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By Family Foot Health Center
January 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain  

Is foot pain hurting your daily routine? When foot pain interferes with your normal activities, you should see a podiatrist. A podiatrist can foot painhelp you achieve real relief with little trouble or expense. Family Foot Health Center, which is located in Howell, NJ, offers state-of-the-art treatments for foot pain. Dr. Richard Lesser and Dr. William Hoffman are some of the finest podiatrists in Howell, NJ. Read on to learn about the causes of foot pain.

Plantar Fasciitis

If your pain is in your heel, you may have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the band of tough tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis is common in fitness enthusiasts and athletes. Such strain injury can be caused by excessive walking, running, or a jumping injury from landing. Moreover, being overweight and wearing footwear with poor arch support increases your risk of plantar fasciitis. Treatment of plantar fasciitis include injections, orthotics, physical therapy, splinting, and surgery.

Bunions

A bunion is an unnatural, bony bump that develops on the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions can be extremely painful. Years of wearing poorly fitting shoes can cause bunions. Such footwear gradually pushes the foot bones into an unnatural shape. Bunions are also associated with certain types of arthritic conditions. The types of arthritis thought to cause bunions include gout, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Some of the top treatments for bunions include ice therapy, shoe inserts, medication, splinting, or surgery.

Athlete's Foot

Athlete's Foot is a contagious fungal infection of the foot. Walking barefoot increases your risk of contracting athlete's foot. You can also catch the fungus through contact with an infected person. The fungus is commonly found around swimming pools, on locker room floors, and in showers. Athlete's foot may cause foot pain, scaling, itching, and burning. Common treatments for athlete's foot include antifungal ointment, spray, powder, lotion, and prescription antifungals.

Calluses

Calluses can be annoying, but your body forms them to protect sensitive skin. A callus is a thick area of skin caused by repeated friction or pressure. A callus can cause pain when you are wearing shoes or walking. Wearing poorly fitting shoes can cause calluses. Other risk factors that may signal an increased risk of calluses include wearing footwear without socks and foot deformities. Some of the top treatments for calluses include cushion pads or insoles, medicated creams, and surgery.

Corns

Corns develop naturally to help protect the skin underneath them. A corn is a thick, hardened layer of skin caused by pressure and friction. Corns generally occur on the top and side of the foot. They can be painful when pressed. Repetitive activities like climbing stairs, running, or skiing can cause a corn on your foot. Common treatments for corns include paring of the lesions, medicated patches, protective pads, and surgery. If your corn becomes inflamed or painful, see a podiatrist. 

Say hello to healthy and happy feet! Don't wait another minute- call Family Foot Health Center at (732) 370-1100 right now to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists in Howell, NJ. Get back on track by receiving the best foot pain treatment available. We want you to live your best life!

By Family Foot Health Center
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hammertoes  

HammertoesA hammertoe is one of the most common toe conditions, usually stemming from muscle imbalance in which the joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth toe are bent into a contracted, claw-like position. In the early stages, hammertoes are flexible and can be corrected with simple conservative measures, but if left untreated, they can become fixed and require surgery.

The most common cause of hammertoe is a muscle imbalance. Tight-fitting and high-heeled shoes often aggravate the condition, crowding your toes forward. A hammertoe can also be the result of injury in which you break or jam the toe, or from conditions like arthritis or stroke that affect nerves and muscles. In some cases, hammertoes may even be inherited.

Because of their clenched, claw-like appearance, hammertoes will generally be visibly present. Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Difficult or painful motion of a toe joint
  • Redness or swelling at a toe joint
  • Development of calluses and corns
  • Open sores in severe cases

The foot and ankle professionals at our office recommend the following for preventing and reducing the symptoms associated with hammertoe:

  • Wear comfortable, proper-fitting shoes that provide support and allow enough room for your toes
  • Avoid high-heeled or narrow-toed shoes
  • Stretch your toe muscles to relieve pressure and pain
  • Apply splints, cushions or pads to relieve pressure
  • Moisturize with cream to keep the skin soft

Generally, a modification of footwear will reduce the symptoms associated with hammertoe. Other non-surgical treatment includes padding to shield corns and calluses and orthotic devices that are placed in the shoe to help control muscle imbalance. We can help you determine the best treatment for your symptoms. Severe cases that don't respond to conservative measures may require surgery to restore your toe's flexibility and eliminate the pressure.

Hammertoes are progressive - they don't go away by themselves and the condition usually gets worse over time. Once a podiatrist at has evaluated your hammertoe, a treatment plan can be developed that is suited to your needs.

By Family Foot Health Center
December 04, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Growing Pains  

If your child has ever complained of not being able to sleep at night due to leg pain, he or she may be experiencing what many people refer to as growing pains. They are common for kids during their growth and development years.

Growing pains are often characterized by a sharp, throbbing pain in the leg muscles, usually occurring during the night and sometimes late afternoon without an apparent cause. While there is no evidence that a child's growth is painful, these pains often occur during an active day of running, jumping or swimming.

Whenever a child is afflicted by episodes of recurrent leg pain, it is always best to have them evaluated. Other more serious foot and leg conditions should be ruled out before a diagnosis of growing pains is made.

Consult with a physician or a podiatrist if aching legs are a chronic complaint, or if the pain is so severe it interferes with the child's daily activities. Persistent pain and other unusual symptoms may indicate a more serious problem. The following symptoms are not due to growing pains and should be evaluated by a doctor:

  • Persistent pain
  • Swelling or redness in one specific area or joint
  • Limping
  • Fever
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Abnormal behavior

There are no treatments or medications available for growing pains, but parents can help ease the pain with simple home remedies.

  • Massage and rub the child's ache until the pain passes
  • Stretch your child's legs throughout the day and before bed
  • Heating pads or warm baths can help soothe sore muscles
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers (always consult with physician first)

While growing pains are commonly seen in young children during the growth and development years, lower extremity pain can also be caused by mechanical misalignments and structural imperfections. A thorough evaluation is crucial in order to determine the exact cause of your child's leg pain. If growing pains are the cause of your child's discomfort, rest assured that the pain is only temporary and will pass with time.

By Family Foot Health Center
November 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Warts  

You've had them before, and you'd like to be rid of them for good. What are they? The medical term is verrucas, but your Howell, wartsNJ, podiatrist will call them plantar warts. All you know is that they hurt. At Family Foot Health Center in Howell, podiatrists Dr. Richard Lesser and Dr. William Hoffman diagnose and treat plantar warts, giving patients the clear skin they like and the pain free feet they deserve. Learn more here about these nuisance skin lesions.

The details on warts

Physicians at the Cleveland Clinic say that millions of people of all ages suffer from plantar warts. These rough, circular, raised bumps are totally benign, but because they start on the skin surface and grow inward, they become painful and particularly so when located on the soles of the feet. In addition, warts are usually dark in color, may be spotted, and grow into clusters when not treated. So warts are unsightly as well.

Verrucas are highly contagious, being caused by the Human Papillomavirus, the same microoganism linked to oral and cervical cancers and some STDs. Warts, however, are not cancerous but simply pop up on broken areas of the skin easily penetrated by germs.

Treating warts

The American Board of Podiatric Surgery says that cryosurgery (freezing) and cautery (burning) are typical treatment options for plantar warts. Alternatively, Dr. Lesser or Dr. Hoffman may prescribe topical creams or ointments (commonly containing salicylic acid) to lift warts off the skin surface. Avoid over the counter preparations.

Preventing warts

The best way to treat plantar warts, however, is preventing them from forming in the first place. While basic foot care cannot guarantee you never will develop plantar warts, your Howell, NJ, podiatrists advise these steps toward clearer, healthier and more comfortable feet:

  1. Wash your feet daily with soap and water, and dry them completely, especially between the toes.
  2. Examine your feet for any changes in skin color, roughness, cracks, bumps or anything that seems different about your normal foot configuration.
  3. Apply moisturizer to the entire foot surface every day.
  4. Wear shoes when walking out doors.
  5. Wear flip flops in public showers and around any swimming pool, sauna or hot tub.
  6. Change to clean, moisture wicking socks daily, or whenever they get wet or sweaty.

Happy feet

Keep your feet that way. See your podiatrist in Howell, NJ, at least yearly, or if you are diabetic, as the doctor recommends. For an appointment at Family Foot Health Center, call (732) 370-1100.

By Family Foot Health Center
November 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Odor  

The feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, which means they have the ability to sweat profusely. With your feet encased in your shoes all day and the sweat unable to evaporate, bacteria will begin to grow rapidly. Bacteria then begins to break down the sweat, generating an unpleasant odor. Other factors can contribute to increased perspiration, including anxiety, hormonal changes, medications and various skin conditions.

Foot odor is a common problem, especially among those who perspire excessively, but it can be both embarrassing and physically uncomfortable. If you suffer from foot odor, rest assured that simple lifestyle changes and improved personal hygiene can help reduce and eliminate the smell.

Easy Ways to Eliminate Foot Odor

Since most foot odor is caused from excess sweat and the growth of odor-causing bacteria, it's relatively easy to control and reduce foot odor on your own. Start by taking the following preventative steps:

  • Keep your feet clean by washing them with an antibacterial soap on a regular basis to minimize bacteria.
  • Keep feet dry as moisture enables the growth of bacteria.
  • Alternate shoes and avoid wearing the same pair for multiple days in a row.
  • Choose open shoes such as sandals when possible, allowing air onto the feet which evaporates sweat and slows the growth of bacteria.
  • Wear cotton socks which wick away moisture and absorb perspiration.
  • Apply foot sprays and powders to the feet. Ask your podiatrist for recommended products.
  • Disinfect, wash and discard foul smelling shoes as necessary.

The causes of foot odor are typically not harmful to your health, but do create an environment for the growth of fungus and bacteria. It's not unusual for infections such as toenail fungus and athlete's foot to develop as a result.

When improving your foot hygiene doesn't help reduce the smell, you may need to visit your podiatrist, as persistent foot odor can indicate an infection or a severe case of hereditary sweating. In these cases, a prescription ointment may be required to treat the problem. Visit our office, and we'll work with you to determine the cause and most effective treatment for your condition!





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