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.

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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