We will help you understand all about proper foot care, treatment options, and different foot problems.
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Can I Have Vascular Disease Without Having Diabetes?
Peripheral Vascular disease does not only effect those with diabetes. Many people without diabetes suffer from this disease. Diabetes, smoking, obesity, smoking and high blood pressure are all causes for peripheral vascular disease. All of these can cause poor circulation which is what leads to peripheral vascular disease.
Cold, numb, or tingly feet are signs that you may peripheral vascular disease. There are tests that our doctors can perform in the office to determine if you are suffering from peripheral vascular disease. It is important to have these tests done as soon as you notice the symptoms because there could be other serious health problems contributing to your symptoms.
Does the Laser Treat Heel Pain?
Yes! Our laser can treat many common foot and ankles problems. Heel pain, achilles tendonitis, spurs, diabetic neuropathy and many other problems are treated effectively with the laser. Many athletes depend on the laser to end their pain and return them to their sport quickly. The laser is a great alternative to invasive surgery and long recover times. Furthermore, the laser is painless, does not have any side effects and only takes mintues in the office.
Make an appointment to talk to one of our doctors about how you can get out of pain and back on with your life!
When is the Candy Buy Back this year?
Every year, Family Foot & Ankle Specialists hosts their annual Candy Buy back program the day after Halloween. We are hosting the 2013 Candy Buy back on November 1st from 2-4pm in BOTH of our opffice locations. Bring in your leftover candy, the candy your child can't eat (due to allergies) or all the candy you got this year....we'll pay $1 per pound for whatever the reason!
Don't forget, the Candy Buy Back program is November 1st from 2-4pm in BOTH OFFICES!!
Why Does My Child Walk on Their Toes?
There are a few reasons your child might be walking on their toes. Common causes of "toe walking" include short heel cords and flat feet. Without the the heels cords being able to allow the child's foot to extend all the way, the are forced to walk on their toes. Likewise, children with flat feet walk on their toes to compensate for stability.
Treatments for toe walking include stretching of the heel cord so the child is able to extend their foot and and orthotics. Children's orthotics will allow the child to gain more stability and control. In a worst case scenario, your child may need surgery to fix the tight heel cord.
We recommend having your child examined if they are toe walking. The best way to treat children's foot problems is to begin treatment early. To make your appointment today, click here.
Can You Get Skin Cancer on Your Feet?
Yes! Most people don't realize that their feet are just as susceptible as any other part of your body to skin cancer. Any area that gets a lot of sun can have negative effects from the sun. Melanoma is a rare form of skin cancer but it is the most dangerous. melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. Just like every other part of your body, you need tp protect the skin with SPF lotion and cover up with covered shoes or shade during the strong hours of the day.
If you are worried about a bump, mole or discoloration on your foot, it is ALWAYS best to have it checked out. Call our office for your FREE initial exam!
Should I See a Podiatrist or Orthopedist?
A podiatrist is the expert in foot and ankle care. While orthopedists are educated on the musculoskeletal system within the entire body, the education and schooling of a podiatrist is solely focused on the feet and ankles. From this you can expect precision and dedicated service to the feet and ankles from podiatrists.
Another common difference between an orthopedist and podiatrist is that podiatrists tend to treat foot and ankle problems conservatively before they opt for surgery and more invasive treatments. Podiatrists may have more conservative treatments available such as footwear, orthotic devises, laser therapies, cryotherapies and more.
In addition, podiatrists are trained in skin and nail issues of the foot and ankles. Orthopedists may only be educated on the inner workings of the feet and ankles. Podiatrists treat common skin problems such as fungus, warts, and calluses.
If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain and would like to explore conservative treatment, possibly avoiding invasive surgery, take advantage of our free exam and make your appointment today!
Where Are You Located?
We have podiatry offices in Hillsborough and Piscataway, New Jersey. We have convenient evening and Saturday appointments available in our Hillsboroughn & Piscataway offices. The normal state of your feet is pain free so if you are experiencing pain, that means something is wrong and that problem will usually get worse...not better! Our doctors are all specialized in foot and ankle care and would be happy to see you and treat you right away. We have laser therapy, shockwave therapy, custom orthotics and much more available in our office.
Take advantage of our free exam to have your feet checked and explore your treatment options.
Can Athletes Benefit From Orthotics?
Yes, most athletes can really benefit from custum made orthotics. Orthotics can prevent and treat common sports injuries. Orthotics are made to stabilize the foot as well as correct abnormalities in the foot. Problems with high or low arches can be treated with orthotics. In addition, the orthotic will help to control the ankle to prevent and later to treat ankle sprains and achilles tendon issues. The orthotic will also help with heel pain, knee pain and back pain.
If you would like to discuss how orthotics can help you prevent or treat injuries or to help yourself become a better athlete click here or call our office today (732) 968-3833!
Can Diabetics Have Foot Surgery?
Many diabetics ask this question to our Hillsborough podiatrists. If you have adequate circulation and your diabetes is relatively under control you may be able to have corrective surgery. If you have a foot or ankle problem that is causing you pain, having surgery to eliminate your pain is a definite possibility. Our doctors will evaluate your feet and go over your risks with or without foot surgery.
Can Orthotics Help My Ankle Injury?
Yes! Orthotics can definitely help an ankle injury including ankle sprains and ankle fractures. Orthotics are designed to correct any biomechanical abnormalities, like ankle rolling, as well as stabilize the foot to prevent ankle sprains and fractures. Custom orthotics are molded to fit your exact foot which can both prevent and treat common foot and ankle problems.
If you have an ankle injury, you should see a podiatrist to get the proper diagnosis. In order to have a quick and proper treatment, you need to know be seen right after you have an injury. Our office uses state of the art equipment to diagnose your problem, including digital X-Rays and Ultrasound machines. If you have an ankle injury or experienced one that doesn't seem to be healing, call our office and get treated!
Will My Child Outgrow Pigeon-Toe?
Many parents are told by their pediatricians that their child will outgrow in-toeing, often called pigein-toe. However, often times your child will not outgrow pigeon toe and while waiting to see if he or she does, it can cause a slew of other problems. Bunions, hammertoes, knee and back problems can all be caused from not treating pigeon- toe.
The treatment for pigeon toe is often simple and pain free so if your child has in-toeing, call your local podiatrist.
When Can I Walk After Bunion Surgery?
Our patients have many concerns about bunion surgery. One of the most common questions we hear is, how long after bunion surgery can I begin to walk. Walking after bunion surgery will depend on on many facors. The severity of your case will influence your recovery time greatly. If you had mild bunion surgery, you will be able to walk much sooner than someone who had a severe bunion surgery. In addition, the type of walking you're doing. If you want to go o the movies, you will be given approval much sooner than if you want to return to work. Typically, you will not be able to put any weight on the foot anywhere from 3 days to 6 weeks.
In order to prevent a long recovery time, the sooner the better for gettting treated. To make an appointment to visit our office and discuss your treatment options click here.
How Long After Bunion Surgery Can I Go Back To Work?
You may have many concerns about your bunion surgery, including the recovery process. Most people are worried about when they will be able to resume their normal activities....like walking, working, driving. Your recovery will depend on your individual situation. The severity of your case, the type of job you have will all influence when you can begin activities again.
For example, if you had a mild a bunion surgery and work a desk job, you may be able to return to work as early as 3-4 days. However, if you have job that requires you to stand or walk a lot like a waitress or flight attendant you may not be able to return to work for longer. In addition, the foot that you had surgery on will dictate when you will be able to drive again. Of course, as long as you're on pain medication, you should not drive.
The longer you wait to have you're bunion treated, the longer you can expect for the recovery. The bunion will progress to get worse and worse, so having it treated early, will help to expedite the healing and recovery process.
Getting evaluated and treated ASAP will be your best bet for a quicker and easier recovery time. To make an appointment to be seen by a doctor, click here.
What Foods Are Good For Gout?
Gout "flares" can be very painful and are usually related to your diet. There are foods you should avoid to reduce the number of gout attacks you have such as beer, shellfish, and meat. However, there are some foods that can also benefit you:
- Foods High in Vitamin C
- Dairy Products
- Vegetables (most)
If you are experiencing pain from gout, you should see a podiatrist so they can check to make sure you are treating the problem correctly. In addition, there are some medications that c help to prevent further gout attacks and reduce your pain.
What Foods Should I Avoid If I Have Gout?
Gout is a condition that occurs when your body has too much uric acid in the blood. This can be caused some common foods such as those high in proteins. Below are some foods that you should avoid to help reduce flare ups and pain. If you are experiencing pain from gout attacks, you need to see a podiatrist to have you feet checked. Avoiding these foods is just start to controlling your gout pain.
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
How Often Should Someone With Diabetes See Their Podiatrist?
The American Diabetes Association recommends that everyone with diabetes should see their podiatrist yearly. If you have a more severe case then that will need to increase and your doctor will be able to tell you when you should return for regular check ups. Many diabetic don't necessarily understand why they need to see a podiatrist and how diabetes will effect their feet.
It is very common for those with diabetes to develop neuropathy, lose of feeling in their feet. This will not allow the person to feel when there is a problem with the foot such as shoes that are rubbing, a cut, or that they have stepped on something. This will lead to infections, bone infections, and ulcers. The greatest risk, and all too common for diabetics, is facing an amputation.
How to Get Rid of Dry, Peeling Skin on Feet?
Dry skin on your feet is very common. It can be embarrassing, painful even dangerous for some people. There are many causes of peeling, dry skin- athletes foot, fungus, shoes, weight gain- are all common causes of dry skin on the feet. If you are NOT a diabetic, treating the dry skin on your feet could include using a foot cream daily, changing your shoes, and using a pumice stone weekly.
In addition, our office has a high powered file that can help to drastically reduce the dry skin on you feet so at-home maintenance is much easier. Once your foot is filed in our office, the upkeep for smooth, healthy looking feet only takes a few minutes a day.
If that doesn't help, or you are a diabetic, you should definitely see a podiatrist. They may be able to get rid of the dry skin in one visit.
Can Children Get Achilles Tendonitis?
Yes, children can have Achilles Tondonitis, however, it is rare. The Achilles tenodon is the longest tendon in the body starting at the heel and connecting all the way to calf. Children more commonly have a condition called severs disease. Usually children experience severs disease from overuse, a biological condition, and "growing pains".
It is always best to get yoour children looked at by a podiatrist whenever they are experiencing pain in their feet. Treating children's problems eary will decrease the risk of the problem getting worse or from the problem causing other and worse problems.
Will I Need Surgery for My Achilles Tendonitis?
Here at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists, we have many painless treatment options available. We always recommend starting with conservative treatments such as laser therapy, Cryotherapy, Shockwave Therapy and so on. We don't jump straight into surgery. Your doctor usually takes X-Rays and analyze those as well as factors like how long you had the problem and the cause of the problem to determine the best treatment for you.
To make an appointment to discuss your problem and treatment options with one of our doctors, please click here.
Is Athlete's Foot Contagious?
Yes! Athlete's foot is very contagious. Athletes foot is type of fungus that is spread from person to person through spores. These spores especially like places that are dark, moist, and warm to thrive in. Places like the locker room, public showers and pool areas can all be breeding grounds. We highly recommend that you always wear shoes (shower shoes or flip flops) in these areas to protect your feet.
If you are living with someone who has athlete's foot, you need to use a strong disinfectant in the shower and on floors. In addition, never share socks or shoes with other people. Wearing shoes or slippers inside in the house is the best way to prevent spreading any foot diseases.
If you have a contagious foot problem, you should see a podiatrist to prevent further spreading the problem.