Items filtered by date: November 2015

childrens feet11Student athletes from the University of Central Arkansas shoes to over 300 Conway children through the international project Shoes of Hope. The project aims to bring children together by washing their feet and then giving them a new pair of shoes. For this event, the University’s athletes raised over $5,000. Graham Gibbs of Samaritan’s Feet shared, “60 percent of kids K through 12 in Arkansas are either on or eligible for free and reduced lunches. So that’s a demographic stat that we use to gauge need. If they’re needing food, they’re needing clothes, they’re needing shoes.”

Looking out for potential foot and ankle injuries as well as general health is vital in maintaining proper development in children’s feet. If you have any concerns contact one of our podiatrists of Active Foot and Ankle Care LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

  • Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
  • Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

Children of all ages are constantly developing and growing, and as a parent you want to make sure that nothing is hindering their maturation.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 23 November 2015 18:09

New Medications May Help Severe RA Sufferers

toenail fungus7A new form of medications for rheumatoid arthritis patients called Janus kinase inhibitors (JAK inhibitors) has the potential to help patients with moderate to severe RA. The way these JAK inhibitors work is by suppressing a person’s immune system back to its basic roots, reverting the body back to its normal function instead of attacking its own joints like rheumatoid arthritis does. However, these JAK inhibitors have different side effects on different patients, so understanding more about them by doing your own research is highly recommended..

RA can be extremely problematic and painful. For more information about Rheumatoid Arthritis and its symptoms, consult with one of our podiatrists of Active Foot and Ankle Care LLC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

For more information about rheumatoid arthritis please follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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swimming4Because pregnant women put such stress on their feet, finding the right forms of exercise during their pregnancy is essential. One of those exercises is water aerobics, in which you perform aerobic activities in the water in tune with music, building stamina and endurance while also releasing endorphins to relax the mind. The use of water aerobics to remain active during pregnancy as well ease the soreness of swollen feet can be essential to pregnancy health

Swimming is a great way to exercise the feet. If you have any questions regarding the benefits of swimming on the feet, consider contacting one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors will explain the unique health advantages this activity has and recommend some simple exercises.

Benefits of Swimming and Foot care

Our feet receive the most stress on a daily basis. Walking, running, and long standing contribute to pain and stress on the feet. Swimming helps promote circulation and keep the body feeling great and healthy.

Benefits of swimming:

Improve blood circulation

  • Swimming is a good, safe way to get in extra physical activity and improve circulation, without causing further trauma to the feet

Relieve aches or pains

  • It takes all the pressure off of them, allowing the feet to relax and recover, and improves blood flow to them.

Circulation overall for diabetics

  • Swimming contributes to blood flow, and increase oxygen levels within the body.

Reduce foot inflammation

  • Swimming in warm water can increase blood flow and make it easier to move and stretch the afflicted foot. The feet are also exposed in water, giving them much needed air.

Swimming the helpful alternative:

Many people like the elderly and diabetics suffer from weakened muscles and joints. A water sport like swimming will support the body, thus allowing him or her to move freely. Blood flow circulation is a main trigger to tired inflamed feet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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corns2A month before her UFC debut fight, Jessica Aguilar says she suffered a broken toe and broken foot, both on her right foot. It turned out to be a lose-lose situation for Aguilar during her fight with Claudia Gadelha who ended her 10-fight win streak. Aguilar told FOX sports that she “learned from her decision and won’t be doing that again” in regards to trying to fight with a severely debilitated right foot. Aguilar has not called for a return-date and is taking her foot injury much more serious now.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns contact one of our podiatrists of Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any concerns please feel free to contact our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 02 November 2015 01:49

Tips to Avoid Running Injuries this Fall

running shoe9As the cooler Fall weather begins to take over, more people will head outdoors for a run. Here are a few tips to help prevent common foot injuries this season. Achilles tendonitis can usually occur when the tendon between the heel and calf muscle becomes over stressed. Rehabbing the area with ice and anti-inflammatories can help prevent the injury from becoming any more severe. Plantar fasciitis mostly occurs in the heel of the foot and can result in pain all over the body if not properly treated. Stretching and applying ice to the area. Additionally strengthening and stretching the foot, calves, and Achilles tendon can reduce the pain. While injuries typically occur when workouts are intensified, make sure to take it easy and give your feet the proper care they need.

Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. If you are suffering from a running injury see one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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