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Keeping your feet healthy after all the walking, running, climbing, and standing they do on a daily basis can be more easily accomplished when you take the time and effort to properly care for them before problems pop up. When you do notice signs of any problems, see your foot doctor to take care of them before they get more pronounced and painful, especially if you have diabetes.
Excellent proactive ways to keep your feet healthy include the following:
- Regular foot inspections—While it’s especially important for patients with diabetes to perform daily foot inspections, we can all benefit from a daily or at least weekly foot checkup. Look for bruises, blisters, and cuts and don’t forget to look between your toes and at the bottoms of your feet, using a mirror if needed. Check your toenails for fungal infections or any signs of ingrown toenails. Foot deformities like bunions respond to treatment better in the early stages so early detection is preferable.
- Correct toenail cutting method—Take the effort to carefully trim your toenails as straight across as possible and a little beyond the end of the toe to help avoid ingrown toenails. This way, the toenail won’t be able to easily grow into the tender skin at the edge.
- Wear properly-fitted shoes with custom orthotic inserts—Your footwear needs to be supportive with extra room in the toe box so your toes can move without rubbing against the inside of your shoes. Having a computerized gait analysis performed by your foot doctor will determine your foot type. The use of custom orthotic inserts, braces, and arch supports can alleviate pain and discomfort in your feet, knees, hips, and back as well.
Keep your feet healthy with regular visits to your podiatrist. 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!
Since there are many possible problems that can cause pain on the top of your foot, you should always see your foot doctor for any pain and discomfort that lasts for more than a few days.
Some common reasons for top of the foot pain include the following:
- Poorly fitting shoes—Shoes that are too tight increase the pressure and stress to the top of the foot causing swelling, painful redness and blistering. Shoes that are too loose can also cause rubbing, so always have new footwear properly fitted at least once a year.
- Diseases—Diabetes, arthritis, and gout can all cause swelling and tenderness around the bones, tendons, and other tissues on top of the foot. Numbness and tingling from peripheral nerve damage caused by diabetes are also often experienced at the top of the foot.
- Fractures—Many very small bones are located in the foot, especially on the top, and these can be easily injured by stubbing your big toe or by dropping something heavy on your foot. You can also experience hairline or stress fractures on the top of the foot that can be detected by a physical exam and confirmed with imaging tests.
- Hormone imbalance—Pain and swelling on the top of the foot are common during pregnancy or menopause and is often exacerbated by changing hormone levels.
If you are experiencing pain on the top of your foot, you need to consult with your board certified foot doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment. 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!
Gout is often thought of as a condition affecting older people and it is most common between the ages of 40 and 60. But gout can occur in men and women who are much younger and older. The big toe and ankle joints are frequently affected by symptoms of extreme pain and tenderness to the touch.
Gout is the body’s response to too much uric acid in the blood. While uric acid is a normal component of blood, when the concentration is too high it will crystallize into the peripheral joints causing considerable pain.
Some causes of and contributing factors to a gout attack include the following:
● Having high blood pressure
● High stress
● Chemotherapy side effects
● Certain medications and vitamins
Some excellent recommendations to treat a gout attack and to avoid getting gout in the first place include the following:
- Avoid consuming beverages and foods high in purines like shellfish, organ meats, red wine, beer, and organ meats
- Prescription medications like allopurinol can be used to decrease uric acid and treat pain and swelling
- Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages which can cause dehydration and increase uric acid
- Avoid putting any weight on the foot as much as possible and raise the foot above your heart to help reduce swelling and discomfort.
The symptoms of a gout attack will usually subside within a few hours or days. If you have repeated gout attacks, treatment with long-term medication may be appropriate and will help avoid permanent damage to the joints.
If you are having foot or ankle problems caused by gout, 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!
Proper care of your feet is extremely important when you have diabetes. This disease causes nerve damage in your feet that can make it hard to know when you have an injury. The reduced circulation often experienced by patients with diabetes also causes wounds and blisters to heal more slowly or not at all. This can increase the risk of a terrible infection that could lead to amputation of one or more of your toes, or even an entire foot in severe cases.
The following tips will help avoid major problems:
- Daily foot checks— Check for any cuts, blisters, swelling or redness. Be sure to look between your toes since problems can easily go unnoticed in this area. You can check the bottom of your feet with a mirror.
- Wash and carefully dry your feet every day—Always test that the water is not too hot and carefully wash and dry your feet at least once a day to keep fungi and bacteria under control.
- Cut your toenails correctly—To avoid ingrown toenails, cut them straight across and not too short.
- Corns and calluses—should be treated by your podiatrist to avoid any cuts and infections.
- Wear specially-designed diabetic shoes—These are an excellent way to keep your feet in good health with the added comfort and support they provide.
- Don’t smoke tobacco—Smoking causes restriction of blood flow and contributes to neuropathy.
- Get regular foot exams—See your podiatrist for proper evaluation and to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for the ongoing care of your feet.
If you are experiencing diabetic foot complications, 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!
Choosing the right shoes is one of the best decisions you can make to keep your feet happy and healthy. The many benefits of properly-supported feet radiate to your knees, hips, and back, so make choosing the correct footwear for work, sporting, and leisure pursuits a high priority.
Some tips for choosing the right shoes include the following:
- The necessary support for your arch and ball—The metatarsal dome in the ball area of your foot needs proper support to equalize imbalances, so always choose shoes with good support in that area. This will help prevent nerve pinching and conditions like sesamoiditis and neuromas. Sturdy, well-fitted shoes with the correct arch support are essential for optimal foot and overall health.
- Breathable fibers—Natural fibers like canvas and leather, and man-made fibers like Gore-Tex are flexible and breathable and allow for moisture evaporation. This is essential since your feet have many sweat glands, and keeping your feet dry prevents blisters, rashes, and infections from fungi and bacteria. Infections are a major cause of foot complications, especially in patients who have diabetes, where even a minor cut can go unnoticed and lead to an ulcer and possible amputation.
- Deep heel cups—A deep heel cup in will surround your heel, increase stability and ensure the best support by keeping your heel from moving from side to side.
Your podiatrist can perform a computerized gait analysis to determine your foot type and what shoe is right for you. If you would like help choosing the right footwear, 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!