fungal-toenail2Seton High School senior Abby Lamping had suffered a broken ankle during her junior season, effectively placing her on the sidelines. After a successful surgery and rehabilitation, Lamping has another shot at the senior season. The softball player is currently leading the Girls Greater Catholic League. Seton coach Chriss Riggins commented that Lamping’s coaching ability and work ethic is what sets her apart from other players. “She’s always very receptive of any criticism. She asks good questions and plays as much softball as she can. She just really has a passion.”

Whether you are an athlete or a waiter, working on the feet can be detrimental for your foot health. To learn more contact one of our podiatrists of Hudson Foot Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen.

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

Keep your feet healthy and your body will thank you for it.

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

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diabetic-foot-care3The 400,000 plus UK citizens living with diabetes are at an increased risk for having amputations because they are missing their annual National Health Service foot checkups, sources claim. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advises that all diabetics should be tested each year; despite these suggestions, however, an “unacceptable” number of diabetics are missing them. Diabetics can develop high blood-glucose levels, which in turn can lead to nerve damage, poor circulation and reduced feeling in the feet and legs. This makes diabetics prone to missing the development of ulcers, which can lead to amputations.

Diabetic patients must get regular foot checkups to maintain foot health. If you have any concerns about your diabetic feet, Contact one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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runningnewAccording to Huffington Post Healthy Living, the best forms of agility, speed, balance, and power start with a properly supported foot. Although athletic footwear is designed to support and protect the foot with standard shock absorption, it does not protect the natural biomechanic movement of the foot or abnormal pronation of the foot and joints.

To fill that void, athletes can purchase arch supports that are inserted in the shoes specific to the sport they participate in. Having a stable lower half will increase overall performance and help athlete’s prevent injury.
Proper foot support is of utmost importance in foot health. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support
Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support. 

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes.  If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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Monday, 27 April 2015 00:00

Barefoot Running for Beginners

bareBarefoot running, one of the most controversial running trends of today, comes with its hosts of benefits and risks. While barefoot running or running in minimalist shoes can strengthen the muscles of the feet and calves, it can also lead to more injuries for those who have structural issues with their feet or who have had injuries in the past.

Novices interested in trying barefoot running should ease into the practice by starting with short walks either barefoot or in minimalist shoes to help strengthen the core muscles of the feet. Initial runs should be short before slowly being increased over an amount of days. The practice is best when incorporated into a regular fitness routine as opposed to being the primary form of exercise.

If you have any concerns about barefoot running, contact one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC for more information. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running
Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

  • A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
  • Improvement in balance and body  posture
  • Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also some disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

  • Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
  • Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
  • Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you get from wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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anklesprains2Gareth Bale of Real Madrid could have an early end to his season due to a broken toe. The winger injured the toe during training had to miss the team’s game against Rayo Vallecano. Coach Carlo Ancellotti does not want to put Bale at risk for it may hurt him in the long run. Experts believe that his toe may be fracture which will take considerably longer to heal. Bale’s club mate James Rodriguez faced a similar problem earlier in the season and was out for two months.  

A broken toe is extremely painful and needs immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet contact podiatrist one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 13 April 2015 00:00

Steps to Cope with Arthritis

xrayArthritis affects approximately 52 million people in the United States—and these are the people officially diagnosed by a physician. Those suffering from arthritis and its symptoms, however, can benefit from several steps to help cope with the condition.

The first steps one can take involve learning more about the condition, knowing what kind of arthritis one has, and responding to prolonged symptoms by seeing a physician.

Excess weight can add pressure on the joints—especially the feet; therefore exercising, losing weight, and leading an active lifestyle is important. Protect the joints by avoiding using the same joints constantly and alternating movement. Rest and relaxation is also important to avoid straining affected areas.

The feet are one of the most common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, callone of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors can examine your lower extremities to help alleviate your joint pain.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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Monday, 06 April 2015 00:00

Using Honey on Cracked Heels

heighhealsHoney, while typically used as a cooking ingredient, is very useful in remedying dry and cracked heels. The mixture includes warming a cup of honey and stirring in two tablespoons of milk. Once those two ingredients are mixed, cut half of an orange and squeeze the juice into the mixture and it becomes a paste.

Before applying the paste of the heels, wash feet and try to clean off dead skin with a pumice stone. Apply the paste to the heels and let it sit overnight. Regular use of the honey paste should heal the skin in under a month.
Cracked heels can become painful if left untreated. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs
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The Truth about Cracked Heels
Cracked Heels
Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?
Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing
Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.
Moisturizers – applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.
Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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Monday, 30 March 2015 00:00

How to Manage Heel Pain

heelpain2Heel pain is a foot issue that affects millions of people every day. According to Dr. Eric Weinstein, heel pain is often the most common problem podiatrists see in patients and is a condition more likely to occur for people with tight calf muscles and flat feet.

“There’s a ligament that makes up your arch called the plantar fascia and when that pulls, it’s the weakest link that causes inflammation,” said Weinstein. To combat heel pain, Weinstein recommends wearing supportive shoes with a 1-to 2-inch heel and stretching the calf muscle. Icing the affected area and taking anti-inflammatory medications can also help.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting, see one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.




Causes of Heel Pain

  • Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
  • Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
  • Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                     
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change             
  • Excessive running

Treatments
Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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shockwaveRosemary Smith was a full time carer from London when she started to feel shooting pains through her feet. She states she would even feel the pain while standing in her office making photo copies. Smith would often miss out on invitations to parties, exercising, and even found a new job where she could sit down more. After an extensive amount of research, Smith discovered that she had symptoms similar to plantar fasciitis that occurs often in middle aged and overweight individuals. After eight years of suffering from the pain of plantar fasciitis, the forty-five year old discovered shockwave therapy and the treatments have allowed her to live her life again. “My feet still ache if I’ve been shopping or standing for hours, but I don’t have to tiptoe out of bed and can dash off to get the post as soon as it drops through the door,” Smith mentioned.

Shockwave therapy is one of many forms of treatment for plantar fasciitis. If you are interested in receiving shockwave therapy for your lower extremities, contact one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors will assess your needs and give you a professional opinion.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. This technique is used on patients that do not respond well to physiotherapy. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, attacking the source of the problem so treatment lasts for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia.

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If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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flatfleet2According to research published in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, treatment and prevention of a flat foot can reduce the possibility of other major foot ailments. Flat fleet also known as partial or total collapse of the arch has been known to occur mostly in overweight males with blue collar jobs. Often time symptoms such as, pain, swelling, flattening of the arch, and rolling of the ankle, will go on ignored and untreated. Foot and Ankle Surgeon H. Ashley Ledger states, “Flatfoot disorder may gradually worsen to the point that many of the tendons and ligaments in the foot and ankle are simply overworking.” Early treatment is important in flatfeet since ignoring the condition can lead to even more serious conditions including arthritis and loss of function.

Certain sports and physical activities may become difficult for children with flat feet. If you suspect that your child has the condition, speak to one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors will answer any of your foot and ankle related questions and attend to all of your podiatric needs.


What are Flat Feet?
Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth. 


Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.   


Symptoms:

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe.
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
  • Flat look to one or both feet.
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 


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amkleprobAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one million Americans are seen by doctors for symptoms of plantar fasciitis each year. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligament that runs from the heel bone to the base of the tones becomes inflamed; the inflammation is was usually causes the heel pain. Plantar fasciitis can occur through obesity, having too high or too low of an arch, and participation of activities where your foot or heel hits the ground repeatedly such as running. Some ways to reduce the stress placed on the ligament include: icing, taping the arch and bottom of the foot, stretching the lower extremities, wearing orthotics, and taking anti-inflammatories. If those methods do not do the trick, cortisone injections, shockwave therapy, and extracorporeal pulse activation therapy can also be used.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, visit Dr. Catherine J. Minnick from Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of a 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 is 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 offices located in North Bergen, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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surgeryNascar’s Kyle Busch has been suffering from chronic inflammation in his left foot. He recently underwent surgery to resolve the issues in his lower extremity. After his surgery his wife made to social media to show his fans how well the driver was doing post-surgery by posting a photo of him playing video games and wearing a boot on the injured foot. She captioned the photo, “He’s doing great!” Busch is expected to make a full recovery before the new season starts in February 2015 and will not miss out on any preseason preparation since there will not be any off season testing this year.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary when non-surgical methods do not work to alleviate pain. If you are struggling with a foot or ankle condition, talk to one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle 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
- Reconstruction to attend injuries caused by accidents or malformations

What Types of Surgery Are There?
The type of surgery you receive will be dependent on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings

Benefits of Surgery
Although surgery is usually a last resort, when it is undertaken, if can provide more complete pain relief than before, and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Such techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Jersey City and North Bergen, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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runnersAfter visiting a local Nike store, Britt Aboutaleb of Yahoo! Beauty shares what she has discovered is the most helpful and effective way of shopping for running shoes. Regardless of where you shop, the salesperson should ask you certain questions: “How often do you run? How many miles? Do you run on a treadmill, the road, a trail? Are you training for anything? What’s your average pace?”
Even more helpful is if your sales associate can observe you running; at Nike, Aboutaleb’s salesperson filmed her running and let the Nike in-store app determine at what angle her foot hit the ground and followed through—pronation. Determining whether or not you overpronate or supinate is helpful in selecting a running shoe that will provide you with the best support.

Shopping for running shoes that best suit your needs may seem daunting. If you need help in choosing the right shoe, speak to one of our podiatrists from Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors can attend to any of your podiatric needs.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type
Although it seems simple, running is in fact a complex movement that places stress on the joints, bones, and ligaments of the body. To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes is centered around pronation, which is the rolling of the ankle from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even go barefoot
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. Runners who supinate require shoes with more flexibility and cushion

To learn about your foot type, visit a local shop that specializes in running shoes. Professionals will be able to measure your stride, gait, and arch type and inform you of your footwear needs, which come in handy for future reference.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located or North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

Alternative Methods for Bunion Pain Relief

bunions10In response to a concern over increasing bunion pain and shoes that hurt, Mayo Clinic reports that while surgery is an option to consider for bunion pain, it is not the only treatment available for the condition. One of the first steps one should take to relieve bunion pain is to change footwear and wear shoes with a wide toe box and soft leather uppers, which will relieve pressure on bunions.  Stretching out shoes can also aid in decreasing irritation and make them feel more comfortable. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen are pain-relieving medications one can take that may help control bunion pain, as well as cortisone injections.

To avoid extended pain, consider bunion treatment as soon as possible. For more information about bunion treatments, consult with one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality care.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth enlargement, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big to become inflamed and often painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary, particularly among Caucasians
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that place undue stress on feet, such as heels and stilettos, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Podiatrists knowledgeable in anatomy and foot structure can be able to diagnose bunions through the following two methods:

  • Blood Tests – to help rule out other conditions while finding underlying causes to bunions, especially from disease
  • Radiological Exam- X-rays can show whether there are any joint enlargements near the toe’s base, which can indicate a bunion

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Monday, 09 February 2015 00:00

Everyday Foot Care in the Winter

orthotics1Winter is a season in which the feet are often neglected, as the feet are usually kept wrapped up in shoes. This makes winter foot care especially important. Keeping the feet healthy during the colder months is easy, however, with a few simple tips. Moisturizing the feet is one of the most important measures one can take to keep the feet looking fresh and healthy. Wearing thick shoes and thick socks during the winter is important to keep them protected from harsh temperatures, and can go a long way towards foot health. Pedicures and hot water treatments can help relax tense and weathered feet, while drinking plenty of water will help keep the skin hydrated.

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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