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By PODIATRY FOOT AND ANKLE INSTITUTE
September 11, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion Surgery  

Is it time that you considered the benefits of getting bunion surgery in in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ?bunions

Bunions are a common foot problem but one that won’t go away on its own and may require surgery. Of course, surgery is not always the ideal or best first choice for repairing this deformity. In fact, most people can get away with managing their symptoms with simple, non-invasive measures to prevent the bunion from getting worse; however, our Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, podiatrists are here to provide the telltale signs that it might be time to consider bunion surgery.

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a hard deformity that sticks out at the bottom of the big toe. It can cause pain and discomfort when wearing shoes, particularly if the shoes put pressure on the bony growth. Over time, a bunion can also cause the big toe to angle inward on the other toes. While a bunion cannot be corrected without surgery, any symptoms you experience as a result of your bunion can often be properly controlled with non-invasive options such as:

  • Wearing shoes that offer your toes ample room and don’t put pressure on the bunion
  • Wearing shoe inserts (also referred to as custom orthotics)
  • Splinting or padding the bunion

If these measures don’t provide you with relief then it’s time to visit our Hackensack, NJ, foot doctors for more aggressive care such as corticosteroid injections.

When should you consider bunion surgery?

Most people wonder when it’s time to get bunion surgery. It might be time to repair this deformity if:

  • You are experiencing severe and chronic pain and swelling
  • You have difficulty walking around without pain
  • You have to change your daily activities
  • You are depressed or feel like your quality of life is impacted by your condition
  • You can’t wear shoes without pain

If you are dealing with severe bunion symptoms that just don’t relent no matter what treatments you try, then it might be time to sit down with our bunion specialists at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ. Let’s get you the relief you deserve.

By PODIATRY FOOT AND ANKLE INSTITUTE
July 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Toenail fungus is an unpleasant foot condition that starts as a minor annoyance but can quickly turn into a major concern. An easy solution toenail fungusis available at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ called the Dyad NaiLaser. It’s superior to the traditional way of treating fungus in speed and efficiency. Find out more about toenail fungus and how it can be eliminated by your podiatrist with a laser treatment.

Where Does Toenail Fungus Come From?
Toenail fungus is spread from one person to another. Fungi thrives in wet and warm places. It grows on the toenails because they are inside of your cramped shoes for most of the day. Toenail fungus most often affects athletes and swimmers who spend a lot of time in wet environments, or who share showers. Also, if someone has toenail fungus and you share a nail clipper, socks or shoes, with them, that could cause a new infection. In severe cases, the toenail can turn brown or green, the feet can have a bad odor, and the whole nail could eventually come off.

Laser Treatment
Your podiatrist can use the light from a laser to eliminate fungus on, around and under the toenails. A modern tool called a Dyad NaiLaser is designed to reach the fungus under the nail and neutralize it. The skin and nail tissue that’s still healthy will be unbothered. Depending on the severity of the issue, you may have to visit your Hackensack or Montvale podiatrist two or three times for laser sessions. 

In and Out of the Office
The great thing about laser treatment for toenail fungus is that it is a relatively quick procedure that can be performed in the podiatrist’s office. The appointment is complete in about 30 minutes. After the treatment is done, you can usually go home or return to work. It’s pain-free and there’s no period of recovery required after. You also don’t have to worry about applying messy creams to your toes on a daily basis. 

Get Treatment for Toenail Fungus
See a foot doctor at the first sign of toenail fungus—before it has a chance to spread and get worse. Call Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute today to schedule an appointment with your Hackensack (201-488-FOOT) or Montvale (201-391-8282) podiatrist.

By PODIATRY FOOT AND ANKLE INSTITUTE
July 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: sprained ankle  

What your doctors in Montvale and Hackensack want you to knowsprained ankle

A sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries you can experience. So how do you know you’ve actually sprained your ankle? There are some definite signs and symptoms to look out for. Your doctors at Podiatry Foot & Ankle Institute want to share what you need to know about sprained ankles. They have offices in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ to serve your needs.

You may have sprained your ankle if you experience:

  • Pain around your ankle that can be severe
  • Swelling and bruising around your ankle
  • Your ankle popping when you move
  • Ankle instability and unexpected movement

It’s easier than you think to sprain your ankle, especially if you are getting older. That’s because your ligaments, tendons and muscles aren’t as strong or flexible. If you move incorrectly, you can sprain your ankle easily. It’s also easy to sprain your ankle if you play sports like basketball, tennis, running, soccer or football which involve sudden movements.

If you do sprain your ankle, you can take some easy steps at home to help. You can try:

  • Elevating your ankle during the first 48 hours
  • Resting and taking weight off your ankle
  • Icing your ankle for 20 minute periods
  • Wrapping your ankle in supportive bandages

It’s often best to see an expert like your podiatrists at Podiatry Foot & Ankle Institute. They will recommend effective treatments to get you back on your feet, including:

  • Wearing a brace or walking cast for support
  • Using crutches initially to take the weight off of your ankle
  • Physical therapy, stretching and exercises to improve balance stability

Don’t let yourself be sidelined by a sprained ankle when you can get help with just a simple phone call. Your podiatrists at Podiatry Foot & Ankle Institute can help. They have two convenient office locations in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, so call today and get back on your feet!

By PODIATRY FOOT AND ANKLE INSTITUTE
May 11, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain  

Heel pain? Heel pain hurts, but you don't have to suffer. A podiatrist can help you achieve real relief with little expense or trouble. heel painPodiatry Foot and Ankle Institute, which has offices in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, offers state-of-the-art treatments for heel pain. Read on to find out how a podiatrist can help alleviate your heel pain. 

#1- Medicine

Inflammation and pain are most commonly treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin or naproxen. Topical pain medications are also prescribed to treat heel pain. Treatments for foot problems usually involve using a combination of techniques, such as medication, stretching and manual techniques, to alleviate pain and speed up recovery.

#2- Stretching Exercises

Podiatrists prescribe stretching exercises for various conditions of the foot and ankle. Stretching exercises designed to stretch your feet and calf muscles and will alleviate your pain and improve flexibility in the affected foot. You should do stretching exercises on a regular basis to keep heel pain at bay.

#3- Cortisone Shots

You can get cortisone shots at your Hackensack or Montvale podiatrist's office. The injections usually comprise a corticosteroid medication and a local anesthetic. Cortisone shots offer quick relief for heel pain and inflammation. The cortisone starts working in a few days and it will continue to work for several months. 

#4- Orthotic Devices

Orthotic devices are often used to treat various conditions of the foot and ankle. Orthotic devices alleviate heel pain and provide cushioning and arch support for added shock absorption and comfort. Custom-made orthotics are available by prescription.

#5- Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is also often used to treat various conditions of the foot and ankle. It helps you move better and can alleviate your pain. It also helps restore or improve your physical function. Most heel pain injuries respond extremely quickly to physical therapy.

Life always offers us another chance to get back on track. It's called today. Don't wait another minute - call Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute at (201) 488-3668 to schedule an appointment in Hackensack or Montvale, NJ. Get back on track by receiving the best heel pain treatment available.

By PODIATRY FOOT AND ANKLE INSTITUTE
May 08, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain  

Pain in your heels makes even the most mundane tasks difficult. The Montvale and Hackensack, NJ, podiatrists at Podiatry Foot and heel painAnkle Institute discuss several common causes of heel pain and share information on treatment options.

Stone bruises

Stone bruises can occur if you don't wear supportive shoes, particularly if you run or walk a lot, or step on a hard object. In addition to pain when walking or standing, you may also notice that it feels as if you're walking on a small stone. Luckily, heel bruises usually get better without any special treatment in a few weeks.

Plantar fasciitis

Inflammation is the cause of your pain if you have plantar fasciitis. The condition affects the tough band on tissue on the bottom of your foot that runs from your heels to your toes. You are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis if you spend long hours on your feet, are overweight, are between 40 and 60, have a low or high arch, or participate in sports or activities that stress the heel.

Achilles tendinitis

Inflammation can also affect your Achilles tendon. If you have tight calf muscles or a bone spur, you may be more likely to develop the condition. It can also occur if you decide it's time to become more dedicated to your exercise routine. When you run or walk longer than usual or train harder without giving your body time to adjust to the new routine, you may stress the tendon.

Retrocalcaneal bursitis

It's not always easy to tell if you have Achilles tendinitis or retrocalcaneal bursitis, as the pain occurs in the same area. The retrocalcaneal bursa, a sac filled with fluid, sits under the Achilles tendon and helps the tendon slide over the bone effortlessly. When it becomes inflamed due to an overuse injury, you'll experience heel pain.

How can a foot doctor help?

Paying a visit to our Hackensack or Montvale offices is a must if your heel pain hasn't gone away after a week or two or has gotten worse. Depending on the source of your problem, you may benefit from physical therapy, steroid injections, orthotics, night splints, shock wave or ultrasound therapy or even surgery, in some cases.

Ignoring heel problems can lead to chronic pain. If you suffer from heel pain, make an appointment at the Hackensack or Montvale, NJ, offices of Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute by calling (201) 488-3668.





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