Find out more about the most common foot problem to cause heel pain.
Dealing with heel pain? If so, then it could be plantar fasciitis? This condition is common amongst athletes, particularly runners. If you find yourself dealing with heel pain and you are physically active then our West Orange, NJ, podiatrists are here to tell you how plantar fasciitis could be to blame.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Inside the foot, running along the soles from the toes to the heel is a thick ligament (tissue) known as the plantar fascia, which supports the arches of the feet. If the plantar fascia becomes inflamed or swollen you’ll experience pain that originates at the bottom of your heels when putting weight on the foot or walking. Plantar fasciitis can develop in either one foot or both feet.
What causes this condition?
Plantar fasciitis usually occurs over time, as overuse leads to microtears in the tissue. As this happens, pain and inflammation set in. This is most common in those who are overweight, those who run or walk on hard surfaces for long periods of time, those who pronate when they walk, those with tight Achilles tendons, as well as those with flat feet or high arches.
What are the classic symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
The most common symptom is heel pain that is often at its worse after sitting for long periods of time or first thing in the morning. You may find that the pain lets up a little over the course of the day. Just don’t let the dissipating pain deceive you; if you end up working out you may find that the pain quickly returns.
Along with heel and even arch pain you may also notice stiffness in the foot. If your foot pain occurs most often at night that this might not be plantar fasciitis but it could be a sign of another problem such as arthritis or tarsal tunnel syndrome, which warrants seeing your foot doctor in West Orange, NJ.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
Most people will find that they are able to manage their symptoms with simple at-home measure such as:
- Giving your feet ample rest time
- Avoiding strenuous activities
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
- Performing certain toe and calf stretches multiple times a day
- Wearing proper supportive footwear
- Placing orthotics into your shoes for further support
If you don’t find your symptoms subsiding after a week of at-home care, or if symptoms get worse, then your podiatrist may recommend steroid injections, a night splint, shockwave therapy or other more aggressive treatment options such as surgery for persistent cases.
Don’t let plantar fasciitis become a common problem for you. Our West Orange, NJ, podiatric specialist would be happy to sit down with you and discuss ways to keep your feet safe while still enjoying those daily runs. Call Foot Health Center today to find out how we can help.
Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet. This can be problematic for many individuals, which is why your West Orange, NJ, podiatrists, Dr. Michael Verdi, Dr. Kirsten Discepola, and Dr. Douglas DeLorenzo, are here to help.
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Diabetics need to take special care of their feet, a small cut may result in serious foot issues like nerve damage. It may also:
- Reduce blood flow to the feet
- Infection or a non-healing may risk amputation.
- It's harder to heal an injury or resist infection
To avoid serious foot problems try following your West Orange podiatrists' advice:
- Inspect your feet daily. Check for cuts, blisters, redness and swelling
- Deal with nail problems immediately
- Wear clean, dry socks and change them daily
- Don’t smoke since it restricts blood flow in your feet
- Get periodic foot exams
- Visit your podiatrists regularly so you can help prevent diabetic foot complication
- Wash your feet in lukewarm water, not hot water
- Keep your feet clean by washing them daily
- Moisturize your feet to prevent dry skin from itching or cracking
- Avoid tight elastic bands that reduce blood circulation
- If your feet get cold at night, wear socks
- Don't use a heating pad or hot water bottle
- Shake out your shoes and feel the inside before wearing to ensure no pebbles, or small rocks with sharp edges cut your skin and infect your feet
- Take care of your diabetes and keep your blood sugar levels under control
- Cut nails straight across and file the edges and avoid cutting nails too short
- Never treat corns or calluses yourself, so visit your doctor
Diabetes can cause serious issues. If you have any questions or concerns about diabetes, you should contact your West Orange, NJ, podiatrists Dr. Michael Verdi, Dr. Kirsten Discepola, and Dr. Douglas DeLorenzo. They have the expertise to help figure out and treat your foot issues.
When your foot hurts, it's all you can think about. If your problem is a bunion, find relief with the help of your podiatrist at Foot Health Center in West Orange, NJ. A common, bunions need prompt attention to avoid continued discomfort and dysfunction.
What is a bunion?
A bunion forms at the base of the big toe (the metatarsophalangeal joint) when heredity, pressure, overuse and tight shoes gradually force the big toe out of alignment. That first toe moves toward the second and even third toe.
Obesity contributes to bunions, but even people of ideal weight can develop this deformity. Some patients also suffer from arthritis in their feet which can worsen bunion symptoms. Whatever the predisposing factors, the result is a bony bump that's inflamed and very sore.
How to treat a bunion
Visit your podiatrist in West Orange, NJ. They will inspect your foot, watch you walk and ask about your symptoms. Likely, the doctor will take some X-rays to understand what is happening inside the big toe joint. Then, he or she may recommend one or more of the following conservative treatments:
- Change your shoes to something with more cushioning support and a wider toe box. Avoid heels higher than two inches, says the American Podiatric Medical Association.
- Wear shoe padding (gel or moleskin) to reduce friction on the bunion.
- Wear custom-made orthotics, or shoe inserts, to correct your gait and relieve pressure.
- Use a nighttime splint to gently and gradually re-align the joint.
- Lose weight.
Bunion surgery is an option for adults with severe symptoms and deformity. Depending on the case, the operation may be performed in the office or in the hospital. The surgery realigns the big toe joint and relieves the pressure and pain. The podiatrists at Foot Health Center in West Orange, NJ, specialize in reconstructive foot and ankle surgeries and can correct your foot structure so you function at your very best.
Find out more
If your feet hurt and you suspect you have a bunion, please contact Foot Health Center in West Orange, NJ, for an appointment with one of our podiatrists. You can feel better! Call today: (973) 731-1266.
Have you ever had an ankle sprain? If you have, you well remember the pain, bruising, and limited ability to walk. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons says that ankle sprains number in the millions annually in the United States alone. Read here about the symptoms of this common injury and also how your West Orange, NJ, podiatrists at the Foot Health Center can help.
What is an ankle sprain?
It's a tearing or separation of the three fibrous ligaments which connect bone to bone. It happens in response to a sudden twisting motion if someone runs on an uneven surface, steps into a hole or simply wears shoes that don't properly support the ankle.
- Limited range of motion and ability to walk and bear weight
Diagnosis and treatment of an ankle sprain
Your experienced podiatrists at the Foot Health Center in West Orange have diagnosed and treated many ankle sprains. They listen carefully to patient symptoms, visually inspect the ankle and test range of motion. An X-ray or other sophisticated imaging pinpoints the injured area and rules out fracture.
Treatment for ankle sprains depends upon the extent of the injury and could include:
- Rest (staying off your feet because continued walking produces additional injury)
- Ice to reduce swelling and pain
- Compression with an elastic bandage
- Elevation of the foot
- A boot or soft cast to provide support
- Crutches to avoid weight bearing on the limb
- Over the counter analgesics, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain
- Physical therapy to improve range of motion and to strengthen the extremity to prevent further injury
If necessary, your foot doctors can perform surgery to stabilize the ankle and repair severely compromised ligaments. Follow-up care with physical therapy is very important after surgery to return the ankle to full function, stability and strength.
Trust the experts
If you've injured your ankle, don't guess at the extent of the problem or at how to treat it. Get expert and compassionate care from the podiatrists at Foot Health Center in West Orange, NJ. We are open Monday through Friday and have availability for emergencies. Call (973) 731-1266.
An ingrown toenail usually begins as a minor inconvenience. Unfortunately, this condition can quickly go from mild to severe, causing serious pain and discomfort. Luckily, you can learn to prevent ingrown toenails and identify factors which could contribute to ingrown toenail development with Foot Health Center in West Orange, NJ.
What causes an ingrown toenail?
A toenail becomes ingrown when it curls down on the sides, putting pressure onto or even piercing the skin. If left untreated, ingrown toenails can cause pain, discomfort, swelling, and infection. Ingrown toenails occur for several reasons, including:
- wearing ill-fitting shoes
- improperly cutting the toenails
- wearing too-tight socks
- underlying conditions
Preventing Ingrown Toenails
Preventing an ingrown toenail is often as simple as making some small lifestyle changes. Avoid wearing too-tight, high-heeled, or narrow shoes which do not allow the toes to sit flat in the toe box. When cutting the toenails, you should take care to cut them straight across the top and avoid cutting them too short. Do not curve the sides down as this contributes to the development of ingrown toenails. Be sure to keep the feet clean and dry at all times, wearing a new pair of socks daily. This will help decrease the chances of an ingrown toenail becoming infected.
Ingrown Toenail Treatments in West Orange, NJ
Depending on its severity, treating an ingrown toenail usually begins at home. Soaking the foot in a warm water bath helps reduce swelling and decrease pain. After soaking the toe, place a piece of cotton or dental floss under the side of the toenail to help it grow above the skin rather than into it. Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen can also reduce pain and swelling. Wearing open-toed shoes can help reduce irritation.
If these methods of home treatment fail, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic cream to apply to the affected toe. They may also lift the nail to help aid the growth of the nail. In severe cases, your doctor will remove part of the nail. If your ingrown toenail recurs often, your podiatrist may suggest removing the entire nail and part of the nail bed to prevent that portion of the nail from growing back in the future.
For more information on ingrown toenails, please contact your podiatrist at Foot Health Center in West Orange, NJ. Call 973-731-1266 to schedule your appointment with your Foot Health Center podiatrist today!
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