Posts for: May, 2017
Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee knows that your feet need to carry you through the day. And if they are not cooperating, you may want to ask yourself these a few simple questions to see if there is something more to your foot discomfort or pain.
- Do you feel like your feet have pins and needles poking into them?
- Do you have sores on your feet that are not healing right away?
- Have you noticed a slow growth pattern in your toe nails or toe hair?
- Are your feet cold while the rest of your body is at the right temperature?
- Have your feet become pale or changed in color to a light red or blue?
Life does not always allow the time or convenience to maintain your feet but Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC can provide you with the treatment you need if you can identify with one or more of the following symptoms:
- Unhealthy lifestyle decisions
- Not exercising enough or not exercising at all
- Being overweight or obese without making changes to lose weight
- Poor food and meal choices
However, there are some helpful steps you can take to prevent poor foot circulation that does not require a huge change in your daily lifestyle:
- Good foot hygiene and taking care of your corns and calluses right away
- Inspect your feet for change in color or sores that have not healed
- Wear proper shoes that do not create pressure on parts of your feet
- See your doctor to treat wounds or infections before they become worse
If numbness or tingling in your feet occurs you may be at risk for more serious diseases. Some of these habits associated with the symptoms can cause an irregular blood flow to your organs or muscles and create permanent nerve damage. This could lead to problems such as diabetes, kidney damage or strokes. If this is something you are questioning it is time to call one of our offices in Fort Lee, Ringwood, New Jersey or Brooklyn, Flushing or Forest Hills, New York at 201-363-9662 for an appointment. Circulation is vital to good health and our feet need to keep moving for us to keep moving!
Let’s take a closer at the condition and understand it’s effects.
- Neuroma is an enlarged benign growth of nerves that are caused by the foot’s tissue rubbing against the nerves.
- A sensation of numbness, tingling, burning or pain in the ball of your foot may occur.
- Ischemic Foot causes a decrease in blood flow from the heart to the feet. This brings on muscle cramping, discoloration, cold feet and eventually ulcers.
- Acrocyanosis is a disorder that is painless but effects the blood supply from the arteries to the skin. It’s usually harmless but can be a sign of other problems. Your feet may be constantly cold, sweaty, swollen or discolored.
- Chilblains also known as cold feet. And it isn’t just in the winter, circulation becomes a problem and you can develop redness, swelling and itchy skin.
Nerve or vascular problems effect blood flow and circulation and the treatment for most of these are simple and can be corrected with a visit to the podiatrist. If left unattended however, this could cause more serious conditions, especially in diabetics. Walking, exercising, keeping your feet warm, wearing roomy and lose shoes are all good affordable ways to keep your feet clear of vascular difficulty.
How can I avoid surgery?
- Wear a simple pad and the right shoes with a wide toe box and low heel to reduce the weight on the ball of the foot.
- Your podiatrist can recommend a series of cortisol injections in the problem area.
- Freezing or sealing the nerve with laser treatment can be another alternative treatment.
- Alcohol solutions or vitamin B12 can be a more natural remedy.
- Stretching your toes regularly will keep circulation and blood flow moving constantly.
If you need a diagnosis contact us at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC by calling 201-363-9662 and schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Fort Lee and Ringwood New Jersey or Forest Hills, Flushing, Woodhaven or Brooklyn New York.
We may throw that term around loosely when we feel someone has lost the nerve to fulfill their responsibility, hence the saying “they must have cold feet”. But both terms are not related in this case and these medical terms can be confusing when we hear them from a doctor or read them on line as we try to self-diagnose. Cold feet can be a result of many conditions and Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC specializes in nerve problems associated with your feet. If you suspect you may have any of these symptoms call us for a consultation.
- Neuroma is an enlarged benign growth of nerves that are caused by the foot’s tissue rubbing against the nerves. You may feel a sensation of numbness, tingling, burning or pain in the ball of your foot.
- Chilblains (cold feet) is affiliated with the skin and how it reacts poorly to the cold. Circulation can be an issue and you may develop redness, swelling and itchy skin in addition to your feet always being cold.
- Ischemic Foot causes a decrease in blood flow from the heart to the feet. You may experience muscle cramping, discoloration, cold feet and eventually ulcers.
- Acrocyanosis is painless but effects the blood supply from the arteries to the skin. It usually remains a harmless condition but can be a sign of having other conditions in the rest of your body. Your feet may be constantly cold, sweaty, swollen or discolored.
Nerve or vascular problems, such as the ones mentioned above, have two things in common, blood flow and circulation. The treatment for most of these are simple but if left unattended they could result in more problems, especially with diabetic patients. Keeping your feet warm can help along with wearing shoes that fit properly and exercise will certainly keep the blood flowing in your legs, feet and ankles.
If you feel you may have one or more of these symptoms don’t delay and wait for your discomfort or pain to increase. Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee has locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Forest Hills NY, Flushing NY, Woodhaven NY and Brooklyn NY. If cold feet becomes a chronic condition for you, do not hesitate to call us at 201-363-9662 and make an appointment with our team of professionals today!
Corns are caused by repeated friction and pressure but can be fixed with some simple solutions at home. There are a few different types of corns so it will be helpful to know the type of corn you have before investing in over the counter care. A hard corn is a small area on your toe where the skin has thickened and died. When you have a soft corn, you may notice thinner skin on the 4th or 5th toe. Lastly, a seed corn is a tiny and tender callous more likely to form on the bottom of your foot.
Home remedy ideas:
- Pumice Stone ~ Soak your feet to soften the skin and gently rub a wet pumice stone across the corn. Repeat until it becomes smooth.
- Cornstarch ~ Sprinkle a little on the corn to eliminate moisture which keeps toes dry.
- Baking Soda ~ Mix with hot water and soak your feet for 10 minutes per day. This should remove the dead skin and take the corn with it.
- Vinegar ~ Another good soaking treatment. Use a cotton ball with vinegar and attach it to the corn overnight. The following morning use the pumice stone to rub it off.
- Separate Toes ~ If you use cotton balls in between your toes it should help the corns breath and stop rubbing which could help them to disappear on their own.
- Pineapple ~ Oddly enough there are enzymes in the rind that help to soften the corn. Simply attach a piece overnight to the area. Repeat for three nights and it should go away on its own.
- Moisturize ~ Apply any high-end moisturizer to the corn and surrounding area to keep skin soft for 3 to 4 days.
Remember that these remedies may not be reliable or certain to work, but that is what we are here for. Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee has locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Forest Hills NY, Flushing NY, Woodhaven NY and Brooklyn NY. If your corn becomes extremely painful or appears infected do not hesitate to call us at 201-363-9662 and make an appointment with our team of professionals today!