Posts for: February, 2017
What is Neuroma and what causes it?
It is a benign growth of nerve tissue most commonly found between the third and fourth toes. When your toes are pressed together for a lengthy amount of time, the nerve that runs between your toes will swell causing pain when you put pressure on that foot.
What are the symptoms?
A burning or sharp pain in your foot that hurts more when you apply pressure or walk on it. It can feel like a small bump is nestled inside the ball of your foot. Burning, tingling and numbness between the toes and ball of the foot may occur as well.
How is it diagnosed?
During your examination one of our Board Certified Doctors will order an x-ray of your foot to make sure nothing else is causing the pain before they will diagnose your condition. They will also apply pressure on the space between your toe and bone to create the pain. This will help determine if there is a possible stress fracture. Last, a range of motion test will rule out arthritis or joint inflammation.
What are the treatments?
You may be able to treat this problem at home first by trying the following suggestions:
- Avoid wearing tight, pointy, or high-heeled shoes.
- Rest your feet and reduce any activities that put pressure on your toes.
- Apply ice for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time.
- Try anti- inflammatory medicine to help reduce pain and swelling.
- Massaging your foot around the nerve or painful area.
If these suggestions do not clear up your symptoms, our podiatrist may recommend cushions or devices that will separate your toes to keep them from squeezing the nerve. It is common in more than 200,000 people per year but can be treated easily by our medical professionals. If you contact one of our conveniently located offices in Ringwood and Fort Lee NJ or Flushing, Woodhaven and Brooklyn NY, our team of professionals will be able to help!
The answer is ~ a lot if we tune them up! It’s no surprise our feet age as we get older just like the rest of our limbs and consequently become more open to injury and infection. If you are in your senior years or have an elderly family member who is experiencing foot discomfort it would be wise to have a full examination from our expert podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee LLC.
Basic Senior Foot Care Tips:
- Shoes are very important if you are still mobile ~ they should fit comfortably
with a wide toe box and arch support along with adequate cushioning in the sole.
- Your feet should be cleaned every day with warm water and soap and pat
them dry over harsh towel rubbing.
- Keep your nails clipped straight across the tip of the nail.
- Inspect your feet often checking them for any color change or unusual bumps, nail distortion or bruises.
- Moisturize your feet but make sure it doesn’t collect between your toes.
- Wear clean and dry socks everyday.
- Avoid socks with elastic tops or rough ridges if your leg or foot turns black or blue.
- Create a foot care kit to have handy when you need it.
If you would just like some advice or want to send a message with your concerns before you come in to the office, please contact our doctors anytime. Our elders are dear to all of us and should feel comfortable talking about their care when they are ready. Sometimes pushing them too soon can delay them getting the help they need. They have been independent for so long but we can be their advocates.
Noticeable change for concern:
- Reduced sensation to pain or very hot/cold temps
- Foot injuries that don’t seem to heal
- Unusual numbness or cramping in feet
- If feet are in pain while walking but are relieved when rested
Three out of four seniors develop foot problems in their later years. Ignoring it won’t be of any help to you or your family. Call 201-363-9844 and schedule a visit with Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee LLC. Don’t let your feet fail you now because you still have plenty more miles to go!
You do not have to suffer in your golden years from aging foot problems that could potentially ruin your independence or mobility. If you live in the New Jersey/New York State area and are need medical advice for yourself or a loved one call one of our offices in Fort Lee, Ringwood or Flushing as soon as possible:
A visit to the nail salon is one of the many primping trips woman take when winter blues are turning into spring fever. Before you get your peek a boo toe shoes out, take notice of these easy tips to help keep your feet glamorous.
Here are 5 simple steps to follow.
Planning & Preventing
- Timing: Schedule your appointment first thing in the morning when the salon opens. The foot tubs will likely be at their cleanest and this simple step could prevent bacteria from transferring to your feet or toe nails.
- Tools: Bring your own sanitized tools from home – this will reduce risk of fungal infection because you know they were already sterilized and notpreviously used by a stranger.
- Clipping: Make certain that your pedicurist cuts your toenails straight
across the top with your toenail clipper - any other style will increase
risk of injuring your nail which can then let bacteria in quickly.
- Cleaning: Be sure that your cuticle tool is rubber or wood to remove
dirt and push back your cuticle. Metal tools can increase injury risk.
- Shaving: Shave legs the day before your pedicure. A razor can leave mild abrasions that you cannot notice easily so allow a day for your pores to recover.
- Discoloration under the nail- often black, green or yellow
- Thickened and rough nail surface
- Strange or foul odor
- Weakness around the edges of the nail
Waiting too long to treat a nail infection properly can cause deeper problems that will become harder to treat and those peek a boo toed shoes will go back to hiding in the closet!
If you do contract a fungal infection and over the counter drugs or home remedies do not give you full relief be sure to contact us at one of our five offices conveniently located in New Jersey and New York or request an appointment with any of our board-certified Doctors.