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July 2020

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint where your big toe connects to your foot. Bunions can cause stiffness and pain, but some symptoms may be alleviated by wearing the right shoes. It is recommended that you wear flats, as heels can put extra stress on your bunions. It is also recommended that you wear socks with your shoes. Socks can cover your bunions and protect them from irritation. You may also want to choose lightweight shoes with thicker soles to cushion and support your feet. Perhaps most crucially, your shoes should fit your foot well and be wide enough in the toe area to not put any more pressure on your bunions. If you are afflicted with a bunion it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist who can help you determine the correct shoes, and provide other treatment options.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dr. Ronald Sheppard of Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 20 July 2020 00:00

Helping Your Heel Heal

As you get out of bed in the morning and place your feet on the floor, you feel a stabbing pain in your heel. What’s going on? It could be plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue running along the bottom of your foot. Luckily, there are ways to manage heel pain at home. Rest the foot by avoiding sports and other heavy impact activities such as running or jogging. Put an icepack under the heel for 15 minutes to reduce inflammation and swelling. Stretching your calf and foot muscles and giving yourself a soft-tissue foot massage may also help alleviate pain. While home remedies can be effective, if you find that home management techniques are not working for you, or if your pain is severe, it is recommended that you visit a podiatrist.  

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Ronald Sheppard of Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 13 July 2020 00:00

Possible Techniques to Prevent Falling

Research has indicated that people who are sixty five years of age or older may experience frequent falls. Many of these falls can be fatal, or may lead to serious injuries. Falling may cause a fear of completing daily activities, and this may invoke a loss of independence. There are measures that can be implemented that can help to prevent falling. These can include improving home lighting and removing worn rugs from the living environment. It is important to receive routine physical examinations, which can also help to monitor existing medication. Additionally, it may help to ensure that hearing and vision are adequate. It is beneficial to perform a gentle exercise routine, which can help the patient to become stronger. If you would like more information about how falling can affect the feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Ronald Sheppard from Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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It is extremely important to protect the Achilles tendon. It is located in the back of the leg, and connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It is the thickest tendon in the body, and can easily tear if it becomes injured. This can happen from frequently participating in running and jumping activities, or from unexpectedly stepping off of a curb. An  Achilles tendon injury can cause severe pain and discomfort, and can take several weeks to fully recover. Common symptoms of this type of injury can include extreme tenderness, swelling, and it can often be difficult to walk on. As the healing process occurs, it is beneficial to wear shoes that fit correctly, in addition to performing specific stretches. If you have injured your Achilles tendon, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can determine what the best treatment options are for you. 

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Ronald Sheppard of Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 01 July 2020 00:00

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