By Foot Health Center LLC
December 23, 2020
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Feet  

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:

  1. Bathe your feet with mild soap and water daily. Dry them completely with a soft towel.
  2. Apply moisturizer to avoid dry skin and cracking. Do not put it between the toes.
  3. Don dry, clean socks every day or any time you sweat. Alternate your shoe choices.
  4. Do not go barefoot, even in your home, to avoid injury.
  5. Purchase quality shoes that fit correctly, particularly in the toes.
  6. Elevate your feet after a long day to promote circulation and reduce swelling.
  7. Use clean nail clippers to trim your nails straight across the toes. Do not round them as this causes ingrown nails.
  8. Look at all foot surfaces every day to discover any changes in skin temperature, texture, or integrity.
  9. If you have corns or calluses, do not remove them yourself. See your podiatrist.
  10. 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.

Happy feet

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.

By Foot Health Center LLC
October 21, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

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,

Manage Pain

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.

By Foot Health Center LLC
June 10, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Hammertoes  

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.

By Foot Health Center LLC
April 10, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

Does this scenario sound familiar? Over time, you've acquired a large, firm lump just below your big toe on one or both of your feet. This lump may not be painful, but if it is, a day of wearing shoes can be excruciating. If so, you likely have a bunion. This common foot ailment is seen regularly by our staff of podiatrists at Foot Health Center LLC in West Orange, New Jersey. Below, the causes of bunions are discussed, as well as how to prevent them.

Bunion basics

It's surprising to many people that bunions aren't actually a new growth; instead, they are a gradual displacement of the joint just behind the big toe on the inside of the foot. Bunions seem to have a genetic aspect; that is, if your grandmother or mother had bunions, your feet are at more of a risk of developing them as well. Wearing narrow, pointed shoes also seems to crowd the toes and cause strain on the foot, which can lead to the outgrowth of bone. That's why your West Orange podiatrist sees more women - who frequently wear shoes that have small, uncomfortable toe boxes - with bunions, than men. Other conditions like arthritis may worsen bunions.

Banishing bunions

As mentioned above, some people may be genetically or medically prone to developing bunions, but there are things you can do to decrease your chance of developing them or making them worse. Regardless of the progression of your bunions, wearing comfortable, roomy shoes in the proper size can make a big difference for you. An evaluation from your West Orange podiatrist can determine if you're wearing the correct size and width for your foot anatomy. Special padded splints can also help to cushion the big toe and hold it in a more natural position. Persistently bothersome bunions may need to be corrected with surgery.

If you think you're dealing with a bunion, or for any other foot and ankle related problem, contact Foot Health Center in West Orange, New Jersey to make an appointment with one of our skilled podiatrists. We can be reached at 973-731-1266.

By Foot Health Center LLC
April 09, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Sprained Ankle  

Even minor accidents and falls can cause a sprained ankle. Know the signs.

Strains, sprains and breaks…. these are all common ankle problems and sometimes it isn’t easy to tell them apart. Perhaps you stepped off the curb wrong, twisted your ankle while going down the steps or experienced a sports-related injury. Either way, it’s important to be able to distinguish a sprain from other issues so that you know when to turn to our West Orange, NJ, podiatrists for immediate care.

Common signs of a sprained ankle include,

  • Immediate pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Bruising or discoloration
  • Pain that intensifies when putting weight on the foot
  • Being unable to walk

Dealing with any of these symptoms? If so, it’s time to visit our podiatrists right here in West Orange, NJ, for an evaluation. Leaving a sprained ankle untreated can lead to long-term pain, weakness and instability.

How is a sprained ankle diagnosed?

First, a podiatrist will examine the ankle, moving it in a variety of positions to check mobility and range of motion. This can also help us determine which ligaments are damaged. If your symptoms are indicative of something more serious such as a fracture, then we may perform an X-ray. Imaging tests can also determine the extent of the damage, as well as rule out certain injuries and problems.

How is a sprained ankle treated?

It’s important that you rest and stay off your ankle as much as possible while it heals. The healing process will vary depending on the extent of the injury. If the sprain is mild you may be able to treat the problem on your own through,

  • Bracing or wrapping the ankle
  • Taking painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Icing the ankle
  • Elevating the foot (to reduce swelling)
  • Limiting movement and getting ample rest

A mild sprain can take anywhere from 10 days to 14 days to heal, while more severe sprains may take several weeks. More serious sprains may require a protective boot and crutches to ensure that you stay off the ankle completely until it has fully healed. Sometimes physical therapy and rehabilitation is recommended to help restrengthen the muscles and ligaments of the foot and ankle to prevent future injuries.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a sprained ankle right here in West Orange, NJ, it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist. Call Foot Health Center at (973) 731-1266. Telemedicine appointments are also available. Contact our office for more details.





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