Posts for: June, 2018
One of the most obvious but often overlooked aspects of foot care is the prevention of foot and ankle problems from happening in the first place. Of course, the importance of regular foot inspections, wearing properly fitted shoes, and doing strengthening and flexibility exercises can’t be overemphasized.
Yet another excellent method for being proactive about your foot health is using custom orthotic inserts to provide additional support and to treat and prevent a wide variety of foot, ankle, knee, and back problems. Orthotics can do this by correcting imbalances with your gait mechanics and foot structure.
Custom orthotic inserts offer the following benefits:
● Pressure and pain relief—Pads and other cushioning and supports can help relieve the pain of many skin conditions such as corns, calluses, and of arch problems like plantar fasciitis and flat feet.
● Ankle and foot stabilization—Stabilizing inserts that help improve balance and prevent ankle wobbling can be essential to preventing falls in the elderly and in those patients who have diabetes.
● Preventing the need for surgery—Proper recommendation and placement of orthotics by a skilled foot doctor can prevent any need for more invasive procedures like surgery.
● Treatment for abnormal foot growths and structural irregularities—Toe issues including bunions and hammertoes can be aided with orthotics and they are an excellent way to treat tendonitis and high arches.
● Treatment of diabetic foot problems—In addition to specially designed and comfortable footwear, custom orthotic inserts can treat and prevent diabetic foot ulcers and other injuries to the feet and ankles that may lead to ulcerating infection and possible amputation.
To get the most out of your orthotic inserts, seek the services of an experienced foot care professional for a proper evaluation of your foot structure and gait mechanics. We highly recommend that you consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Fungal nail infections can also be referred to as “onychomycosis” or even “tinea unguium”! The microscopic fungi that cause these infections thrive in the warm, wet conditions found in most shoes. The same fungi that cause athlete’s foot problems also cause fungal toenail infections, so it can be quite easy for such an infection to spread from your foot to your toenails.
Since the condition isn’t generally very painful, many people don’t even realize that they have a toenail infection until the symptoms become more pronounced over time. These symptoms include altered shape, brittleness, thickness, off-color, and smelliness — an oozing fungal nail infection can produce quite a distinctive smell that may be cringe-worthy!
If your infection has gotten this bad, you may wish to enlist the services of your podiatrist to ensure the best treatment. For difficult cases, this may involve laser therapy or surgical removal of the nail to get at and treat the underlying fungal infection.
You can avoid this by taking some simple steps to prevent nail fungus from getting started in the first place. These steps include:
- Proper toenail cutting technique—Always carefully cut your toenails straight across. A major cause of toenail fungus infections is an ingrown toenail that digs into your skin, allowing the fungi an opening.
- Cleanliness—Fungi need warm, wet conditions to grow. Washing your feet one or more times a day with a mild soap will help keep nail fungi from proliferating. Antifungal topical ointments or sprays can be used after washing.
- Foot protection—Whenever using public areas such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers, always protect your feet by wearing shower shoes or sandals to minimize contact with microbial invaders.
If you are experiencing a difficult fungal nail infection, we highly recommend that you consult our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Foot and ankle problems can become more difficult to treat as they progress. Since a foot or ankle problem may often be a sign of a systemic health problem, it is all the more important to get a proper diagnosis from your podiatrist and to pursue the recommended treatment, thus avoiding any chronic or more debilitating problems down the road.
Your feet and ankles form the foundation that the rest of your body depends upon for walking, running, and standing. With the myriad of bones, ligaments, tendons, and tissues in your feet and ankles that can sustain an injury, it is always best to have regular exams performed by your foot care professional to treat and prevent problems early and to help you experience your best foot and ankle health.
6 of the many reasons you should consult with your podiatrist include:
- Severe pain—If you have pain in your foot or ankle that doesn’t improve after several days of rest, icing, compression and elevation, you need to see your foot doctor immediately to check for the cause.
- Color changes to the skin or toenails—Skin and toenail color changes may be an indication of a fungal nail infection or possibly skin cancer.
- Toe deformities—Toe deformities like bunions and hammertoes need to be treated by your podiatrist before they worsen and require surgery.
- Skin abnormalities—Your podiatrist can expertly treat skin conditions such as corns and calluses without causing further complications from accidental cuts.
- Numbness, tingling, and swelling—These symptoms can be caused by a variety of conditions including diabetes, gout, and peripheral artery disease.
- Cuts or wounds that don’t heal quickly—Individuals battling diabetes have to be especially careful with cuts and scrapes since ulcerating infections can quickly occur and amputation of a toe or foot can rapidly become necessary.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your feet and ankles, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
The condition of an ingrown toenail is also called onychocryptosis. An ingrown toenail can be a severely debilitating problem, especially when it occurs in multiple toes simultaneously on both feet which can cause a never-ending battle with painful swelling and infections.
It isn’t always obvious that an inward growing toenail is the cause of your pain and discomfort. Symptoms include swelling around the nail and minor bleeding. If you notice redness, yellowing, and a warm feeling in the skin around the toe, there may be an infection that needs to be treated right away to avoid more serious complications including possible amputation.
The causes of ingrown toenails often include the following:
- Proper nail cutting technique—The main cause of a toenail growing into your skin is from improper cutting technique. Be sure to cut straight across and not too short so the nail edge remains away from your tender skin.
- Injury—When your toe experiences trauma such as by dropping a heavy object on it, it can cause the nail to grow into your skin.
- Poorly-fitting shoes—Narrow toe boxes can increase the pressure on the toes causing this condition and a variety of others including bunions and hammertoes.
- Fungal toenails—This infection can cause a nail to become enlarged and brittle and make it more likely to grow into the skin.
Treating ingrown toenails involves the following:
For the less severe type of ingrown toenails, warm water soaks and antibacterial medications may be enough to correct the issue. Inserting a small piece of cotton under the edge of the nail can help to prop it up and allow the nail to grow correctly. For severely infected or painful ingrown toenails, your podiatrist can often perform an outpatient procedure involving the numbing of the toe and removal of the ingrown piece of nail.
If you are currently experiencing problems with ingrown toenails, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!