Monday, 05 September 2016 00:00

How to Get Rid of Bunions

bunions7Hallux valgus, which is more commonly known as a bunion, is a deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe. Most people who have bunions develop them from wearing uncomfortable shoes for a long period of time. Women are more likely to have bunions compared to men because they often wear high heels. Bunions are not a life threatening condition; however they can negatively impact one’s quality of life. There are a few non-surgical options for those wishing to treat their bunions. Physiotherapy and the use of devices such as bunion splints and toe spacers can work to alleviate bunion pain; however they may not be effective in the long run.

Bunion surgery usually occurs after non-surgical methods have proved to be ineffective. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctor will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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Monday, 29 August 2016 00:00

Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis

foot painWhen the tendon at the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed and painful, plantar fasciitis occurs. There are risk factors that may make you more susceptible to getting plantar fasciitis. Some of these factors include being a female and being overweight. If your job requires you to stand for long periods of time on a hard surface, you are also more likely to have plantar fasciitis. Another group of people who are at risk for the condition are those who walk or run long distances on a regular basis.  

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, 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 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 Cherry Hill, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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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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