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By Family Foot Health Center
April 03, 2019
Category: Foot Care
The human foot and ankle contain 33 joints, 26 bones and over 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. While all of these parts of the foot should work together, there are certain conditions, injuries and diseases that can affect the health and functioning of your foot or ankle. There are many instances in which you should turn to a podiatrist for individualized care that you can trust time and time again.
 
From routine visits to managing long-term conditions to surgery, a podiatrist is equipped to treat just about everything. Here are some foot issues that could benefit from coming in for specialized care:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Foot fractures
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Corns and calluses
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Fungal infections
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Heel spurs
Our number one goal is to provide you with the relief that you need. Whether you are suffering from heel pain or you think your feet could benefit from prescription orthotics, a podiatrist can help determine the best course of action for treating your issues. When you come into our office we will always have a listening ear, so that we understand your questions and concerns. 
 
We also like to provide our patients with the very latest and greatest technologies and techniques. We understand the importance of options and being able to provide laser treatments and other non-surgical therapies to treat conditions is important to our patients. Whether you are an athlete or 9-5er, we treat clients with a host of different needs, lifestyles and issues. Everyone from children to senior citizens can benefit from the unique and customized foot care a podiatrist offers.
 
We are here to help diagnose, treat or manage your foot condition. If you are dealing with foot or ankle problems contact your podiatrist for help.
By Family Foot Health Center
March 26, 2019
Category: Foot Condition

Onychomycosis--that's the medical term for toenail fungus, a stubborn and common foot infection. At Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ, your podiatrist, Dr. Richard Lesser treats numerous cases of toenail fungus, helping people of all ages have clearer, and better shaped nails. Are you struggling with toenail fungus?

Toenail FungusWhat is toenail fungus?

Organisms called dermatophytes actually thrive on toenail debris, the cells your nails naturally shed all the time. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society says that a full 20 percent of the American population has thick, discolored, and even smelly nails due to:

  • Blunt force injury to the nail bed
  • Constant friction between the nail and inside of the shoe
  • The warm, dark, moist environment of closed toe shoes, especially athletic footwear
  • Shared towels and nail clippers
  • Dirty, sweaty socks
  • Treading on wet locker room and gym floors (a common breeding ground for athlete's foot fungus, too)

Additionally, individuals with weak immune systems, diabetes, and circulatory problems tend to get toenail fungus, and the infection may spread to other areas of the body, including fingernails.

How your podiatrist in Howell, NJ, can help

If you have persistent onychomycosis, come to the Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ, where Dr. Lesser will examine your nails and surrounding skin. He may prescribe a topical ointment or cream or an oral anti-fungal medication to rid your toes of the problem for good. Extreme cases may require toenail removal.

Also, Dr. Lesser may suggest some simple strategies to keep your feet and nails fungus-free for good. These practices include:

  • Wearing well-ventilated shoes in warm weather
  • Changing shoes often, particularly athletic shoes
  • Wearing clean, moisture-wicking (not cotton or wool) socks daily
  • Washing your feet daily with soap and water and drying them thoroughly
  • Using clean nail clippers and not sharing pedicure/manicure tools with others
  • Trimming toenails straight across
  • Wearing flip-flops at the pool or in the gym locker room

We can help

At Family Foot Health Center, Dr. Lesser treats numerous foot and ankle conditions, including stubborn toenail fungus. Let him help you achieve great podiatric health by calling the Howell, NJ, office today for a consultation: (732) 370-1100.

By Family Foot Health Center
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  
By Family Foot Health Center
February 05, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Heel pain is one of the most common complaints a podiatrist hears about from patients. If you are dealing with heel pain above the heel bone then you could be dealing with Achilles Tendonitis, a result of overuse. The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body and it serves to connect the muscles of the calf with the lower leg and heel bone.

While Achilles Tendonitis tends to occur most often in runners, this condition can still occur in athletes that play certain sports such as soccer or tennis. Unfortunately, this tendon does weaken as we get older, which makes at an increased risk for developing this overuse injury as we age.

 

What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?

The most obvious symptom of Achilles Tendonitis is pain above the heel bone. When the pain first appears it’s usually pretty mild and you may only notice it after running; however, over time you may notice that the pain gets worse after certain exercises. Along with pain you may also experience stiffness or tenderness in the heel, especially in the morning or after long periods of sitting.

 

When should I see a podiatrist?

If this is the first time that you’ve ever experienced heel pain then it’s a good idea to turn to a foot doctor who can determine whether Achilles Tendonitis is causing your symptoms or whether it’s something else. If you’re experiencing chronic heel pain around the Achilles tendon it’s also a good time to see a doctor. If the pain is severe or you are unable to put weight on your foot it’s possible that you might be dealing with a ruptured tendon, which requires immediate attention.

 

How do you treat Achilles Tendonitis?

In most cases, Achilles Tendonitis can be treated with simple self-care options. Unless symptoms are severe you may be able to treat your heel pain by:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain medications
  • Avoiding high-impact activities or activities that exacerbate symptoms
  • Elevating the foot to reduce swelling
  • Performing stretching exercises or undergoing physical therapy
  • Icing the heel
  • Wearing custom orthotics
  • Replacing worn-out shoes, especially running shoes

Surgery is only necessary if your symptoms aren’t responding to any other nonsurgical treatment options after several months or if the tendon is torn.

 

If you think your heel pain could be the result of Achilles Tendonitis then it’s time to turn to a podiatrist as soon as possible. A podiatrist can provide you with a variety of treatment options, from simple lifestyle modifications to custom orthotics.

By Family Foot Health Center
January 09, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle pain  

Find out what might be causing your ankle pain and discomfort.

Without your ankles we wouldn’t be able to enjoy a lot of life’s little pleasures, from playing sports to dancing with your crush. In fact, ankle painwithout our ankles, we wouldn’t be able to do much of anything. Ankles are just as responsible as our feet for keeping us mobile, so when something happens to our ankles we certainly know it. It’s important to turn to our Howell, NJ, podiatrist Dr. Richard Lesser when ankle problems affect you.

What is causing my ankle pain?

There are many reasons why someone might develop ankle pain. The pain may show up gradually or it may be sudden. Some people may experience a burning sensation while others may develop a throbbing pain. When you come in for a consultation our Howell, NJ, foot doctor will ask you a series of questions regarding the pain you are experiencing to help us determine what might be going on.

Common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Stress fracture
  • Broken bone
  • Bone bruise
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis

When should I see a doctor?

If you aren’t sure what is causing your ankle problems then it’s a good idea to visit a podiatrist to find out what’s going on. Not only can we provide a diagnosis but we can also lay out a specific and detailed treatment plan that will help you heal effectively. Remember, not all ankle problems should be treated the same way. You should come in for a consultation if:

  • You aren’t able to put weight on the ankle
  • You have pain or difficulty walking
  • The ankle feels weak, unstable or about to “give out”
  • Ankle pain lasts for more than a few days
  • Ankle pain is getting worse
  • There is a deformity present
  • You are unable to bend or move the ankle
  • There is severe swelling around the ankle
  • You notice signs of an infection (e.g. warm skin; fever)

If you are dealing with ankle pain, swelling or other symptoms it’s a good idea to have a footcare

professional take a look as soon as possible. Call Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ, today to find out how we can help you.





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