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plantar fasciitis6Ingrown toenails occur when the nail grows into the skin of your toes rather than over it, leading to periodic pain, redness and even swelling. The condition can be caused by ill-fitting shoes or cutting toenails in the wrong way, in a curved shape. It’s estimated that “about 7 million people in the United States are dealing with an ingrown toenail at any given time,” and if left untreated, ingrown toenails can become infected. Prevent ingrown toenails by cutting your nails straight across, wearing comfortable shoes, and keeping proper foot hygiene.

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 will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

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 one of our offices located in Howell, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 19 September 2016 23:17

Arthritis and Your Feet

Arthritis5Osteoarthritis is one of the leading form of arthritis in the elderly. The disease alone affected 30.8 million adults from 2008 to 2011. Researchers have found a link between osteoarthritis and senescent cells near the joints. Scientists have injected a small amount of senescent cells and non-senescent cells from ear cartilage into the knee joints of mice. They were able to find that the injection of senescent cells caused characteristics related to osteoarthritis.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. 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.

Arthritic Foot Care                            

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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 September 2016 13:25

Blisters: Prevention is Key

blister6Blisters can appear anywhere that skin rubs against clothing or other parts of the body. However, doctors believe that prevention is key when it comes to blisters. If you want to avoid blisters, you should always wear socks and avoid wearing shoes that are too tight or too loose. You can also apply powder or petroleum jelly to your feet to avoid friction. If you do get a blister, you should be patient and leave it alone. Most blisters heal between one to two weeks on their own.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet arecontact one of our podiatrists of The Heel Pain Center. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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.

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feet6KINBE is a Los-Angeles based startup company that has developed an adjustable shoe for growing babies. Babies’ feet grow rapidly within their first couple years. KINBE CEO, Amber Cruse, stated that although a lot of companies claim to have made a shoe that can fit a wide variety of sizes, she has made a shoe that will fit through 20 months.

Making sure that your children maintain foot health is very important as they grow up. If you have any questions, 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.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

  • Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
  • Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

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.

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