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Monday, 14 August 2017 00:00

How to Care for Your Child’s Feet

Children’s feet tend to be way more vulnerable to deformities compared to those of adults. This is because younger bones are softer in comparison, which allows them to easily be affected by abnormal pressures and forces. Certain foot-related conditions that are commonly found in children are out-toeing, low muscle tone, pigeon toes, and warts. It is critical that you are putting your child’s feet into shoes that are suitable and fit them properly. Avoid purchasing shoes that are too long and broad, or too short and narrow for the feet.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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, 08 August 2017 00:00

How to Prevent Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a common occurrence, and they happen as a result of the toenail growing into the skin that surrounds it. It is more common for the big toe to suffer from ingrown toenails more than any other toe on the foot. If you are looking to avoid getting an ingrown toenail, try to cut straight across instead of in a rounded or angled shape. Cutting your nails in an angled shape may allow for the nail to puncture the skin, which may lead to an ingrown toenail. Other causes of ingrown toenails include shoes that are too narrow, sweaty feet, or socks that fit too tightly. Genetics may also be a factor in one’s ability to develop an ingrown toenail.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right 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 and ankle needs.

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Marathon runner Peter Loong recently told a story about how he forgot his shoes before getting ready to compete. He was able to receive advice from a barefoot runner who gave him several tips and tricks in order to compete without sneakers. In regards to how he performed, Loong said, “I ran (barefooted) behind the group the whole way... At the end point, even I was shocked that I made it.” Nevertheless, it is no secret that barefoot running requires a certain technique. These runners are required to land on their heels first instead of on the balls of their feet, since this method tends to protect against injury. Loong says that he would not recommend any beginner barefoot runner to run a marathon because the technique takes a while to perfect.

Barefoot running has its own share of benefits and disadvantages. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running
- Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
- Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running
- When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced; this can reduce stress injuries.
- It strengthens muscles in the feet, ankles and lower legs.
- Balance of the body is improved, and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running
- No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
- Blisters may form.
- Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
- Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of 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, 25 July 2017 00:00

The Dangers of Overuse Injuries

Injuries are a common problem for athletes of all sports. It is important that you take preventative measures so that you can avoid encountering any injuries such as sore knees and sprained ankles. One of the most common causes of injuries for runners is overuse. Overuse injuries are the result of pushing your muscles, tendons, and bones past the limit they are used to. A tip to avoid overuse injuries is to ease your way into a new running routine so that you are not doing too much, too soon. Another helpful tip is to replace your sneakers after every 500 miles of use, since worn-out sneakers make you much more susceptible to injury.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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, 18 July 2017 00:00

Signs You May Have Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus usually appears as yellow or white spots on the toenail. A fungus can drastically alter the appearance of a foot by thickening the toenail and making it appear crumbly. Nevertheless, studies have shown that men are far more likely to develop fungus when compared to women. Another factor that plays a role in fungi susceptibility is age. As you grow older, you are more likely to develop a fungus on your feet. Although toenail fungus typically isn’t life threatening, you should want to treat it as soon as possible to help maintain healthy feet. If you have diabetes, it is especially important that you treat the fungus in order to prevent any complications that may occur.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – The most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic: Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean.

Talcum powder – Applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

Alternative Treatments

There are surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would prefer the immediate and quick removal of toenail fungus through laser surgery. Consult with yOur doctors about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 00:00

The Importance of Foot Care

There are many different types of conditions that you may experience in your feet, and they become more noticeable during the summer when you show them off the most. A notoriously famous issue that people experience is toenail fungus. Toenail fungus has the power to make your beautiful toenails become discolored, thick, and brittle. One of the earliest signs of toenail fungus is a white speck near the edge of a nail that spreads to your other nails. Another problematic foot condition may be the development of corns. Corns and calluses are often the result of an excess amount of friction on the feet. They often form on the outside of the small toe and appear as thickened mounds of skin. If you are dealing with toenail fungus or painful corns, you should make an appointment with your podiatrist in order to treat your condition.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. 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.

Everyday 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. 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 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. 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 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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Ole Miss recently endured a big loss when they learned their shortstop had suffered a broken foot. Shortstop Greg Kessinger is expected to miss the rest of the season with the injury. Kessinger had an x-ray on his foot which revealed the fracture, however his surgery to repair it has not been scheduled. The young shortstop suffered the injury while playing ping-pong in the players lounge at the SEC Tournament. He had been the everyday shortstop all season, hitting .175, with 2 home runs, 5 doubles and 16 RBIs.

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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The Cleveland Browns recently learned that their top pick, Myles Garrett, suffered a sprain in his left foot. Garrett suffered the injury during the late stages of a practice and was seen grabbing his foot in pain immediately afterward. He is currently in a walking boot and is expected to receive treatment before the Browns training camp opens in late July. Although Garrett played most of last season with a severely sprained left ankle, the team was very impressed with him during spring workouts. According to the team’s defensive coordinator, “It is still way early, but you guys are going to see a pretty good football player when he gets the chance to get out there and go.”

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains 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 and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 00:00

Dodgers' Prospect Suffers Broken Toe

Mitchell White of the Los Angeles Dodgers is expected to miss 4-6 weeks of game time with a broken toe. The right-handed pitcher was selected from Santa Clara University in the 65th round of the 2016 draft, and has made it up to high A ball in the Dodgers' minor league system. Prior to the injury, White compiled a 3.72 era and managed to have a strike to ball ratio of 49:16. Fortunately the injury will not require surgery, and he could return to gameplay sometime around the middle of July.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. 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 one of 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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Gregory Polanco of the Pittsburgh Pirates is expected to be sidelined for a few games after being diagnosed with a sprained right ankle. Fortunately for Polanco, he will be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list. The injury looked a lot worse when the outfielder had to be carted off the field in a game against the Diamondbacks. Jose Osuna is expected to fill in while Polanco is out, and will likely get to start in right field. Osuna is hitting .231, with 12 RBI’s, and 3 home runs in 86 plate appearances this season.

Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. 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.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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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