At Foot Health Center in West Orange, NJ, our skilled podiatrists help athletes stay on top of their foot and ankle health. Everyone should take care of their feet, but athletes and those who are particularly active are at a higher risk of mishaps with their feet and ankles. If you are an athlete a podiatrist could be an important lifeline when you have an accident.
Very active athletes are prone to strains and sprains and certain foot and ankle problems. Whether you're a professional athlete or just like to stay active, it's important to have a podiatrist you trust. Come see us in West Orange, NJ, to keep yourself healthy. Our goal is to provide comprehensive care suited for you and your lifestyle. We keep your activity level and strength in mind to design a care plan fit for you.
We also aim to educate you on the best way to avoid injuries and keep yourself safe while staying active. Proper technique and form can help avoid injury when exercising, but we are here to treat you if you do have an injury. If you've had a foot or ankle injury your podiatrist could prescribe a number of things including exercises to stretch and strengthen the foot, orthotics to wear in your shoes, or medication to manage pain.
Your treatment plan takes into consideration not just your injury, but also your lifestyle and athleticism. After an injury physical therapy can help rehabilitate but your podiatrist may have other guidelines or restrictions for you to follow.
If you are an athlete or extremely active, a podiatrist could be an important lifeline for you. The podiatrists at Foot Health Center are dedicated to helping you preserve your foot health! Contact us for an appointment in West Orange, NJ, at (973) 731-1266.
Find out how this special shockwave technology could ease your foot pain.
EPAT, which stands for extracorporeal pulse activation technology, has become a popular and effective way for our West Orange, NJ, podiatrists to treat painful injuries and conditions of the feet and ankles. Whether you are dealing with acute or chronic foot pain, injuries to soft tissue or other musculoskeletal problems, our podiatry team can help you get your stubborn pain under control with EPAT.
What is EPAT?
This special handheld device delivers shockwaves to certain areas of the foot or ankle to stimulate blood flow and speed up the body’s natural healing processes. EPAT is FDA-cleared and effective pain-relieving treatment for those in West Orange, NJ, who are dealing with,
- Heel pain caused by Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis
- Foot pain
- Overuse injuries
- Stress fractures
- Shin splints
People dealing with chronic heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis tend to turn to EPAT treatment here in West Orange, NJ, when at-home treatment options aren’t providing ideal pain control. Before turning to more serious medications or invasive procedures or surgeries, you may want to consider what EPAT therapy can offer.
What should I expect from EPAT treatment?
This in-office treatment usually takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and it’s completely painless. When you come into our office, we will apply a special gel to the area that we are treating before guiding a handheld device over the area. This device will send shockwaves to the area to promote healing. This procedure is non-invasive, does not require anesthesia and patients can leave our office right away with no downtime.
Some patients notice a marked improvement in their symptoms right away. You may even find that you’re able to return to your normal activities within the next day or two without pain. Of course, we understand that everyone’s pain is different. Most people will require multiple sessions over the course of several weeks, depending on the type and severity of their condition. This is something that we can discuss and plan out with you during your consultation.
Are you interested in getting EPAT treatment from our West Orange, NJ, podiatrists? To find out if you’re an ideal candidate, call Foot Health Center today at (973) 731-1266. We’d be happy to schedule an evaluation with our team.
Diabetes impacts every aspect of your life--and your body from head to toe. To prevent complications, the doctors at Foot Health Center recommend diligent diabetic care at home and in their West Orange, NJ, office. Here's what Drs. Verdi, Discepola, Botros, and DeLorenzo want you to know.
Proper foot care
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that half of diabetic Americans experience peripheral neuropathy, the reduced nerve function in feet and hands caused by fluctuating blood sugars. Plus, many patients have reduced peripheral circulation. Combine these conditions, and you set the stage for injuries, infections, and deformities--even amputations.
However, with daily foot care, you minimize the chances of poor podiatric health. Be sure to manage your blood sugars, take your medications as your primary care physician prescribes, and maintain a healthy diet and vital lifestyle.
Here are additional foot care tips from your friends at Foot Health Center in West Orange, NJ:
- Bathe your feet with mild soap and water daily. Dry them completely with a soft towel.
- Apply moisturizer to avoid dry skin and cracking. Do not put it between the toes.
- Don dry, clean socks every day or any time you sweat. Alternate your shoe choices.
- Do not go barefoot, even in your home, to avoid injury.
- Purchase quality shoes that fit correctly, particularly in the toes.
- Elevate your feet after a long day to promote circulation and reduce swelling.
- Use clean nail clippers to trim your nails straight across the toes. Do not round them as this causes ingrown nails.
- Look at all foot surfaces every day to discover any changes in skin temperature, texture, or integrity.
- If you have corns or calluses, do not remove them yourself. See your podiatrist.
- See your foot doctor once a year (or more often as he or she deems necessary). Call the office right away if you have a question or see a problem developing.
You can have them if you pay careful attention to how they look, act, and feel. Diabetic foot care is indispensable. Please allow Foot Health Center in West Orange, NJ, to partner with you. Call for an appointment with Dr. Michael Verdi, Dr. Kirsten Discepola, Dr. Douglas DeLorenzo, or Dr. Merihan Botros: (973) 731-1266.
Most of the time you can ease your heel pain through at-home, conservative care.
Heel pain can be quite a nuisance; however, you may find relief in knowing that with some rest and simple home care strategies you’ll be feeling better in weeks. Most heel pain is caused by plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, two common overuse injuries that require ample rest to allow the foot time to heal properly. If you are dealing with heel pain in West Orange, NJ, here’s how to treat it,
There are several strategies that you can employ to help manage your pain. These may include,
- Taking a simple anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) such as ibuprofen, which can temporarily alleviate pain and swelling. If your heel pain is severe, our West Orange, FL, podiatrist may prescribe a stronger pain reliever.
- Rest as much as possible and avoid running and other high-impact exercises and activities that will only make inflamed tissue worse. You should wait until your symptoms have fully gone away before going back to your normal workout routine.
Stretch it Out
There are a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises designed specifically for those dealing with plantar fasciitis related heel pain. You may choose to roll a ball or frozen water bottle under the arches of your foot to alleviate pressure and pain or towel stretching. Performing these exercises in the AM may help to reduce the severity of your symptoms first thing in the morning.
Protect Your Feet
It’s also important that you aren’t going barefoot while dealing with heel pain. Provide your feet with ample support, cushioning and protection right now. This includes wearing supportive shoes that fit properly and aren’t worn out, as well as placing shoe inserts or custom orthotics into your shoes.
We know how frustrating heel pain can be. If your heel pain isn’t going away or getting better with these simple home strategies then it’s time to turn to our West Orange, FL, podiatric team for answers. Call Foot Health Center at (973) 731-1266.
it’s important to spot the telltale signs of a hammertoe before it gets worse.
A hammertoe is actually a common foot deformity that typically affects the middle joint of the smaller toes. Our West Orange, NJ, podiatrists believe it’s important for people to recognize the early signs of a hammertoe so that they can seek proper treatment to prevent the condition from getting worse.
What is a hammertoe?
A hammertoe causes the toes to curve downward, resembling a claw. Of course, this problem occurs over time, so it won’t cause significant changes in your toes right away. In the very beginning, you may only notice that the toes only slightly curve downwards; however, this deformity can get worse if not properly cared for.
What causes hammertoes?
Many people develop them because there is some sort of structural imbalance or abnormality in the foot that affects the muscles and tendons. As a result, this imbalance pulls at the toe, altering their shape. While they may not seem to cause you problems in the very beginning, hammertoes can become immobile. Severe hammertoes can also cause pain, stiffness and difficulty walking.
What are the signs and symptoms of a hammertoe?
Along with the obvious changes in the overall shape of your toes you may also notice,
- A corn or callus develops on the bent joint of the toe
- Pain or discomfort when wearing shoes
- Swelling, inflammation or burning in the affected toes
If you have nerve damage or diabetes and you notice any of these symptoms it’s particularly important that you turn to our West Orange, NJ, board-certified podiatrist for immediate medical attention.
What are some ways to treat a hammertoe?
When you come in for your initial evaluation, we will usually be able to diagnose your hammertoe through a simple physical exam; however, we may need to take imaging tests to determine the severity.
Based on the severity of your hammertoe, we will then determine the best course of action for managing your symptoms. For milder cases, the goals of treatment are to manage symptoms and to prevent the deformity from getting worse. Treatments may include,
- Non-medicated protective padding (to prevent corns and calluses from forming)
- Prescription orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Medications (pain relievers; anti-inflammatories)
- Properly fitted footwear with wide toe boxes
- Toe and foot exercises
If the hammertoe is rigid and causing serious discomfort, then your podiatrist may recommend surgery to correct the deformity.
If you are faced with foot pain, changes in the overall shape or structure of your feet or noticing any hard bumps or deformities it’s important that you turn to your podiatrist here in West Orange, NJ, for care. Foot Health Center also offers telemedicine visits. Call us today at (973) 731-1266 to schedule an in-person or online appointment.
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