Common Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

plantar-fasciitis6Plantar fasciitis is a commonly known ailment of the feet in which the feet are afflicted with symptoms of pain and discomfort on the heel. Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the plantar fasciia, which stretches along the bottom of the foot. The condition can be caused by flat feet, ill-fitting footwear, standing for too long, a sports injury, or weight gain. One possible treatment for the condition involves using arch support instruments such custom orthotics.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, see one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of 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 are 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 one of our offices located in West Orange, Toms River, Guttenberg, and Elmwood Park, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Louisville Anas Mahmoud to Miss Rest of Season Due to Sprained Ankle

broken-ankle3Louisville forward and center Anas Mahmoud is missing the rest of the 2016 season following a sprained ankle injury during practice in February. Coach Rick Pitino had hoped to have Mahmoud play in the game against Syracuse. Standing at 7 feet, Mahmoud’s foot was stepped on by another player and he was immediately rushed to the hospital. An X-ray was taken and his status at the time indicated he will be on recovery for about three to six weeks.

Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet, see one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

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 can aid in prevention

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 one of our offices located in West Orange, Toms River, Guttenberg, and Elmwood Park, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Kate Winslet Does Scene with Broken Toe Injury

broken-toe3Actress Kate Winslet has broken her toe while filming for the upcoming movie, Triple 9, but persevered and wore high heels for her character’s role. The accident occurred when a heavy chair fell onto the knuckle of Winslet’s big toe as an extra knocked it over. Winslet spoke about her accident, which occurred when she was acting in a scene with co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, see one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related 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 offices located in West Orange, Toms River, Guttenberg, and Elmwood Park, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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New Shoe Trends Push Back High Heels

high-heel14While high heels have been a major staple in fashion, it seems like with their presence in causing injury, more accommodating shoes are gaining popularity. From the new Adidas and Kanye West “Yeezy” collection to cute orthopaedic flats, high heels are taking a back seat to comfort. This may be happening due to the damage the shoes are causing to the feet. If worn for long periods of time, high heels can put stress on your back and the arches of your feet.

High heels have a history for causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, see one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because their style and societal appeal.  Despite this, they can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain. Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in West Orange, Toms River, Guttenberg, and Elmwood Park, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tom Brady Recovering from Sprained Ankle

broken-ankle3Quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots says he’s “feeling better” about the sprained ankle he sustained in the game against the Miami Dolphins. Brady was seen limping at a recent news conference. He was tackled by defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who had landed on him. Brady says “I’ve always dealt with injuries. I’m very confident I know how to deal with injuries,” going on further to say that he’s keen on making a full recovery so he can get back to playing for his team.

Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, see one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

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 can aid in prevention

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 one of our offices located in West Orange, Toms River, Guttenberg, and Elmwood Park, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Link between Gene and Athlete’s Foot

athletes-foot8According to a study, the gene known as CARD9 is heavily related to fungal infections in the feet. Scientist Anne Puel states, “Our research showed that CARD9 deficiency is the genetic cause of dermatophytosis.” This means that patients were left unable to effectively fight fungi. Treatment of fungal infections typically includes antibiotics, healthy hygiene, creams, powders, and regularly changing your socks.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles see one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in West Orange, Toms River, Guttenberg, and Elmwood Park, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Foot Exercises can bring Activity to a Sedentary Lifestyle

stretching4Sitting in chairs all day is bad for your body. But recent studies suggest that standing on flat ground is just as bad, and that these activities are putting our bodies into an unnatural constraint. Sitting for long periods of time is damaging to your circulation and metabolism, while flat ground hinders your natural gait. Repeated activity can lead to the body becoming weaker. It’s important to take care of your body often, to maintain a healthy structure. You can do this by exercising your feet to help train your muscles. Huffington Post recommends going outside barefoot and standing on an uneven surface, like a rock. This will help stretch the structure of your feet.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, see one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in West Orange, Toms River, Guttenberg, and Elmwood Park, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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The Proper Care for Preventing Ingrown Toenails

feet3Ingrown toenails can become a nuisance when they start causing pain. If not treated, ingrown toenails can also lead to infection. There are many ways to prevent ingrown toenails, and those include maintaining your feet often. When cutting your toenails, make sure to cut straight across and refrain from cutting them in a round shape. Avoid wearing footwear that is tightly-fitting and uncomfortable as well as socks that can push your nails. Being mindful of the comfort of your feet is important for maintaining your overall health.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, consult with one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

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 one of our offices located in West Orange, Toms River, Guttenberg, and Elmwood Park, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tumeric may be Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis5Janet Funk, an associate professor of medicine at University of Arizona, and her research team have studied the South Asian spice turmeric to determine its usefulness in treating rheumatoid arthritis. For centuries, the spice has been used to treat many ailments. Traditionally, tumeric has been traditionally known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Rheumatoid arthritis flare ups typically causes the joints to become inflamed. The clinical trial will involve 45 people who will take dietary supplements for a month to determine the safety of the remedy.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, consult with one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

– Swelling & pain in the feet
– Stiffness in the feet
– Pain on the ball or sole of feet
– Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in West Orange, Toms River, Guttenberg, and Elmwood Park, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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APMA Study Finds Americans Don’t Care About Their Feet

corns2The American Podiatric Medical Association recently published a study revealing that much of this nation’s foot pain goes untreated.  In a survey of 1,000 people over the age of 18, 77% reported experiencing foot pain, but only a third of those claim they would see a podiatrist.  Half of the participants with foot pain say that the pain has hindered walking, exercising, playing with grandchildren, and other daily activities.

Among the group who sought podiatric help, 88% reported a quick diagnosis and 76% received treatment that eliminated the problem.  A third of the group said that their visits to the podiatrist exposed other health concerns, such as diabetes, circulatory issues, and nerve issues.

“It’s not surprising to see how many people are affected by foot pain, when survey results show that we view our feet as the least important body part in terms of our overall health and wellbeing,” said AMPA President Frank Spinosa. “Our feet are literally and figuratively the furthest things from our minds.”

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment.  Seek the assistance of one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

What is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek care of a podiatrist when they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as: heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • physical therapy
  • drugs
  • perform surgery on lower extremity fractures
  • orthotic inserts or soles

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in West Orange, Toms River, Guttenberg, and Elmwood Park, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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