ankle surgeryKekuta Manneh, forward of the Vancouver Whitecaps, recently underwent surgery to repair a broken fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot. A timetable for his return was not released by the team, however head coach Carl Robinson has suggested Manneh can return this season. “Kekuta is an important member of the club and we’re happy to hear the surgery went well,” Robinson stated. “We anticipate he will make a complete recovery and will be back training with the group in the fall." This season Manneh has scored five goals and had two assists.    

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • 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 one of our offices located in Cherry Hill, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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arthritisVagus nerve stimulation is a treatment that has been used to control seizures for people with epilepsy. However, the treatment has recently been used to help people who have rheumatoid arthritis. VNS works by electronically stimulating the nerve that runs from the brain to the gut, in order to get rid of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Patients that have used the treatment have experienced improvements in joint swelling as well as other symptoms.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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

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blister7A woman named Beth Hendricks has revealed her secret to not getting blisters. Beth is 66-years-old and has been hiking since 1980 and has covered 50,000 kilometers. Surprisingly, she has never gotten a foot blister. She says the reason for this is that she has really good shoes. She buys new shoes all the time and states that a pair of shoes only last for a summer. A podiatrist named Kent Renaud states you should wear shoes that are not too big, or too tight in order to avoid getting blisters.

Untreated blisters can worsen and make mobility extremely difficult and painful. For quality blister treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctorwill attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet, are prone to blister formation easily.

Prevention & Treatment

Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Cherry Hill, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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Monday, 25 July 2016 00:00

Clubfoot in Newborn Babies

childrens feetA woman named Mary carried her daughter, Faye, to full term. Her ultrasound revealed that Faye had a clubfoot. Although Faye was a bit smaller than usual, she was expected to lead a normal and healthy life. As time progressed, the odds of Faye living began to decline. She was diagnosed with a disease called Trisomy 18 and eventually passed away.

Clubfoot, like many other conditions, requires the proper treatment and care.  If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctor can properly diagnose any injuries or conditions and provide you with appropriate treatment options.

Clubfoot in Newborns

Clubfoot is a congenital disorder that can occur in 1 of 1,000 births per year. There are different causes for clubfoot, usually occurring as a result of genetics and pregnancy related complications. The abnormalities can be recognized during ultrasounds as early as the 20th week of pregnancy.

Treatment for Clubfoot
- Treatment involves reshaping the foot through surgery.
- Feet are moved into their correct position and placed into casts to ensure that it adjusts.

Non-Surgical Treatment
- Botox can be injected into the calf and weaken the Achilles tendon which allows the ankle to go back into a normal position.

After effects
Children who undergo treatment have not shown any further issues with their feet.  There is always hope to overcome.

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

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 00:00

Be Careful When Choosing Summer Footwear

legsThere is a positive correlation between warm weather and the amount of people going to podiatrists for plantar fasciitis. This is because people tend to wear sandals and flip flops with no arch support in warmer months. In order to prevent getting plantar fasciitis, you should always make sure that you stretch your feet before and after you exercise. It is also important to wear running shoes when you exercise. The most common reason for young people to have plantar fasciitis is from “too much activity.” For adults, the most common reason for them to have the condition is because they “aren’t using the right shoes.”

Every day foot care is very important, especially for those that are lacking the proper foot care resources. For more information about everyday foot care, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Every Day 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. After all, 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 example.

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.

Also, 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 Cherry Hill, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016 00:00

Charleston Children Receive new Shoes

childrens feetHundreds of children from the Charleston community gathered at Buist Academy in June to have their feet washed and receive a new pair of shoes. The event was hosted by Samaritan’s Feet for the one-year anniversary of the “Mother” Emanuel AME Church shooting. Marlaysha Brown, one of the children who received new shoes, described her new pair as she showed them off: “They're pink and white, and on the sides, they are black”

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 Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctor 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 feel free to contact our office located inCherry Hill, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Arthritis5Professional golfer Ian Poulter has had an arthritic joint in his foot for over two years, and it has kept him from maximizing his golf performance. This arthritic joint has caused him to fall down in rankings and has kept him away from golf for four months. Unfortunately for Poulter, his arthritis has worsened and has made him unable to continue taking cortisone shots to alleviate the pain. Continuous usage of cortisone shots can cause bone thinning and stress fractures.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment,contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctor 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 Cherry Hill, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

Jimmy Ryan unperturbed by Broken Toe

broken toe3Fleetwood’s Jimmy Ryan was reportedly been playing with a broken toe during the months of April and May, according to Fleetwood manager Steven Pressley. Ryan had missed practice and had not trained for up to 3 weeks, but had also not missed any games. “Jimmy has shown a great mentality. He has continued to get injections prior to games to get himself out there,” said Pressley.

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 Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. 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 office located in Cherry Hill, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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shoes2When buying footwear, make sure to follow these tips. Opt for buying footwear later in the day, as your feet tend to swell as the day goes by. Don’t stick to any particular shoe size and take into consideration your feet’s length, breadth, and height. Know what type of foot gait you have and if you require arch support in your footwear. Try on shoes while in the store, and make sure your shoes have room for your toes to wiggle.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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

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high heel14A beauty trend that can lead to chronic health problems with time is high heels. Although high heels are a common choice of footwear for women, high heels shift the balance and structure of our bodies. High heels exert uneven pressure onto our heels and feet, increasing the risk of leg and foot injuries. Avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time and see your podiatrist if you are experiencing chronic foot 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 Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 Cherry Hill, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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