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Wednesday, 25 January 2023 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

An injury that breaks through the skin is called a wound. Small wounds on the feet may heal naturally whereas larger and deeper wounds may require assistance. After the hands are thoroughly washed, pressure can be applied to stop existing bleeding. This is generally followed by cleaning the wound with water and saline solution and removing any foreign objects from it. Many times an antibiotic cream is applied to it to help prevent an infection from developing. A dressing is then put over it and changed daily to ensure the wound is kept clean. Wounds can develop for various reasons and generally require prompt medical attention. Wounds can occur due to a human or animal bite, an injury, or getting cut by a dirty or rusty object. Additionally, if there is blood coming from the wound that cannot be stopped, it is strongly urged to contact a podiatrist who can effectively treat wounds on the feet.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

How Can Common Sports Injuries Be Prevented?

Anyone who participates in sports or running activities knows that sooner or later they are liable to sustain some type of foot, toe, or ankle injury. Precautions that can help you to avoid such injuries are warming up before exercising and resisting the urge to do more than your body is prepared for. Additionally, it can help to increase exercise levels slowly. Most sports injuries are caused by doing too much too soon, overestimating your stamina and strength, and poor technique. Other causes include overtraining by pushing your body too hard, accidents, and using poor equipment. This last cause includes wearing shoes that do not fit properly, are wrong for the activity, or fail to provide proper support and cushioning needed for that sport. It is also important to pay attention to any pain you may incur during sports activities. Ignoring it can make a mild injury or condition much worse. Furthermore, continuing play or exercise despite the pain can increase the time it takes to recover. Seeking medical advice from a podiatrist when you experience foot, toe or ankle pain is a wise course of action. A podiatrist can make a thorough examination, determine the cause of the pain, and provide appropriate treatment options. 

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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

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Wednesday, 11 January 2023 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Types of Sprains in the Foot

The foot bears the weight of the entire body with every step taken. Most foot sprains occur in two main areas, the midfoot, which includes the arch, and the 1st metatarsal joint, which is the base of the big toe. Midfoot sprains are generally the result of a sports-related fall or collision. Another cause of a midfoot sprain is the twisting of the area common among snowboarders, windsurfers, and divers. Ballet dancers and horseback riders are also at a higher risk for midfoot sprains. The joint at the base of the big toe, known as the MPJ or metatarsophalangeal joint, is the site of a sprain often called turf toe. It is the result of the repetitive action and sudden burst of energy that causes the ligaments in this joint to become overstretched. This type of MPJ sprain is common among football players and ballet dancers. Symptoms of a foot sprain are pain, swelling, and tenderness. Some bruising may also take place, and with serious sprains, bearing weight becomes difficult. For guidance on how to deal with sprains in the foot, please consult a podiatrist. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

A Broken Foot Is a Common Foot Injury

It is easy to slip, fall, and incur a broken foot. A fractured foot is a common injury that can happen suddenly or from chronic overuse. It may also occur from twisting it beyond its normal range of motion or when a heavy object drops on it. The symptoms often experienced with a broken foot include consistent pain, the inability to walk, and the foot may be bruised or swollen. In severe fractures, a bone may have become displaced, and will need to be put back into place, often through surgery. Many people who have a broken foot will have a proper diagnosis performed, which consists of having an X-ray taken. This is helpful in determining the severity of the fracture and treating it accordingly. It is common for patients who have fractured their foot to wear a protective boot or a cast, which is helpful in maintaining stability as the healing process occurs. If you have endured a broken foot, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist sooner rather than later who can help you with the correct treatment.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 in color
  • 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 Millburn, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 28 December 2022 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Who Can Develop Corns?

Corns can develop as a way to respond to pressure inflicted on the feet. For example, when pressure is applied to the feet, corns may develop. Corns are similar to calluses in that they are made up of layers of hardened skin. Many different people can develop corns. In fact, just about anyone can be susceptible to experiencing them, with the exception of babies who have not yet begun walking. Certain people can be at an increased risk of developing corns. These individuals include people who wear ill-fitting shoes. This is because ill-fitting shoes can be a source of pressure to the feet, causing friction and ultimately corns. Another group of individuals that are particularly susceptible to corns are those who frequently walk or run. If you find yourself falling into any of these categories, consider consulting a podiatrist today for more information. 

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

How Is Plantar Fasciitis Treated?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the strong band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia connects the toes to the heel and creates the arch of the foot. When it becomes overused or overstretched, the plantar fascia develops small tears that when inflamed cause pain. The main location of the pain is in the heel, making plantar fasciitis the most common cause of heel pain. There are a number of ways to treat plantar fasciitis. Included are taking pain relief medication, stretching exercises for the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon, and resting your affected foot. Another major way to treat plantar fasciitis is by changing your footwear to shoes with ample arch support and plenty of cushioning. Orthotics and night splints may also be needed to help ease the pain. Icing the heels several times throughout the day is another recommendation. If the heel pain from plantar fasciitis continues or worsens, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer more advanced treatment options. 

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

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

 

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Wednesday, 14 December 2022 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

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