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September 15, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Heel pain which results in difficulty walking or standing is frustrating, irritating and can decrease your quality of everyday life. While there heel painare many ways to treat this unfortunate condition, radial shockwave therapy can help you heal faster and more effectively. Learn more about radial shockwave therapy with your podiatrist at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ.

What is radial shockwave therapy? 
Doctors use shockwave therapy for multiple conditions in various fields. This non-invasive, non-surgical and painless therapy eliminates the need for incisions, recovery times and pain killers. Shockwave therapy uses high-energy waves to the problem area, which promotes the body’s natural healing process, speeds cell growth and helps restore mobility and range of motion.

What does radial shockwave therapy treat? 
Shockwave therapy is versatile and effective in treating many conditions, including:

  • heel spur
  • tendonitis
  • plantar fasciitis
  • tennis elbow
  • shoulder pain
  • knee pain
  • ankle pain
  • heel pain
  • hip pain

Radial Shockwave Therapy in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ
Your doctor will first locate the painful area in question during a physical examination. A gel to help the shockwaves transfer to the necessary tissues and penetrate them to reach the painful tissue. The application of the shockwaves involves a special wand attached to the shockwave therapy machine. The wand, placed against the skin in the treatment area, emits the waves.

The procedure is painless and fast, lasting only a few minutes. The number of treatments required depends on the patient and their condition, but many patients need three to five sessions. However, patients often report feeling less pain immediately after their first treatment. Some people may experience some soreness in the treatment area several hours after the procedure though this usually clears up on its own within a day. Your doctor may recommend you stay away from physical activity for about two days after treatment.

For more information on radial shockwave therapy and heel pain treatments, please contact Dr. Edward Harris, Dr. Antonella Cella and Dr. Neil Goldberg at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ. Call (201) 488-3668 to schedule your appointment today!

September 01, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

A bunion is an unnatural, bony bump that develops on the joint at the base of the big toe. This bump is an abnormality of the foot bones. bunionsRead on to find out what causes bunions and how a Montvale and Hackensack, NJ podiatrist can help you.

What Causes Bunions?

For many individuals, bunions run in the family. If bunions run in your family, your risk of developing them is higher. However, this doesn't mean that you will definitely develop bunions.

Women are especially prone to developing bunions. Years of wearing poorly fitting footwear -- especially high heels -- can cause bunions. Such footwear gradually pushes the foot bones into an unnatural shape.

Bunions are associated with certain types of arthritic conditions. The types of arthritis thought to cause bunions include rheumatoid arthritis, gout and psoriatic arthritis. Arthritis in the toe may also develop as a result of a bunion.

How Your Montvale and Hackensack Podiatrist Can Help

Bunions can be treated with an over-the-counter or prescription pain reliever, as well as a medication to relieve inflammation and swelling. Cortisone injections are also helpful for treating bunions.

We can give you bunion pads to cushion the bony area of your feet when you wear shoes. Bunion pads place a barrier between the bunion and skin and can alleviate the irritation. Bunion pads provide all-day relief from painful shoe pressure.

There are different types of surgeries to correct a bunion. Bunion surgery may be recommended, but only if your symptoms are severe enough to warrant such intervention. In general, if your bunion is not painful, you do not need surgery.

A bunion that is left untreated can cause severe pain. Don't let a bunion knock you off your feet. Call Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute at (201) 488-3668 to schedule an appointment with one of our world-class Montvale and Hackensack, NJ podiatrists today. We can help you get rid of that bunion once and for all.