Sam Mikulak used PRP Injections

black-runnerSam Mikulak is the best male gymnast in the United States and competed in the 2012 Olympic games in London. Mikulak recently had surgery on his foot, which kept him out of competing in the World Championship. He also received PRP injections, in order to help expedite the healing process for his torn Achilles tendon. During the time he was injured, Mikulak was able to successfully rehabilitate his left ankle as well as his torn Achilles tendon. Mikulak was fully healed in time to compete for a spot on the 2016 Olympic roster, and ended up making the team.

If you are suffering from a foot condition, contact one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood taken from a patient and spun in a centrifuge, concentrating the amount of platelets. The plasma is then re-injected into the site of injury or damage, assisting the body in repairing damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue. PRP helps the body speed up in its healing process.

Uses of PRP

Injuries affecting the foot sometimes don’t heal properly because of poor blood circulation. The healing time slows down and recovery time is affected by poor blood supply. PRP injections will speed up recovery and resolve this issue.

Treatment

PRP is the first regenerative treatment for damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. No surgery needed. It is only applied with an insertion of a needle.

Ultrasound – An ultrasound is needed for proper placement of the platelets

Injection – When the first injection is received, the patient will return to the doctor in about 2 to 3 weeks and monitor the recovery process.

Recovery time – Some people respond to treatments differently. Therefore, depending on your condition, the doctor will make any remaining decisions on how many more injections are needed, or if any additional ones are even required.

Benefits

One will be able to avoid major surgery, and recovery time will be cut down. PRP injections also avoid minimal scar tissue and damage to the area. Risks are also very low using PRP as a treatment. There is no risk of rejection, contracting a disease from using another person’s blood, or infection.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office 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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Laser Treatment Could Treat Toenail Fungus

broken-toe2A new laser treatment is believed to be useful in treating toenail fungus. This laser treatment has been tested for five years and has finally received approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The laser treatment is completely painless, and it works to get rid of bacteria, yeast, and fungus that grow under the toenail. The entire treatment itself costs approximately $750. Nevertheless, the FDA approved a protocol of four treatments, one week apart from each other.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctorswill attend to your foot and ankle needs.

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 – is 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 and air free.

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 always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.

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Everything You Need to Know About Hyperhidrosis

childrens-feet11Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can affect any part of the body. However, the condition usually occurs on hands, armpits, the head, and feet. There are prescription antiperspirants that can be used in order to treat hyperhidrosis. Some people even opt to have a procedure called “suction curettage” done in order to suction out sweat glands.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 our office 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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John Ojo Ruptures Achilles Tendon

mother bandaging child's footJohn Ojo, who is the defensive back of Canada’s Edmonton Eskimos, recently ruptured his right Achilles tendon. He suffered the injury during practice and is expected to be out for the rest of the season. Ojo led the team with five interceptions last season, which was also his rookie year.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

– Inflammation

– Dull to Severe Pain

– Increased blood flow to the tendon

– Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

– Extreme pain and swelling in the foot

– Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

– Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise

– Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office 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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Brad Fritsch Dealing with Sesamoiditis

Stretching exercise. Front view of young woman stretching on yoga matTennis player, Brad Fritsch, is battling sesamoiditis. Sesamoiditis is a form of tendinitis in the ball of the foot. Although the condition is painful, it can be treated. In Fritsch’s case, his condition hasn’t gotten any better, and he has been told to stay off his feet. The injury has kept him out of participating in his last two golf events.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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Flip-Flops are not Suitable due to Lacking Support

flip-flops7This time of year flip-flops may seem like the more convenient choice of footwear, but over longer periods of time this proves to be untrue. Due to their extreme lack of support, flip-flops can cause pain in the feet over time. Aside from the straps keeping the shoes on the feet, there is no other form of protection on flip-flops. This allows the lower extremities to become more susceptible to sunburn and fungal infections. Damaged toes, poor posture and heel pain are other issues to consider.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any questions concerning the feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.

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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Athletes should Rest to Recover from Ankle Sprains

broken-ankle3An ankle sprain can be defined as “an over stretching or tearing of ligaments in the ankle part of the foot,” and are often caused by an improper walking or running gait. Athletes are also prone to ankle sprains. Recovery from ankle sprains involves resting your ankle by elevating it. Avoid playing sports or exercising while you’re recovering from an ankle sprain.

Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle 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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Proper Maintenance is Essential for Diabetic Patients

toenail-fungus7If you’re a diabetic, you may have to put in some extra care in managing your feet. Diabetes can lead to the loss of sensation or feeling in the feet, which can further lead to more serious issues such as foot ulcers or even amputation. Seeing your doctor is the most important step in ensuring that your blood glucose levels are stable. Make sure that your shoes are also accommodating for your feet, opting for shoes designed exclusively for diabetic patients.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other 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.

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 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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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.

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 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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