Posts for category: Foot Care
Find out when it’s time to consult a foot care specialist about your heel pain.
You thought you were going to get up and go on your morning run before work but you realize as you get out of bed that one of your feet has other plans for you. Instead, you feel a sharp, stabbing pain coming from your heel. No, you didn’t step on anything; chances are good that you might be suffering from plantar fasciitis. Find out more about plantar fasciitis and how our Hackensack, NJ, podiatrists Dr. Edward Harris, Dr. Antonella Cella, and Dr. Neil Goldberg can help.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel bone. If the fascia is overstretched or overused this can lead to inflammation and heel pain.
How do I treat heel pain?
Luckily, heel pain can often be treated with simple conservative care. The best thing you can do is to avoid strenuous and high-impact activities that can exacerbate your heel pain. Rest is key to improving heel pain. Other treatment options include:
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce swelling and pain
- Icing the heel for 10-15 minutes to reduce inflammation and pain
- Performing certain foot stretches and strengthening exercises several times a day
- Placing custom orthotics (shoe inserts) into shoes to provide additional cushioning and support
- Wearing a night splint to reduce morning stiffness and pain
When should I see a doctor?
If you’ve never had heel pain before then it’s a good idea to turn to our Hackensack, NJ, foot doctor for an evaluation so you know whether you are dealing with plantar fasciitis or another condition. Since there are many issues that can lead to heel pain it’s important that you are following the right treatment plan.
You should also come in for a professional evaluation if:
- Your heel pain is getting worse
- You are dealing with severe pain or swelling
- You aren’t experiencing numbness or tingling in the heel
- You can’t put weight on the foot
- Symptoms aren’t improving after a week of at-home care and rest
Podiatry Foot & Ankle Institute provides comprehensive foot and ankle services to the Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, areas. If you are having trouble getting heel pain under control then give us a call today.
Does Your Bunion Need Surgery?
Do you need bunion surgery? A bunion is an unnatural, bony prominence that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions often cause swelling and pain around the joint at the base of the big toe. Wearing high heels or narrow-toed shoes can cause bunions. Some illnesses, such as arthritis can also cause bunions. Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute, which is located in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, offers a range of treatments for bunions. Read on to find out if your bunion needs surgery.
What is bunion surgery?
The type of surgery performed depends on your age, the severity of the bunion, activity level, and general health. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity and relieve pain. For a mild bunion, your doctor in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, may remove the enlarged portion of bone and realign the muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding the joint. For a moderate bunion, the doctor may cut the bone and shift it to its proper position. For a severe bunion, your doctor may remove the enlarged portion of the bone, and cut and realign the bone.
Do I need bunion surgery?
Some bunions may require surgery, but only if the symptoms are severe. You shouldn’t undergo surgery just because you don’t like the way your foot looks, because the risks can outweigh the benefits. You may require surgery if you have severe pain when walking or wearing flat shoes. Surgery may also be needed when swelling is not relieved with rest or medication. Another reason for surgery includes an inability to straighten and bed the toe.
What are the risks of surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur. Some possible complications may include infection, swelling, stiffness, numbness, and delayed healing. Other complications may nerve damage, continued pain, and recurrence of the bunion. There may be other risks depending on the patient's specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your podiatrist before you undergo surgery.
What happens after surgery?
Your doctor will give you instructions for caring for your foot at home after the procedure. You may be discharged from the hospital wearing a surgical shoe or cast to protect your foot. Once you get home, you'll need to rerst and keep your foot elevated on pillows to help reduce swelling and pain. Your doctor may recommend that apply ice to your foot and limit walking. Take a pain reliever for discomfort as recommended by your doctor. Your foot may need continuous support from dressings or a brace several weeks after surgery.
Say hello to healthy and happy feet. If you have a bunion, call Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute at (201) 488-3668 today to schedule a consultation with one of our podiatrists in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ. We will help you get rid of that bunion once and for all. We want you to live your best possible life!
Playing a sport is fun, healthy, and keeps you physically fit, but it also comes with its downsides, including unexpected injuries. The US Department of Health and Human Services conducted a survey that found there are about 8.6 million injuries related to athletics or recreation each year. A good portion of those cases are injuries to the feet and ankles. Get familiar with the common sports injuries and how they can be treated by a podiatrist at Podiatry Foot & Ankle Institute in Montvale and Hackensack, NJ.
Common Foot-Related Sports Injuries
Almost every sport requires continuous use of the feet and ankles, from basketball to hockey to boxing. A wide array of potential foot injuries are possible, including:
- Ankle fractures and sprains or strains.
- Stress fractures.
- Achilles tendonitis.
- Plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome (causes heel pain).
- Neuromas (thickened nerve tissues).
When to Seek Help for a Sports Injury
Some sports players try to “play through their pain”, hoping that the injury will go away or heal on its own, but that is not a wise course of action in the long-term. In many cases, the injury will get worse the more you continue to participate in athletics without seeing your Montvale and Hackensack, NJ foot doctor for therapy. Consult a podiatrist at the first sign of pain, weakness, or instability in the foot. In some cases, simply wrapping the foot or wearing an orthotic device could be the solution. In other cases, you may need a more aggressive treatment like laser therapy or fusion surgery for the feet or ankles.
Sports Injury Prevention Tips
Though some injuries can’t be avoided, there are preventative actions you can take to reduce the chance of seriously hurting your feet. Here are a few tips to follow:
- Check your footwear to ensure that you are wearing the proper types of sneakers or cleats.
- Learn and practice foot stretching techniques before participating in sports.
- Know the RICE technique (rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the feet when there’s foot pain) and don’t hesitate to schedule a follow-up appointment with your podiatrist when needed.
Call for Help with Your Injury
It’s always a good idea to seek advice and treatment from a podiatrist after a sports injury. Call (201) 488-3668 today to schedule a visit to Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute in Montvale or Hackensack, NJ.
Isn’t it time you found out if custom orthotics could improve your foot health?
Our feet put up with a lot of abuse day in and day out. So if there was a way to provide a little support and pampering for them, wouldn’t you? Since it’s not that common for people to have a normal foot that doesn’t require support, it’s possible that custom orthotics made by your Montvale, NJ podiatrist could go a long way to improving the way you move.
What are orthotics?
These shoe inserts are designed to fit into your shoes to provide your feet with support, stability, cushioning and shock absorption while moving around or standing for long periods of time. Different types of orthotics are made to handle a variety of different foot problems.
Who should consider orthotics?
Since most people don’t have perfect feet, chances are good that orthotics could be a great option for you. If you are dealing with any of these conditions, then it’s time to talk to your podiatrist about whether custom orthotics is right for you:
Diabetic foot problems
Foot, ankle or heel pain
There is no age range for getting orthotics. Everyone from children to older adults can benefit from wearing custom orthotics.
Can’t I just buy them at my local drugstore?
While orthotics can be found at your nearest drugstore, it doesn’t mean this is always the best option. With their one size fits most approach, these shoe inserts aren’t tailored to your needs the way custom orthotics prescribed by your foot doctor will be. Plus, custom orthotics can be made from a variety of different materials depending on the issues you are looking to treat. You won’t get the same quality product from an over-the-counter orthotic.
Contact your Montvale, NJ Podiatrist
Want to know whether your feet could benefit from all that orthotics offer? Then it’s time you turned to your Montvale, NJ podiatrist today to find out if orthotics could give you the freedom to move around pain-free.
Is there a knob on the side of your big toe? Is it hard and bony? If that's the case, you may have a bunion and your Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, podiatrists can help.
Bunions can affect your walking because of friction and pressure that makes it painful to walk.
Do you have bunion(s)?
If you start to notice the joint of your big toe becoming larger, then you may be suffering from a bunion. Bunion protrusions can be very painful and other issues such as flat feet, foot injuries, and neuromuscular problems may contribute to their formation.
What causes bunions?
The problem with bunions is that they can cause the formation of other toe deformities, such as:
Here are some reasons bunions are formed:
- Tight, narrow shoes and high heels
- Occupational foot stress
- Genetics and foot type
- Foot trauma, or injury
- Rheumatoid arthritis
How do you treat bunions?
Your Hackensack and Montvale doctor may recommend an orthotic device designed to keep your toe in the proper position. If your doctor needs to take a more invasive approach, they may do the following:
- Straightening your foot and big toe
- Remove some bone in the big toe
- Remove swollen tissue around the joint
- Fuse your big toe joints together
Before resorting to surgery, there are conservative methods to help treat bunions, such as:
- Taping foot to support bunion and cushioning it
- Wearing shoe inserts, or padding to cushion bunion and reduce friction
- Changing to wide, supportive shoes, or sandals, instead of tight, narrow shoes
Bunions are painful to deal with. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, just call your Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, podiatrists today at 201-488-3668.