We will help you understand all about proper foot care, treatment options, and different foot problems.
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How Do I Know If the Moore Balance Brace is Right For Me?
The Moore Balance Brace is a great tool for seniors or any person at risk for falling. If you find yourself stumbling or shuffling when you’re walking, unsteady, and the need to hold on to a wall or furniture, the brace may be the best option for you. Sometimes even with the cane or walker you will have trouble walking or a fear of falling.
Additionally, if you have fallen in the past or in any way, feel uneasy walking for fear of falling, you could benefit from this simple devise. This is a simple everyday tool you can use to help stabilize your feet and ankle, which steadies your whole body!
You can make an appointment at our office and find out if the Moore Balance Brace is right for you.
How Often Will My Doctor Check My Orthotics?
Your orthotics can change shape over time, and if they do, they will affect your gait. This can lead to a return of a previous problem, or even can cause a new one. The bottom of the orthotic has a heel, which we call a post. This post is angled in a certain way to correct your gait. The post can wear down, and if this happens, the doctor can fix it in a matter of minutes. This simple,15 minute appointment can save you from further problems.
Our doctors will check your orthotics soon after you recieve them to make sure they are working effectively and fitting properly. After that, we will continue to monitor your orthotics to make sure they are not wearing in way that can negatively effect your feet. Your doctor will determine when you should come in to have them checked.
I have been wearing my orthotics and I feel 100% better. Do I still need to wear them?
The short answer is yes. So, the reason you got orthotics in the first place, is to realign the feet in its proper position. This is a position where all the bones and joints are in alignment. Most foot problems are due to biomechanical disturbances. This means that when you walk, your feet move out of position and move too much in one direction.
This leads to numerous foot problems with some of the common ones being tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, neuromas, bunions, and hammertoes. Once you stop wearing the orthotics, the foot will go back to its abnormal position. This is like eyeglasses. If you stop wearing your glasses, you will not be able to see. You notice it immediately. However, with orthotics, it might take weeks to months before you notice any problems from not wearing them.
Thus, we suggest you continue to wear your custom inserts in the type of shoes they were made for. Orthotics commonly last 3-5 years, so if your inserts are around that age or older, it is best for you to come in and get them evaluated.
What is that Bump on Top of My Big Toe Joint?
The bump on top of the big toe joint is not a bunion, it is most likely a bone spur. Like all bone spurs, this spur comes from excessive pressure along the bone. In this case, there is excessive pressure along the big toe joint when it moves. The bone will lay down calcium to protect the bone. As the bone spurs grows, there will be less movement in the joint. The joint itself will break down and this condition is known as arthritis.
This can be very painful or cause other problems, like lower back pain or even knee or hip pain. It is best to have this problem looked out. If you have a bump on the top of your big toe joint, our doctors can help to relieve your pain and prevent further problems.
What Is MicroVas?
Microvas is a painless and non-invasive treatment option for those suffering from neuropathy or non-healing wounds. It has virtually no side effects and can be done right in our office. This effective treatment option uses electromagnetic energy to increase blood flow to a problem area. This extra blood increases healing times and speeds up the recovery time.
Those suffering from neuropathy can experience burning, tingling even numbness in their feet. This is caused by a "miscommunication" within the nerves. Blood flow is decreased in areas farthest from your heart- your feet and hands. MicroVas increases the blood flow to these areas which can help to end the foot pain those suffering from neuropathy experience, as well as help those who have lost sensation regain their feeling.
To learn how MicroVas can help to end your pain, call us today! (732) 968-3833.
What Does MicroVas Treat?
MicroVas is commonly used to treat neuropathy and non-healing wounds. This new treatment option is used to help speed healing time while eliminating pain. MicroVas will increase blood flow to a damaged or painful area which increases oxygen and accelerates healing. MicroVas is pain free and can be done right in the office. The treatment does not use any needles or cutting and has virtually no side effects.
Many people suffering from neuropathy experience burning and tingling in their feet or a total loss of sensation all together. While painful feet can totally interfere with your activities and overall happiness, some argue that no feeling is worse. Without being able to feel pain, you don't know when something is wrong to either fix or discontinue. This can cause someone to being walk around with rocks in their shoes or a piece of fabric from their shoes rubbing on their toes and they could be walking around all day with a wound.
In addition, diabetics heal slower than those without it. Once a diabetic develops a wound, healing from it can take a while and be quite a struggle. MicroVas is used to speed healing and restore feeling in the feet. It has proven extremely effective for those treated with MicroVas Therapy.
What Are Some Treatment Options For Neuropathy?
The Dangers of Neuropathy
Our office treats neuropathy everyday. We see patients suffering from diabetic and peripheral neuropathy. Some people are experiencing pain such as burning or tingling or have lost sensation completely. While it may seem "no pain, no problem" but this can cause a lot of problems. Without pain, your body cannot indicate when there is something wrong-such as a cut, blister or pressure.
Microvas can Treat Your Neuropathy
There are different treatments available to treat these problems. One of our treatment options include Microvas Therapy. The Microvas Therapy is a painless and non-invasive treatment used to help increase blood flow in the area of pain or damaged area. The increased blood flow brings oxygen which will increase healing time.
This treatment option is a great choice. It has no side effects and is done right in the office. It is painless and non-invasive, which means there are no needles. Call today to set up your appointment and get out of pain!
What are the Benefits of Genetic Testing?
Genetic testing is a huge step in medicine. Genetic testing is allowing doctors to prescribe medicine in a whole new way. With the information gained from the genetic test, your doctor's will know exactly which prescriptions are beneficial to your body, and those which might actually be harmful.
Everybody is different, so everyone's body reacts differently to every medication. While one medicine might be great for the person next to you, if might actually be useless, even harmful to you. The genetic test allows your doctors to see which medicines your body metabolizes, breaks down, best and those it doesn't metabolize at all.
This information can:
- Save you wasted money on prescriptions that don't work
- Reduce risk on side effects or overdose
- Get you on the right medication faster
Family Foot & Ankle Specialists offers genetic testing at their office for both patients and non-patients. The test, a simple swabbing of your cheek, is painless and takes only seconds!
Do Shoes Cause Hammertoes?
Many people assume shoes are the cause of hammertoes. While they can be a cause, genetics are usually the driving force. Chances are if your parents or grandparents had hammertoes, you will too. Wearing shoes that are too tight or too narrow for your feet will cause you to develop hammertoes, along with a slew of other problems.
The best prevention for hammertoes is to be fitted for a pair of shoes. Being fitted by a pedorthist is much different than being fitted by a kid at a shoe store at the mall. A pedorthist is trained and educated to measure your feet, keeping in mind your specific foot type, and can prescribe the best shoe for your feet and activity.
What Causes Skin Cancer of the Feet?
Skin cancer is a growing problem. In fact, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US with one in five people being diagnosed in a lifetime. Most people only think of the face, shoulders, and arms as areas affected by skin cancer. However, many people are diagnosed with skin cancer on their feet.
Skin cancer on the feet can be caused by the sun... do you diligently apply sunscreen to your feet? Most people forget about this very sensitive area of skin and do not apply sunscreen often, if it at all. However, skin cancer on the feet is more often caused by other factors such as exposure to chemicals, viruses, hereditary factors, and from underlying conditions.
It is important to always check your feet for any changes. If you see anything abnormal, immediately make an appointment with a podiatrist to be examined.
Why Does Diabetes Cause Foot Problems?
Diabetes causes high blood sugar which can damage the blood vessels that lead to your nerves. This can cause nerves to lose their ability to feel sensation. This problem is called neuropathy. While not feeling doesn't sound like a huge problem, it can mean the difference between losing a foot or not.
People with normal sensation will feel if their shoe is rubbing on a toe or certain part of their foot and correct the problem with either taking off the shoe, or re-tying the laces to give more room. People with neuropathy don't feel the rubbing and often take off their shoes to find a bloody mess of a shoe rubbing on their foot all day. The same goes if there is a rock, pebble or sharp edge in a shoe, without feeling pain, you don't know if something is irritating your foot.
What is Gentic Testing?
The genetic testing available at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists tests for ten different genes. It is used to determine how your body metabolizes certain chemeicals. Just because your husband can take a certain medication and it works great, the same may not be true for you, and vice versa. Genetic testing will benefit you because you will not be taking medications that do not work for you, or worse, that can actually be harming you! The test will show your doctor exactly what medications work for your specific body and which do not.
The genetic test available in our office is painless and only takes about 10 seconds. What's more exciting, most insurances cover this test 100%!
How Can A Brace Help Me?
There are many different types of braces that serve different purposes. Some braces are used to correct a foot or ankle problem, such as achilles tendonitis. Other braces are available to help balance for people such as seniors or those with chronic ankle sprains. These braces are designed to stabilize the foot and ankle and prevent falls.
Arch Support Braces- these will help to treat or prevent falling arches or flat feet
Walking Braces- help those with difficulty or painful walking
Stabilizing Braces- help to stabilize the foot and ankle to prevent falls
Heel Pain Braces- help to prevent and treat heel pain and plantar fasciitis
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma/ PRP?
Platelet- rich plasma otherwise known as PRP is blood enriched with platelets. PRP injections are great in the treatment of tendon, wound, and soft tissue problems because a portion of the injection is made from the patient's own blood. It is used to accelerate the healing process for people suffering with from numerous injuries and pain. In the feet and ankles, PRP can be used in treatment for tendon pain, arthritis pain, nerve injuries bone problems and more. It promotes healing by attracting fresh, new cells to the area of pain or injury.
Why Does The Arch In My Foot Look Lower?
This is a common complaint associated with Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction, or PTTD. It is very common for symptoms of PTTD to progress slowly. It may start as a dull pain from tendonitis and continue to sharp pains as the Posterior Tibial Tendon incurs further damage.
This gradual increase in symptoms occurs because unlike many tendon tears that occur from an acute injury PTTD is most commonly do to overuse injuries. In addition to overuse injuries there are particular groups that are more susceptible to PTTD. In particular Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction is more common in women and in people older than 40 years of age. Additional risk factors include obesity, diabetes, and hypertension.
Because of the gradual degeneration of the Posterior Tibial Tendon is it important to recognize risks factors and seek help early.
Is Bunion Surgery Painful?
Most people have heard that bunion surgery is very painful. The short answer is, bunion surgery does not have to be painful. There are many types of bunion procedures. Some are very minor and simple while others are more complexed. So, the first answer is that it depends on the surgery you are having. The second answer is has to do with compliance. The more you are on your feet, the more pain you will have.
At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Hillsborough and Piscataway, NJ, we tell our patients to stay home with your foot elevated for three days. This is the time where the foot will get the most swelling. Pain is mainly not from the procedure itself, but from post-operative swelling. Swelling is necessary for healing, because it brings in blood cells that are necessary for the area to heal. If patients ice the foot for twenty minutes four to five times a day in the three day period and keep the foot elevated and take the prescribed anti-inflammatory pills, then there will be minimal pain.
Why is it Important to Change Your Running Shoes Frequently?
The first question is really how often should one change their running shoe? Basically, every six months or 300 miles, whichever comes first. The reason is because as the shoe wears, specifically the midsole, you will start developing little aches and pains. Sometimes, they are not so little. These aches can show up as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints and even lower back pain.
Even stubborn doctors, like me, forget to check their shoes. Today I ran with a new pair of shoes, and my back does not ache. On one hand I felt rejuvenated, but on the other hand, I felt stupid. I tell my patients this all the time. I have two pairs of shoes, and I just figured the second pair was still good, until one day I decided to take that split second and look at the soles of my shoes. The tread was gone. Even with my orthotics, I was not getting the control I needed when I ran.
So, please alternate your shoes, because it takes 24 hours for the midsole to rebound. In addition, check your shoes for wear and tear, or just mark the mileage you have on each pair and the date you started using these shoes.
How Can I Prevent Foot Surgery?
Foot surgery is a very serious decision. You need your feet for everything... work, carting the kids around, maintaining your house (cleaning, shopping). Foot surgery can be a very inconvenient treatment plan which is why it should be your last resort. There are many ways to prevent foot surgery, as well as there are many conservative treatments that you can consider before you book your surgery. These 3 easy tips to preventing foot surgery can help save you the inconvenience of foot surgery.
3 Easy Tips to Prevent Foot Surgery:
- Manual home stretching
- No barefoot walking
- Good support with a good custom orthotic in the shoes.
How Do I Know If I Have Frostbite?
Most frostbite cases can be treated and the patient can make a full recovery. However, that is if the person gets treated as soon as noticing the frostbite. If you have frostbite or think you may have frostbite it is important to see a doctor immediately,
Signs you have frostbite or the beginning stages of frostbite include pain in the area, red white or yeallow spots. If the area becomes numb, that is a clear sign that your frostbite could be progressing. Also, any swelling, blisters, or dark coloring of the skin could mean the frostbite has gotten to the later stages and you shoulld see a doctor immediately.
Is Surgery My Only Option For Heel Pain That Won't Go Away?
No! Here at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists, we use surgery as a last resort. We have many, many conservative treatment options that can end your pain without taking you off your feet. We understand surgery can be inconvenient if you are not able to take the time off your feet. Life is busy, and taking the time off may not be possible.
We have options that we will customize to your lifestyle! Laser therapy, cryotherapy, and shockwave are just some of the painless alternatives to surgery that requires little, to no time off your busy feet! All of these conservative treatment options are done right in the office. In most cases, patients are able to walk right out of the office and drive home.
Take advantage of our FREE EXAM to to see what painless options work best for you!