broken foot6Cowboys wide receiver, Dez Bryant, initially thought he would be able to play through his broken foot, but time told him that would not be the case. Bryant has since had to go through a second bone graft surgery to fix a bone spur. He stated, “I knew what was at stake. I thought I could potentially perform at a high level despite dealing with this foot. It turned out very unfortunate.”

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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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Monday, 14 March 2016 00:00

Characteristics of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis5The condition known as rheumatoid arthritis is characterized as an autoimmune disease which is chronic and joints in the feet and hands often flare up. This occurs because the body’s immune system is attacking its own healthy cells. Treating and diagnosing your rheumatoid arthritis is a crucial first step in slowing the progression of symptoms. If you experience symptoms such as stiffness and pain anywhere in the joints of your body or irritated eyes, loss of appetite, fatigue, and more, make sure to see a podiatrist. Patients who do not treat their rheumatoid arthritis symptoms can find their symptoms progressing into a terminal illness that can lead to physical disability.

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 doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 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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Monday, 07 March 2016 00:00

Treating Your Toenail Fungus Properly

broken toe3Toenail fungus can become unsightly if not treated properly. Fungal infections that grow on the toenails are characterized as dark or yellow colorations on brittle nails. Toenail fungus may affect adults more commonly as they age, but can be treated with easy remedies at home. Antifungal cream that can be bought over-the-counter should be applied to the afflicted area. Continue treatment as necessary, and trim white spots on your toenails while thinning with a nail file to allow the medicine to absorb properly.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, doing so is not impossible. If you have any concerns with 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.

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 – is 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 and air free.

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 always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

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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Monday, 29 February 2016 08:37

Managing Plantar Warts

childrens feet15An estimated 12% of people worldwide have experienced plantar warts, which also affects about 10-20% of school-aged children at any given period. The condition can easily be contracted due to its nature of being spread by direct or indirect contact. While the condition can be difficult to treat, most plantars warts do disappear over time. Home treatment for plantar warts often involved salicylic acid, which removes the top layers of the wart. Some podiatrists may prescribe cryotherapy to remove more stubborn warts by freezing and destroying wart tissue.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, see one of our podiatrists from Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctors will treat your feet in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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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Monday, 22 February 2016 00:00

Facts About Plantar Fasciitis

plantar fasciitis6If you’re feeling pain in your heel and arch, it may be because of plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the fibrous tissues connecting your heel to your toe become inflamed. Heel pain from plantar fasciitis can flare up during the mornings and continue periodically throughout the day. The different treatment methods for plantar fasciitis include seeing your podiatrist to have your condition properly diagnosed, taking calcium and magnesium supplements, icing your feet to reduce inflammation, and stretching and massaging your muscles.

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 doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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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Monday, 15 February 2016 00:00

Managing Diet and Medications can ease Gout

gout3According to the Las Vegas Review, changing dietary habits and medications can reduce the pains of gout. Eating foods high in purines are the most common cause of gout; they are also some of the most indulgent. Steak, seafood, and beer all raise the levels of acid in your body, which causes the attacks most commonly felt in the big toe. Although hereditary and medications can also induce gout attacks, avoiding consumption of medication in addition to the foods can help reduce overall attacks.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. 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 is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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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foot pain5Although the pain from your New Year’s Eve shoes may still be hurting you, there are some tips to help avoid foot problems during your next night out. Shoes with a pointy toe may look sleek, but they squeeze all the toes together which could reduce in long term issues, such as bunions or hammertoes. Long term use of stilettos and platform pumps can add strain to your entire body due to an uneven weight distribution. Additionally all new shoes can cause friction, creating blisters on the feet if they are not the proper fit. During a night out, be sure to have a proper fitting shoe in order to reduce and prevent any ailments.

Finding a proper fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, consult with one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctors will attend to all of your podiatric 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, proper fitting shoes is 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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ankle surgeryPeyton Manning has recently caused a stir in the football world due to his plantar fasciitis. The star has been suffering from a partial torn in the tendon, causing fans and experts to question his ability to serve as a backup quarterback. Accordingly, many think he should either move on from playing and coach instead in addition to finally having surgery on the foot, a typical last resort for the condition.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a foot ailment. For more information about treatment, consult with one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctors will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

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 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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running shoe9A Danish study suggests that running faster may actually help reduce injuries rather than increase the risk. The Danish study proposes that running faster will decrease the odds of runner’s knee. Runner’s knee occurs when strain is exerted on the knee as runners land on their heels. Research done by the team suggests that the number of strides taken by runners affects the chance of putting more strain on their knees. The more strides you take as you run slower accumulates more load on the knees. However, running faster still does increase the strain on the Achilles tendon and your hamstrings, so try running shorter distances at a faster pace.

Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. For more information about treatment, consult with one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctors will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

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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Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00

Causes of Blisters

blister6Blisters are some of the most common foot conditions patients can develop. Most blisters on the feet are caused by friction, which often occurs when a poor fitting shoe rubs against the skin of the foot. Other skin conditions, such as eczema, Athlete’s foot, bacterial infections or allergic reactions can cause blisters as well. Excessive moisture can cause friction, which in turn can create blisters.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. For more information about treatment, consult with one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctors will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

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 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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