Posts for: March, 2017
Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee specializes in quality foot care and is ready to help you primp your feet for the winter’s thaw! Warts are just not welcome when it comes to spring style. Perhaps you developed a wart over the winter or have been meaning to get rid of that persistent wart that just will not go away on its own. Let’s look at some facts about warts;
What exactly is a wart?
They can be hard and flat, black or brown and mostly show up on the bottom of your feet, but can pop up elsewhere, where you don’t want to see them, like your toes. Although they are rather harmless they can be treated very easily in our office.
How can I be sure it’s a wart?
The first sign is them just showing up on the bottom of your foot and you may notice it as you are washing your feet. They can be mistaken for corns or calluses because they tend to have layers of dead skin around the area that becomes irritated. But a foot wart is raised and fleshy and will reoccur in the same spot.
How did I manage to get one?
Probably from a locker room or a public pool. The human papillomavirus (HPV) can find its way into your foot through a cut or bruise and lives in public showers, pools and then is happy to settle into your athletic shoes. It spreads quickly if you let it so it is best to get treatment right away.
What can I do to get rid of them?
- Cover your cuts or bruises to keep any potential infections away from your feet.
- Try not to share personal items like socks, shoes or towels with friends.
- Avoid touching the wart too much as it can help the infection to spread and cause more warts.
- If your feet are dry then they can’t stay alive too long, they love the moist environment so snuff them out with dryness.
- Barefoot is fun and free but unfortunately it comes with some risks. Walking around in public places swings that door wide open to the virus. Flip flops are always recommended in public areas and are the next best thing to naked feet.
Schedule an appointment with our team of professionals in any one of our five locations; for New Jersey residents, Fort Lee and Ringwood and our New York residents, Queens, Woodhaven, Brooklyn and Forest Hills. For more information call us at 201- 363-9844. Bring out those sandals and let the warts melt away with the snow!
You will be counting little toes soon but until then you need to take care of your own. At Foot and Ankle Care Center of Fort Lee, we want to help you stay on your feet and remain healthy while you are pregnant. Some woman dream all their lives about having a baby and others stumble into it not knowing what to expect. Perhaps you have prepared yourself but here are a few topics that may help.
Fairytale or Reality
- Whose shoes are these? Can pregnancy cause your feet to grow? After pregnancy, you may not get that glass slipper back on, sorry. Woman’s feet can grow at least a half size and could continue to grow with each pregnancy.
- Have I become a mermaid? Can water retention cause edema? You are not alone in this one as it is very common at the end of the last trimester. It can be uncomfortable but some experts say the swelling can benefit your body. As your body retains the fluid (which causes the swelling) it becomes softer and can prepare your pelvic joints and tissues for delivery. However, any abnormal swelling should be looked at immediately by a doctor.
- Did I eat too much porage? Gaining weight can cause temporary foot issues and it seems that when the pregnancy weight comes on there are risks for the following conditions to occur; fallen arches (flat feet) heel spurs (plantar fasciitis) metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot)
Rest Up Good and Treat Symptoms
- Rest and elevate your feet as much as you can
- Drink a lot of water throughout your day
- Use cold compresses on swollen ankles or feet
- Wear supportive stockings, socks and shoes
- Soak your feet in an Epsom salt bath
- Eat the right foods for an appropriate weight gain plan
Being pregnant can be a marvelous experience but can also come with some discomforts and concerns. If you are experiencing any trouble with your feet or ankles, either mentioned above or not, please call us so we can give you the care you and your baby need during this special time. We have six conveniently located offices for you to schedule an appointment; Fort Lee and Ringwood in New Jersey plus Flushing Queens, Wood Haven, Brooklyn and their newest location in Forest Hills in New York. Call us at 201-363-9844, so our team can look at your head and shoulders, knees and TOES! Well, mostly toes.
We are finally getting closer to Spring as we turn our clocks ahead and the days will slowly get longer! This means more activities including cycling, which has become a favorite among many people. Whether it be for transportation, pleasure or sport it is enjoyed by millions of Americans every year. Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC understands the safety of bicycling and the effects it can have on your body.
Cycling tips that won’t tip you over:
- Athletic shoe for leisure cyclists can be a typical athletic shoe used for other activities such as walking, cross training or jogging
- Cycling shoes are designed for the more serious cyclist and should fit snugly around the top of the foot and heel.
- Road cycling or racing cyclist should wear a stiff sole and narrow heeled shoes
- Mountain or off road cyclists need a good tread and a rugged sole
- Toe clips on the pedals allow the cyclist to shift power from body to pedal
- You can also use a shoe that clips into the pedal but you would not be able to walk in them off the bike
- When getting fitted for any of these options take the sock you plan to use with you when you shop
Four Risks that can spin you into injury
- Achilles tendinitis ~ the tendon on the back of the leg that is connected to the heel. Riding with your seat too low or pedaling incorrectly can affect this tendon ~ try to stretch and relax your muscles before and after riding.
- Plantar fasciitis ~ the tissue on the bottom of the heel. Keeping the seat high will relieve the pressure put on that part of the foot while riding.
- Foot numbness ~ also known as pins and needles. The top of the foot and the big toe go numb due to poor fitting shoes and tight clips. Loosen straps and get the right shoe ~ simple solution.
- Metatarsalgia ~ pain in the ball of the foot. Pedaling incorrectly can cause this but correcting foot position and getting the right shoe should fix this.
If you are just starting out on your cycling road trip or have injured yourself from a previous ride contact us at one of our six (6) locations; Fort Lee and Ringwood NJ or Brooklyn, Forest Hills Woodhaven and Flushing NY. Our team of podiatrists are ready to serve you so call for an appointment 201-363-9662. Spring is slowly creeping in and fevers are flying high so use your common sense and “Keep on cyclin”.
Do you remember hammer time? If you were around in the 80’s you know your next thought will be that you can’t touch this. Well, now that we got that out of the way, let’s get serious about the matter because MC Hammer isn’t going to fix it unless he is a podiatrist.
Hammer toes are a deformity that causes your toes to bend or curl downward resembling a hammer. Our team at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee can diagnose a hammer toe quickly during a routine exam and take imaging or
x-rays to see how extensive the damage is.
If you recognize any of these symptoms you should call for an appointment without delay:
- A toe that bends downward
- Corns and calluses on those toes
- Trouble walking
- Claw like toes
- Less flexibility to wiggle that toe
Genetics can play a big role in your foot type and predisposition to joint deformity. If you have high arches your toes work harder to stabilize your balance which can also lead to hammer toes. Another leading culprit are those fashionable shoes that lend little to no arch support and put pressure on the toes and joints. Lastly, neuromuscular disease (a disorder that effects the nervous system) can contribute to the development of a hammer toe and people with diabetes are at a higher risk as well. In severe instances with poor blood flow more complications can arise then just hammer toes. This should all be considered and diagnosed properly.
Here are some sensible ways to fix hammer toes without having surgery
- Wear wider shoes with a good arch support and a non- medicated padding.
- Use a pumice stone to treat the calluses and corns associated with hammer toes
- Do foot exercises like extending and curling toes. Moving the toes one at a time can help prevent the toe from becoming deformed.
These remedies may work in some cases where the toe can be corrected easily. However, surgery can be the best way to permanently fix a hammer toe that is severely deformed. Either way your feet deserve to look as good as they can, especially in the warmer months. Call Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC in any of our 5 conveniently located offices; 2 in NJ; Fort Lee and Ringwood or any of our 3 in NY; Flushing, Woodhaven and Brooklyn. It’s time to fix your hammer toe!
Ankle pain involves any discomfort in one or both ankles and is often due to a sprain. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments which connects our bones to each other. When the ankle is twisted inward it causes small tears in that ligament which leads to bruising and swelling and the ankle can no longer take its normal weight.
Ankle sprains or ankle pain is caused by:
- Damage of tendons or cartilage
- Infection in the ankle joint
- Arthritis ~ rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, Reiter syndrome, etc.
- Heel pain
- Nerve injuries ~ sciatica, tarsal tunnel, etc.
- Blood vessel blockage in one or both legs
- Rest the injured ankle for at least a week ~ do not put weight on it
- Ace bandage the ankle or a use a brace that supports the ankle
- Use crutches or a cane when walking
- Keep the foot elevated above your heart and use a pillow under the ankle when sleeping
- Ice the area right away
- Pain relievers from the store will help rest the ankle
- Always warm up before you exercise
- Make sure shoes fit properly
- Lose weight if necessary and applicable
- Practice good balance and agility exercises
If you have severe ankle pain even when you are inactive or resting you should contact us at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee right away. If you have a history of arthritis, symptoms of infection or suspect a broken bone or your symptoms include a fever of over 100 then a trip to the doctor or emergency room is highly suggested.
Our podiatrists believe in immediate treatment of any foot injury and educating yourself to make the right decision for that immediate treatment is essential. Here at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, we welcome new patients and are committed to providing the best treatment available. Our team of doctors are Board Certified or Board Qualified and handle all types of foot conditions.
For your convenience, we have two offices in New Jersey (Ringwood and Fort Lee) 201-363-9844 and three offices in New York (Flushing, Woodhaven and Brooklyn) 718-263-3668. Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee will even make house calls in Fort Lee or Queens so NO EXCUSES there!