our doctorscan provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

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

Read more about Corns on the Feet

broken toePenguins’ Center Matt Cullen recently admitted that he has been playing with a broken toe. However he finished the playoffs with four goals and six points in twenty four games. Cullen played a very important role in helping the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup during against the San Jose Sharks.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of The Heel Pain Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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

Read more about a broken toe.

high heels 4Although high heels are an essential in every fashionista’s wardrobe, high heels are not healthy for your feet. Wearing high heels can cause the blood vessels in your feet to constrict because they squeeze your foot into an unnatural position. They can also cause sprained ankles as well as sore calves. These shoes offer little to no support for your feet, which can also result in back pain.

High heels have a history for causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet contact one of our podiatrists of The Heel Pain Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because their style and societal appeal.  Despite this, they can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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.

Read more about the effects of high heels.

broken ankle4The Pittsburgh Penguins suffered a huge loss when defenseman Trevor Daley collided along the boards with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan in Game 4. This collision caused Daley to break his ankle, and as a result, he will miss the remainder of the playoffs. The acquisition of Daley from Chicago helped ignite a spark in the team, which allowed their offense to become more productive. His presence on the Penguins will truly be missed.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking 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.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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

Read more about broken ankles.