Posts for: September, 2017
Your feet support your lifestyle. Running, walking, sports, the activities of daily living--they can't happen without healthy feet. At Family Foot Health Center, podiatrists Dr. Richard Lesser and Dr. William Hoffman dedicate their time, continuing education and hands-on diagnostic and treatment skills to making your feet and ankles the happiest ever.
Why we have foot problems
It's recommended that adults get their feet examined by a foot doctor annually and more often if you are diabetic. What are some common foot issues, and how can your podiatrist in Howell, NJ, help?
Well, your foot doctor would tell you that scores of foot and ankle problems stem from a few contributing factors. If a patient can be aware of them and try to avoid their consequences, then he or she will be a step ahead, so to speak, in keeping the lower extremities healthy.
Typically, foot and ankle issues center around a few basic causes:
- Overuse--standing too much or engaging in repetitive motions such as bouncing on the balls of the feet
- Poorly fitting shoes such as high heels or flip-flops
- Germs, such as Tinea pedis, the culprit behind fungal nails and athlete's foot
- Traumatic injuries related to sports or occupation
- Hereditary factors
Here are problems your podiatrist in Howell sees at Family Foot Health Center. After an examination and consultation, Dr. Lesser or Dr. Hoffman can recommend treatments suitable for your overall health and lifestyle.
Toenail fungus Caused by Tinea pedis and encouraged by moist, dark environments such as sweaty shoes and socks, toenail fungus affects young and old alike. The fungal toenail is yellow, brittle, thick and may separate from the nail bed. Skin around the nail may itch, swell and become red. Your podiatrist offers oral and topical antifungal medications and laser treatments which effectively kill the fungus on contact. Also, he recommends wearing well-ventilated shoes and moisture wicking socks and washing feet daily. Avoid damp floors in the locker room or poolside by wearing shower sandals.
Plantar fasciitis This painful condition affects the broad band of connective tissue that extends from the heel to the base of the toes. Overuse causes it, and it may be relieved with rest, ice, elevation and anti-inflammatory medications. Customized shoe inserts take pressure off the arch of the foot, and the foot doctor says obesity exacerbates the problem. If a heel spur co-exists with plantar fasciitis, surgical removal of the excess bone helps as do plantar fascia release procedures.
Bunions Often running in families, this deformity of the big toe joint causes pain, corns, calluses, and impaired walking and sporting activities. A sore, red painful bump on the side of the foot is almost diagnostic for bunions, and X-ray confirms them. A change in shoes, shoe padding, orthotics and stretching help. Surgical bunionectomy is a last resort.
How are your feet?
Help them be their best with a podiatric exam at Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ. Call today for an appointment: (732) 370-1100.
The arch structure of our feet determines how we walk, which means our arches need to be both sturdy and flexible in order to adjust to different walking surfaces. For most people, their feet have a curve or an arch at the bottom that provides flexibility and shock absorption. But for the five percent of adults in the U.S. with flat feet, also known as fallen arches, the arches of their feet are either partially or completely collapsed.
One common type of flatfoot is adult-acquired flatfoot. It is caused by overstretching the tendon that supports the arch. Flexible flatfoot is also common and occurs when the foot is flat when standing, but returns to a normal arch in non-weight-bearing positions.
Factors that increase your risk of flat feet include:
- Excess weight
- Injury to your foot or ankle
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
When to See Your Podiatrist
Most adults with a fallen arch experience little to no pain. For these patients, treatment is rarely necessary. Painful flatfoot, however, may be the sign of a congenital abnormality or an injury to the muscles and tendons of the foot. Pain can be severe, making it difficult to walk, wear shoes and perform simple everyday tasks. More than achy feet, flatfoot can also lead to other, more serious problems and pain for your ankles, knees, back and hips.
Common symptoms associated with flat feet Include:
- Swelling along the inside of the ankle
- Feet that tire easily or ache after standing for an extended period of time
- A lack of mobility in your foot and difficulty standing on your toes
- Sore, swollen feet; especially in the heel or arch of your foot
Steps Away from Flat Foot Pain Relief
If you are experiencing pain caused by flat feet, visit our practice for an evaluation. We can identify the cause of your pain and recommend the best treatments for your type of arch.
Talk with your podiatrist about the following treatment options:
- Shoe inserts/ Orthotics
- Shoe modifications
- Rest and ice
- Stretching exercises
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
Whether you were born with flat feet or you acquired fallen arches over time, if your flat feet are causing you pain or interfering with your day to day activities, visit our practice. We can work with you to determine the best treatment options to eliminate the pain, improve your mobility and get you back to the activities you love.