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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.

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.

March 16, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Surgery  

What your podiatrists in Hackensack and Montvale want you to knowbunions

Bunions can be debilitating and painful. If you have a bunion, it can keep you off of your feet. Fortunately, there is relief from painful bunions. You may be wondering what you can do to treat your bunion, or if you might need surgery to remove the bunion. Your podiatrists at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute can help with advice and treatment options. They have two convenient office locations in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, to get you back on your feet.

Bunions can occur from wearing shoes that cramp your toes. Over time, the middle joint of your big toe can get pushed outward, causing bone deformity and pain as the bunion continuously rubs against the inside of your shoe. Bunions are more common in women, because women’s shoes are typically narrower and women wear high heels, pushing the toes forward.

You can try a few simple home remedies if your bunion is still small. Try:

  • Icing the bunion several times each day
  • Wearing padding or inserts inside your shoes
  • Taping and cushioning the bunion
  • Wearing wide, supportive, comfortable shoes or sandals

For large, painful bunions, there are some non-surgical treatment options available at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute including cortisone injections to reduce swelling and inflammation and prescription strength anti-inflammatory and pain medications.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons you should consider bunion surgery if:

  • You have severe foot pain that keeps you from walking or wearing shoes
  • Chronic swelling and inflammation of your big toe
  • Bone deformity and stiffness in your big toe
  • Inability to obtain relief from pain with medications or proper footwear

If you do need bunion surgery, don’t worry. Your podiatrists at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute offer several effective surgical treatment options, including:

  • Fusing your big toe joints
  • Surgically straightening your big toe and foot
  • Removing excessive, swollen tissue around your toe joint
  • Removing bone in your big toe

If you are dealing with bunion pain or issues, call your podiatrists at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute with offices in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ. Get back on your feet by calling today!

March 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Summer is just around the corner and that means sandal season is getting closer. For many people, the bumps on the inside of their big bunionstoes known as bunions can keep them from fully enjoying warm weather fashions. These unsightly and often painful lumps are caused by years of abnormal pressure against the big toe joint, which gradually causes the bones and tissue in the area to move out of place. While bunions are permanent unless they are removed by surgery, the podiatrists at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute in Montvale and Hackensack, NJ have a few suggestions to ease the discomfort associated with them in the meantime.

What not to wear

Most podiatrists agree that wearing narrow and confining footwear like high heels exacerbate bunions. To avoid needing bunion surgery, your Hackensack and Montvale podiatrist recommends having a professional shoe fitting to find comfortable and functional footwear. There are many brands available that are work-appropriate, attractive and provide the right amount of space for the widest part of your foot, the exact spot where bunions can form.

Cushioned comfort

If you already have bunions but aren't ready for surgery, your Hackensack and Montvale podiatrist may suggest gel-filled pads that you wear inside your shoes can help ease the pain that comes from friction. Shoe inserts, both prescription and over-the-counter, can also help to take the pressure off the inside of your feet.

Surgical options

If your bunion has caused you pain for a significant amount of time, or if it's led to other foot problems, your Hackensack and Montvale podiatrist may recommend surgery. The goal is to relief pain and eliminate the bump caused by the outgrowth of bone and to realign the toe.

If you have a bunion or are concerned about their development, we want to hear from you. Contact Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute in Montvale and Hackensack, NJ for a full evaluation from one of our skilled podiatrists today!

February 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hammertoes  

Have you resigned yourself to living with the pain and discomfort of hammertoes? In many cases, you can relieve your hammertoe hammertoesymptoms by making smart footwear choices and taking advantage of products that will increase your comfort. The podiatrists at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute in Montvale and Hackensack, NJ share information about this common condition and explain treatment options.

The problem

Hammer toes occur when one or more of your toes bend downward. If you don't take steps to address the problem, your toes can become permanently locked in this position. Hammertoes usually affect the second through fourth toes and can occur if you wear tight shoes that don't provide enough room for your toes to lay flat against the insole. Not surprisingly, women are more likely to develop hammertoes than men.

You may be at increased risk of developing the problem if you have arthritis or diabetes, recently broke or stubbed your toe, or your second toe is longer than your big toe. Your hammertoe risk rises as you age.

Managing hammertoe symptoms

Making a few changes to the shoes you wear can ease pain and inflammation. Look for comfortable shoes that provide plenty of room for your toes, and avoid wearing high heels. Keep in mind that your shoes should be 1/2" longer than your longest toe for the most comfortable fit. Other ways to manage hammertoe symptoms include:

  • Toe Exercises: Toe exercises can be very helpful if your toe is still in the flexible stage and the tendon hasn't tightened. Your foot doctor can teach you a series of exercises that will stretch and strengthen the muscles.

  • Padding: Cushioning your toes with corn pads can help relieve pressure when you wear shoes.

  • Orthotics: These custom-made shoe inserts are prescribed by your Montvale and Hackensack podiatrist. They evaluate the structure of your foot and gait and designs the orthotics to address your problem.

  • Surgery: Although most people who have hammertoes will never need surgery, it may be the best option in some severe cases.

Help is available for your hammertoes. Call the podiatrists at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute in Montvale and Hackensack, NJ to schedule an appointment to learn about the best treatment options for you.

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