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By Family Foot Health Center
May 30, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Bunion  

Find out when you should turn to a podiatrist for bunion treatment.

While some people may have bunions and never need treatment or experience discomfort, there are quite a few people out there dealing Bunionswith very painful bunions. This bone deformity causes the joint at the base of the big toe to grow larger, which can also affect the alignment of your feet over time. Unfortunately, while bunions won’t go away there are simple things you can do to manage your symptoms on your own before turning to our Howell, NJ, podiatrist Dr. Richard Lesser.

Conservative Treatment for Bunions

The goal of treatment isn’t just to prevent and get rid of pain and swelling but also to keep the deformity from growing larger. Here are some ways in which to improve the health of your feet and to get your bunion symptoms under control:

  • Wear protective non-medicated padding on the bunion, which can reduce the pressure and friction placed on that area when wearing shoes. You can easily find different kinds of bunion pads at your local drugstore.
  • Talk to your Howell, NJ, foot doctor about getting custom orthotics, a specialized shoe insert that can help support, stabilize and cushion the joints of the foot while improving alignment when walking or standing.
  • Wear a bunion splint at night while you sleep, which can realign the joints and toes to reduce pain, stiffness, and inflammation.
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications or ice the bunion when you experience pain and swelling.
  • Wear the appropriate footwear for your feet. This means getting rid of any shoes with high heels or pointed toes, as well as shoes that are too old or don’t fit properly. Shoes that rub against your bunion will only make the problem worse.

When to See a Doctor

If you find that despite all your best efforts that your bunion pain is still a nuisance then it’s time to see a podiatrist who can offer up more effective treatment options. For instance, you may benefit from routine physical therapy, which can improve joint mobility and range of motion while reducing stiffness, pain and inflammation.

You should also see a podiatrist if you are experiencing severe pain, redness, burning, or numbness in the big toe, or you find that walking causes you pain. Treating your bunion in the early stages can also prevent further complications such as hammertoes, bursitis, and Metatarsalgia.

What a Podiatrist Can Do

Along with providing physical therapy and other pain management options we can also determine whether or not you could benefit from bunion surgery to correct the deformity. In some severe cases, repairing the joint is the only way to provide relief.

Are you living with bunion pain in Howell, NJ? Are you having trouble getting your pain under control? If so, then turn to the foot experts at Family Foot Health Center to find out how we can 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
January 03, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Crush   Crush Injury  

What is a Crush Injury?

Have a foot crush injury? A crush injury occurs when pressure or force is put on a body part. A foot crush injury may cause pain, swelling, and sometimes bruising. A foot crush injury may take from a few days to a few weeks to heal. If you have a foot crush injury, you should see a podiatrist. Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle conditions and injuries. Read on to learn more about foot crush injuries.


Overview- A crush injury is an injury that occurs when a body part sustains intense pressure. Minor crush injuries can be caused by dropping a heavy object on a foot. However, major crush injuries, such as those sustained in vehicle accidents, can cause serious problems. Such an injury can cause a number of issues, including pain, swelling, bruising, bleeding, laceration, fracture, and nerve injury. A crush injury can also cause compartment syndrome, which is a dangerous condition caused by pressure buildup from swelling of tissues or internal bleeding.


Causes- The primary causes of foot crush injuries include heavy falling objects, vehicles rolling over the foot, and injuries from industrial manufacturing equipment. Crush injuries are common on farms. The most serious cases occur in agriculture where heavy machinery is used and people become trapped in them or under them. This form of injury is common after some form of trauma from a deliberate attack or following a natural disaster.


Diagnosis- A proper diagnosis is key to treating a foot crush injury. Your podiatrist can accurately assess your situation and help you make the right treatment decisions for the best possible outcome. Your doctor will start with a physical exam, with attention given to the areas of complaint. Your podiatrist may take X-rays and other forms of imaging, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT).


Treatment- Firstly, any wounds that are present will need to be cleaned and bandaged to prevent infection. Treatments for a foot crush injury may also include medication, casting, kinesiology taping, ice and heat, physical therapy, or surgery. Often more than one of these treatments are used. Crush injuries of the foot are very serious. Potentially devastating complications can occur if these injuries are underestimated or mismanaged.


A foot crush injury can affect your day-to-day activities and make your life miserable. Whether your goal is getting back to the work, the gym, hobbies, or just enjoying life, a podiatrist can help. If you want to feel better and live well, find a podiatrist near you and schedule an appointment.

By Family Foot Health Center
November 16, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions are a common condition affecting many people. However, due to its slow-growing nature and lack of serious symptoms in the early stages, patients often do not realize they have a bunion at all. Find out more about bunions, their causes, and how your podiatrist can help with Dr. Richard Lesser at Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ.

Do I have a bunion?
A bunion looks like a lump or bump at the base of the big toe. It is a bony growth that gets bigger very slowly over time, often not producing any symptoms until its advanced stages. However, some tell-tale signs you have a bunion include:

  • soreness around the big toe joint
  • bulging bump on the outside edge of the base of the big toe
  • decreased range of motion in the big toe
  • corns or calluses where the smaller toes overlap
  • foot pain, either intermittently or persistently
  • swelling and irritation around the big toe

If you have persistent pain, a visible bunion, or have difficulty finding shoes that fit, you should consult with your podiatrist for the best course of treatment for you.

What causes a bunion?
Certain factors are thought to contribute to bunion growth. They include:

  • the type of foot you inherit genetically
  • congenital deformities of the foot
  • certain injuries to the foot
  • arthritis
  • too-tight or too-narrow shoes
  • high-heeled shoes

Bunion Treatments in Howell, NJ 
If you think you have a bunion, your foot doctor can help you manage your symptoms and, if necessary, treat your bunion. In some cases, simply changing the type of shoes you wear and monitoring your bunion is enough to slow its growth enough to avoid invasive treatments. However, some people may require a bunionectomy. This surgery removes the bunion altogether and realigns the toes to ensure they lie straight in their correct positions.

For more information on bunions, please contact Dr. Richard Lesser at Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ. Call (732) 370-1100 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lesser today!