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Tuesday, 23 July 2024 00:00

Managing Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic foot wounds are a significant concern for individuals managing diabetes, with up to a third of patients developing foot problems during their lifetime. Early signs include dry skin and calluses, which can progress to poorly healing ulcers on the feet or toes. These complications arise from nerve and blood vessel damage that results from high blood sugar levels over a long period. Factors like wearing tight shoes, foot deformities, and thick calluses can increase the risk. This damage reduces the foot's sensitivity to pressure and injuries, leading to unnoticed and untreated wounds that are slow to heal. Preventive measures, such as proper foot care, wearing well-fitting shoes, and avoiding injuries, are essential in reducing the risk of diabetic ulcers. Regular visits to a podiatrist play an essential role in the early detection and management of diabetic foot problems. Podiatrists can provide comprehensive care, including examining the skin, assessing blood flow, and testing nerve sensitivity, which may prevent minor issues from developing into severe complications. If you are suffering from diabetic foot complications, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options.

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, contact one of our podiatrists from New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially 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, as 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 our office located in Oradell, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Exercises May Help Arch Pain

Arch pain is discomfort or inflammation in the arch of the foot, often caused by overuse, flat feet, high arches, or plantar fasciitis. It can manifest as a dull ache or a sharp, stabbing pain, particularly during or after physical activity. Foot exercises can help alleviate arch pain by strengthening and stretching the muscles and tissues in the feet. One beneficial exercise is the towel curl, where you sit with your foot on a towel and use your toes to scrunch the towel towards you, repeating 10 to 15 times per foot. Another exercise is the calf stretch. This is done by facing a wall while standing, placing one foot behind the other, and bending the front knee while keeping the back leg straight. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds, and repeat several times. A third exercise is the arch roll, which is practiced by placing a tennis ball or a frozen water bottle to roll under your foot for a few minutes each day. For persistent or severe arch pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. 

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Oradell, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Ways to Avoid Falling at Home

Falls can happen in an instant, often resulting from a trip on a rug or a slip on a wet floor. For older adults, these incidents can lead to serious medical complications. Every year, emergency rooms treat 3 million older individuals for fall-related injuries. Reports show that one out of five falls causes significant harm such as broken bones or head injuries. Age-related changes like reduced bone density, slower reaction times, and balance issues increase the likelihood of injury from falls. To reduce the risk, it is essential to safety-proof the home environment. Begin by ensuring that the bed height allows feet to rest flat on the floor. Use a bed cane for assistance and keep a walker nearby. Remove clutter from floors and stairs, clear pathways, and eliminate throw rugs. Install grab bars in bathrooms and railings on stairways for added support. Update lighting by replacing bulbs with brighter ones and adding nightlights in critical areas. Finally, check footwear to ensure that your shoes fit properly, are comfortable, and provide adequate support. A podiatrist can offer valuable advice on proper footwear and foot health to help prevent falls. If you are experiencing frequent falls at home, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Oradell, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Family Friends People female adults on beach ssRAs we gear up to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, barbecues, and outdoor fun, it's crucial to remember the importance of foot safety. Whether you're planning to join a parade, attend a fireworks display, or simply enjoy a backyard gathering, taking care of your feet can ensure you have a blast without any unnecessary mishaps. Here are some essential tips to keep your feet safe this Fourth of July:


1. Choose the Right Footwear: Wearing appropriate footwear is key to protecting your feet during holiday festivities. Opt for comfortable, sturdy shoes that provide adequate support and cushioning. Avoid open-toed sandals or flip-flops, especially if you'll be walking on uneven surfaces or near fireworks.


2. Mind the Heat: July can bring scorching temperatures, so be mindful of hot pavement, sand, or surfaces where you'll be walking. Prolonged exposure to hot surfaces can lead to burns or discomfort. If possible, walk in shaded areas or wear lightweight socks to protect your feet from direct contact with hot surfaces.


3. Be Aware of Fireworks Safety: If you're attending a fireworks display, keep a safe distance from where fireworks are being launched. Debris or sparks can inadvertently land on your feet, causing burns or injuries. Remain vigilant and follow all safety guidelines provided by event organizers.


4. Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration is not only essential for overall health but also for foot health. Dehydration can lead to muscle cramps, including in the feet. Ensure you drink enough water throughout the day, especially if you'll be spending time outdoors in warm weather.


5. Watch Your Step: With large crowds and festive activities, it's easy to overlook potential hazards on the ground. Watch out for discarded fireworks, sharp objects, or uneven terrain that could cause trips or falls. Stay attentive and encourage children to do the same.


6. Protect Against Sun Exposure: If you're going to be in the sun for an extended period, don't forget to apply sunscreen to your feet. The skin on your feet is just as susceptible to sunburn as any other part of your body. Choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and reapply it regularly, especially after swimming or sweating.


7. Take Care of Existing Foot Conditions: If you have existing foot problems such as blisters, bunions, or plantar fasciitis, take extra precautions to avoid exacerbating these conditions. Consider using orthotic inserts or supportive footwear to alleviate discomfort and prevent further injury.


By following these foot safety tips, you can ensure that your Fourth of July celebrations are enjoyable and injury-free. Remember, taking care of your feet is an essential part of overall well-being, allowing you to fully participate in the festivities without any setbacks. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Causes of Pain in the Big Toe Joint

Big toe pain frequently affects the metatarsophalangeal, or MTP, joint. One common cause of big toe pain is biomechanical issues, where improper alignment of bones, ligaments, and tendons leads to increased pressure on the joint. This misalignment may be due to poor posture or wearing ill-fitting shoes. It can shift weight distribution and result in inflammation and cartilage damage. Conditions like bunions and turf toe exemplify biomechanical problems. Bunions occur when the big toe pushes against the second toe creating a bump on the side of the foot. Turf toe is an injury from overextending the big toe by pushing off it with force, common among athletes. Another significant cause of MTP joint pain is arthritis, including gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. Gout is caused by uric acid crystals accumulating in the joint, leading to flare-ups of intense pain. Osteoarthritis involves cartilage breakdown that causes bones to grind together. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are autoimmune conditions that result in joint inflammation. Risk factors for MTP joint pain can include chronic inflammatory conditions, poor footwear choices, and abnormal foot positioning. If you are experiencing joint pain in the big toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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

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