Hailey Baldwin Breaks Foot at 2016 Met Gala

broken-foot6Model Hailey Baldwin broke her foot again at the Met Gala, similar to last year’s event, where she previously broke her foot the first time. Baldwin had tweeted on social media a picture of her foot in a medical boot. She had broken her foot at 2015’s gala while on the way to the airport. She was spotted wearing a long gown and high heels at 2016’s gala, which may have been a possible factor in this year’s fall.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. To learn more, 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.

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 (foot)
  • 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.

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What Causes Blisters?

blister6Blisters are unsightly and can be caused by a myriad of different factors. Luckily, they aren’t too difficult to treat. Ill-fitting shoes that can cause repeated friction and pressure to our feet as well as excessive moisture usually caused by socks can all lead to blisters forming. Blisters are characterized as bubbles that fill with fluid to cushion and protect the damaged skin underneath. Blisters usually heal by themselves, but can become infected, which would require treatment.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, 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.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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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Experts Recommend Enough Moderate Exercise during Pregnancy

pregnancy6Although pregnancy may change your everyday habits and general lifestyle, it’s important to stay active. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends “at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity” during your pregnancy, which can reap various benefits. They include reduced pain, relief from constipation, reduced fatigue, and more. Avoid contact sports however and stick to exercises such as walking, swimming, cycling, and prenatal yoga.

Pregnant women are susceptible to aching and swollen feet and should be treated with care. If you are seeking treatment, 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 foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages.

How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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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Possible Link between Vitamin D and Arthritis Development

Arthritis5According to a study conducted by the University of Saskatchewan, there may be a possible link between vitamin D levels and the risk of developing juvenile arthritis. Vitamin D “has been recognized as important for preventing bone disease and in the function of immune and inflammatory systems,” according to Alan Rosenberg, professor of pediatrics at the University of Saskatchewan.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment,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.

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 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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April was National Foot Health Awareness Month

toenail-fungus7April was the month deemed National Foot Health Awareness, with the American Podiatric Medical Association offering some tips for everyone about taking care of their feet. Heel pain is one of the most common ailments of the feet, and the APMA suggests “wearing shoes with shock-absorbent soles, rigid shanks and supportive heel counters.” Proper shoe fitting is important in ensuring that your feet are protected. Other tips include wearing moisture-wicking stocks to prevent blisters, drying between your toes to prevent fungal infections, applying moisturizer and sunscreen often, taking a break from nail polish if you wear it often, and having your feet checked often by your podiatrist.

Every day foot care is very important, especially for those that are lacking the proper foot care resources. For more information about everyday foot care, 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.

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 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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What to Look for in the Right Footwear

shoes2When finding the right running shoes, it’s important to remember that everyone’s feet are different. Because everyone’s feet can vary, so can their running styles, or pronation. A well-fitted running shoe should feel snug but not tight in the heel area, have room between your toes to the top of your shoes, and you should be able to move “your forefoot side to side without crossing over into the instep of the shoe.” Also walk a little in a pair of shoes before you buy them, to see if they feel comfortable. Avoid what is commonly known as breaking in your shoes, as your shoes should fit you and not the other way around.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, see one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will treat your condition’s symptoms in addition to many other podiatric-related issues. We also offer house calls throughout Ocean County, Essex County and Hudson County.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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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Hyperhidrosis, the Excessive Sweating Disorder

swimming3Hyperhidrosis is a condition that “currently affects an estimated 7.8 million individuals in the United States,” and is often treated with topical agents. Many patients resort to using antiperspirant, but systemic treatment is recommended for patients suffering from generalized hyperhidrosis. Alternative treatment for hyperhidrosis involves destroying the ecrrine sweat glands, which would stop sweating altogether.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis see one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will treat your condition’s symptoms in addition to many other podiatric-related issues. We also offer house calls throughout Ocean County, Essex County and Hudson County.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment 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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Kevin Punter Out for Remainder of Season Due to Stress Fracture Surgery

ankle-surgeryTennessee’s Kevin Punter had surgery on his foot to treat a stress fracture and will be out on recovery for the remainder of the season. Punter missed four games at the time and had played through the foot injury. “KP is so tough,” says coach Rick Barnes, indicating that Punter played the Kentucky game with his injury.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a foot ailment. To learn more, see one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will treat your condition’s symptoms in addition to many other podiatric-related issues. We also offer house calls throughout Ocean County, Essex County and Hudson County.

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
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. 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 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 Benefits of Going Barefoot at a Young Age

barefoot-running7Parents who often worry about their children going barefoot outside don’t have to worry anymore. The cause of injury to those who are barefoot is low, unless you are located in the city where pathwalks may have sharp objects, or plan to walk on unsafe and unflat surfaces. Skin is also designed to keep out any germs and bacteria, so the risk of being contracting infection through going barefoot is also low. Going barefoot helps stimulate the feet and strengthen the lower legs while also enhancing the sense of balance and being in tune with a natural background.

Barefoot running has its own share of benefits and disadvantages. 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.

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 and ankles and the 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 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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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.

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