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Monday, 26 February 2018 00:00

Causes and Treatment Options for Bunions

If you have a growth on the bottom of the big toe that appears to be of a bony consistency, you may have what is referred to as a bunion. Symptoms of this condition may consist of pain and swelling around the big toe, in addition to the area feeling sore, and appearing red. They are often caused by a predisposed inherited gene. Additionally, choosing to wear shoes that fit poorly may be another possible cause of bunions. This condition may be more prevalent in women than men because of the type of shoes that are worn. This may occur if high heels are worn frequently, causing the toes to be cramped into a small area, which eventually may change the structure of the foot. Treatment options may include using bunion pads which will cushion the affected area, and may possibly eliminate any discomfort. A consultation with a podiatrist may be considered to discuss proper treatment techniques which may include surgery.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Essex Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Livingston, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

How to Keep Feet Healthy During Pregnancy

It’s common for women who are pregnant to experience swelling and discomfort associated with their feet. Excessive sweating is a typical condition many pregnant women struggle with, and it may result in fungal infections that can occur as a result of excess moisture accumulating between the toes. Keeping the feet healthy, especially during pregnancy, is vital for the general well-being of the body. Performing stretching techniques may aid in preparing the feet to accommodate the additional weight that will be carried during the pregnancy. It’s suggested that incorporating moderate exercise into your daily routine may possibly avoid any numbness occurring in the feet due to excessive inactivity. The choice to avoid wearing high heels is often a wise decision.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Essex Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Livingston, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

Symptoms of Heel Spurs

If you have a growth that’s protruding out of the heel bone, you may have what is referred to as a heel spur. When activities, such as running, are practiced excessively, the band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot may become painful and inflamed. This tissue is known as the plantar fascia, and a spur may develop where the tissue attaches to the heel bone. If you have a heel spur, it’s advised to consult with a podiatrist to learn about appropriate stretching exercises and possible anti-inflammatory medicines to alleviate the pain. Jogging will often enhance any pain resulting from this condition, and it may be suggested to avoid any running activities until seeing a doctor.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact one of our podiatrists from Essex Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main conditions spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Livingston, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 00:00

Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is a common condition affecting many people. Athletes, people suffering from diabetes, or those with weakened immune systems may be more susceptible to developing this condition. The fungus thrives in moist, warm environments, and it may be common in people who sweat often. The fungi are generally very small, and it’s easy for them to enter the body through small cuts on the feet. Some of the symptoms of this condition may include the nails changing color and becoming thickened, in addition to breaking easily. The fungus doesn’t normally lead to serious problems, but it can make the toenails have an unsightly appearance. When you visit your podiatrist, a proper diagnosis can be made and treatment options can be discussed.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Essex Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals &  Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Livingston, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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