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Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

A Closer Look at Foot Pain From Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis, while not a widely recognized term, is a relatively common condition that can cause discomfort in the feet. It occurs when there is inflammation or irritation of the sesamoid bones, two small, pea-shaped bones that are located beneath the big toe. These tiny bones play a significant role in weight-bearing and help control the tendons that flex and move the toe. Sesamoiditis is often associated with repetitive stress, particularly in activities such as dancing, running, or high-impact sports, which place a strain on the forefoot. A common symptom is persistent pain in the ball of the foot, just beneath the big toe. This pain can be sharp or dull, and it typically worsens with activities that involve pushing off the toes, like running or jumping. Understanding sesamoiditis is crucial for those experiencing foot pain in this area, as it can be effectively managed. If you have pain or discomfort in this area of your foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose, treat, and manage sesamoiditis.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact one of our podiatrists of Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.


Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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

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Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

Causes of Turf Toe

A condition known as turf toe is primarily the result of hyperextending the first joint of the big toe. It is a condition that is caused by jamming the big toe or repeatedly pushing off it forcefully, as in running and jumping. This injury is often seen in athletes or individuals who participate in activities with repetitive, forceful toe hyperextension. Among them are football players, dancers, and gymnasts. Direct trauma to the big toe, such as a sudden impact, collision, or another player falling onto the heel, can lead to turf toe. This places significant stress on the metatarsophalangeal, or MTP, joint. On surfaces with high adhesion, like artificial turf, the shoe may stick while the body is in motion, forcing the toe into hyperextension. This is particularly common in sports like soccer. Wearing shoes that lack proper support and stiffness can contribute to turf toe, especially when participating in activities that require quick stops, starts, and changes in direction. Frequent running and jumping with overly flexible shoes can gradually weaken the structures that support the MTP joint, making it susceptible to injury. Understanding these causes and taking preventive measures can significantly reduce the risk of turf toe. For help in treating a turf toe injury, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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

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Neuropathy, often referred to as peripheral neuropathy, is a complex and often misunderstood medical condition that affects the peripheral nerves, which are responsible for transmitting signals from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. This disorder disrupts the normal functioning of these nerves, leading to a range of symptoms. Neuropathy can manifest as tingling, burning, or stabbing sensations, often in the hands and feet, but it can affect other areas as well. Numbness, weakness, and muscle atrophy may occur over time. The condition can be caused by various factors, including diabetes, certain medications, and infections, in addition to genetic predispositions. Managing neuropathy involves addressing the underlying cause if known, and alleviating symptoms. Treatments may include medication to manage pain and lifestyle adjustments to prevent further nerve damage. Understanding neuropathy is the first step in seeking appropriate care and support for those affected by this challenging condition. If you are experiencing symptoms of neuropathy, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat this condition.


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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

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Wednesday, 11 October 2023 00:00

Let the Expert Treat Your Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can be painful and can make wearing shoes or walking uncomfortable. Seek professional help if you believe you've developed an ingrown toenail and be treated safely. 

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Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Risk Factors of Gout in Women

Gout, a type of arthritis characterized by sudden, severe joint pain and inflammation, has often been associated with men. However, it is important to recognize that women are not immune to this painful condition. While women have a lower overall risk of developing gout compared with men, certain factors can increase their susceptibility. One significant risk factor is age. Women are more likely to develop gout after menopause when estrogen levels drop. Hormonal changes can affect uric acid levels, contributing to the formation of gouty crystals in the joints. Additionally, obesity is a prominent risk factor for both genders. Women with a higher body mass index are more likely to develop gout, as excess weight can lead to elevated uric acid levels. Certain medications, such as diuretics or low-dose aspirin, can also raise the risk of gout in women. Genetics and a family history of gout may contribute to the development of this condition. If a woman has relatives with gout, her chances of developing the condition are higher. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, managing weight, staying hydrated, and addressing underlying medical conditions can help reduce the risk of gout in women. If you would like more information about women developing gout, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking. 

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. 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 form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.


  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Cracked heels can be painful and unsightly, affecting your confidence and overall foot health. These dry, fissured heels often result from factors such as dry weather, inadequate foot care, or underlying medical conditions. The good news is that with appropriate care, you can nurse your feet back to health. This can begin with moisturizing regularly with a thick, hydrating cream designed for feet. This can help to soften the skin and prevent further cracking. Exfoliation can also be beneficial for removing dead skin cells and can be done by using a pumice stone or a foot file. It is important to avoid excessive soaking, as it can worsen the problem. Instead, maintain a balance between moisture and dryness. Consider wearing supportive, well-fitting shoes, as open-back or ill-fitting footwear can do further damage. For severe cases or if you notice signs of infection, consult a podiatrist. Remember, patience is key in dealing with cracked heels, so stick to your routine, and your feet will thank you with their renewed softness and comfort.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, 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.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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

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