Items filtered by date: October 2016

Monday, 31 October 2016 11:12

Ben Simmons Recovering from Broken Foot

ankle sprain3Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers underwent successful surgery in New York in late September to repair an acute Jones fracture found in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. At the time, there was no estimated timetable for when Simmons would return. Simmons sustained the injury during the last training camp scrimmage at Stockton University. He rolled his ankle and X-rays and an MRI revealed that Simmons suffered a fracture.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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high heel16More British women than ever before are ditching their high heels for sneakers. Studies show that nearly 37% of women in the UK who bought shoes, bought sneakers. This is compared to 33% who said that they bought high heels. Victoria Beckham recently admitted that she has stopped wearing her high heels because she does not find them comfortable. Wearing comfortable shoes instead of high heels can greatly impact one’s health. Wearing heels may change the position of your pelvis, and it can shorten your calf muscles and tendons. This can cause the Achilles tendon to become stiffer and wider.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because their style and societal appeal. Despite this, they can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain. Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising. If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 17 October 2016 14:14

How to Tell If You Have Flat Feet

flat feet9If you have flat feet, you may be a part of the 30 percent of people who experience problems from the condition. Symptoms of flat feet include back and leg pain and fatigue from walking often. In order to tell if you have flat feet, you can wet your feet, then stand on a piece of paper to make an imprint. If your foot shows a full outline on the paper, this means you have flat feet. If you do have flat feet, make sure to avoid and prevent things that can exacerbate your condition. Wearing high heels, being overweight, working long hours on your feet, and strenuous exercise can make the pain caused by flat feet much worse.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

Pain around the heel or arch area

Trouble standing on the tip toe.

Swelling around the inside of the ankle.

Flat look to one or both feet.

Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 10 October 2016 01:38

Gout: Major Condition in the UK

gout3Gout was found to be one of the most common conditions affecting people in the UK, as discovered by a 2014 study. Early-on diagnosis and treatment are both important for preventing progression of symptoms. Gout exists “as the third most common form of arthritis,” and is caused by increases in uric acid levels in the body, usually from consuming certain foods and drinks such as alcohol. See your doctor for proper diet management and weight management to help in the prevention of gout.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Monday, 03 October 2016 09:52

Charles James Returns from Foot Surgery

foot surgery3Texas reserve cornerback Charles James returned from offseason from a foot surgery that led to his abrupt season ending. He was seen playing in the preseason finale against the Dallas Cowboys in early September. “It feels good just for us to get that going now early, starting fast,” said James. James had rejoined the Texans last season, having left the Baltimore Ravens.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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