We will help you understand all about proper foot care, treatment options, and different foot problems.
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What is the Rash on My Leg?
There are many reasons you could have a rash on your leg. For example, you could have a fungus on the skin on your leg...yes, you can get a fungus on your leg. Also, you may have an allergic reaction to a new product you're using, be allergic to a type of plant, or food. In addition, it could be venous stasis dermatitis from venous insufficiency...basically meaning you're having a circulation issues.
Your body carries oxygenated blood to your feet to keep them alive (so to speak) but it also needs to carry un-oxygenated blood back up from your legs and feet. If the veins get weak, it doesn't do a good job and your feet and legs can be pooling the blood there.
If you are concerned about a circular issue in your feet or legs, you should contact a podiatrist immediately!
Are the Doctors Specialized in Sports Medicine?
Yes, our doctors are experienced in all areas of foot care. They have extensive training and experience with injuries occurring in athletes. Ankle injuries, tendon injuries, heel pain and breaks are common amongst athletes. Along with professional experience, our doctors are also personally committed to sports.
Do I Need To Have My Feet Measured Every Time I Buy A New Pair?
YES! If there is one great thing you vow to do for your feet...make it be to have them measured. Everytime you are buying new shoes you need to have your feet measured. Your feet can change size...or shape with weight gain/loss, different stages in life, and at different times of the day. In addition, unless you had a Certified Pedorthist or Podiatrist measure your feet...how do you know your last measurement was accurate? The 17 year old at the popular shoe store may not know exactly how to properly measure.
It is essential to have your feet measured each time you are buying new shoes!!!
Why Do I Get Foot Cramps?
Foot cramps are a common occurrence, many people will experience a foot cramp in their life. A cramp is an involuntary contracted muscle. Basically it's when your muscle flexes and you have no control to relax the muscle. There are different reasons you may experience a foot cramp and for different reasons.The most common reason is overuse of a muscle, and can be caused from not properly stretching or stretching enough. In addition, many people complain about cramps while they're sleeping or right when they wake up.
Other reasons you may experience foot cramps are dehydration, an injury, or being in the same position for a long period of time. The best way to prevent foot cramps is to properly stretch, drink plenty of water, and be sure not to overextend yourself. If you have continues foot cramps, you will want to see your podiatrist.
Why Do I Have Pain on the Top of My Foot?
There are different reasons you may have pain on the top of your foot. The area of the pain and when it occurs will help to determine what caused the pain. Stress fractures, arthritis, and tendon problems could all be the cause for the pain. Treatment options will vary depending on the problem. It is best to speak to your doctor and discuss where and when the pain happens.
Why Do I Have Heel Pain in the Morning?
Heel pain in the morning is very common. It is usually caused because the foot has been resting for an extended period of time so the ligaments and tendons become tight and rigid. There are many foot problems that can cause this problem, most commonly heel pain.
Once you get up and step out of bed, the ligaments are stretched out fast and become very painful. The best way to help this problem is to do heel stretches, discuss injections with your doctor, and wear orthotics to help support the foot. If you ar experiencing heel pain in the morning, you should see a doctor, as this could mean more serious underlying problems.
What is the Difference Between a Bunion and a Bunionette?
The difference between a bunion and a tailor's bunion otherwise known as a bunionette is where the bony prominence is located. A typical bunion is locates next to the big toe, where a bunionette is on the other side, near the pinky. There are different reasons these two common foot problems occur. Bunions are usually caused by genetics and poor footwear. A bunionette is mostly just caused by genetics with shoes only aggravating the problem.
If you have pain around or near your bunion or bunionette, call our office to discuss treatment options. In addition, if your problem is interfering with the shoes you wear, you should seek attention. There are different treatment options to either accommodate the bunion/bunionette or to have it removed altogether.
Who Won the Good Deed Essay Contest?
David Hallam, of Flemington, NJ won the Good Deed Essay Contest.. Mayor Brian Wahler of Piscataway and Peter Wishnie, owner of Family Foot & Ankle Specialists awarded David his prize, a Banres & Noble Nook Tablet. David's inspiring deeds included helping neighbors after the flood, leading the soccer outreach program for the mentally handicapped, and CROP walks for hunger. David is an inspiration to all and truly deserves the title as the Good Deed Essay Winner!!
What is Turf Toe?
Turf toe is a common foot problem in athletes such as runners, football or soccer players. It is more common among athletes who compete or train on artificial turf, which is where it gets it's name. The pain develops in the base of the toe at the ball of the foot. The cause of turf toe is usually due to cramming the toe into the foot from jumping too hard or constant pressure from running on the hard surface. Shoes or athletic footwear may also be to blame.
Treatments can include inflammatory injections, icing, and rest. If you have pain at the base of the toe that isn't going away, you should be seen by a doctor to have it looked at. Getting treated as soon as you notive a problem is the best way to prevent further damage.
Does Laser Therapy Cure Toenail Fungus?
We use our laser combined with Keryflex to ensure our patients look great immediately. It makes your toenails look immediately better. We cannot say that the laser will "cure" the toenail fungus. We do have great results with the laser we use and our patients love it.
The laser therapy has many advantages that make it our most recommended treatment option. It is quick, painless and doesn't have any side effects. Unlike medications, you do not have to have any additional tests. You can have it done right in our office in about 15 minutes.In addition, we combine a topical resin, Keryflex, to make the toenail look great in just one visit.
To learn more about the laser for toenail fungus, click here.
What is the Difference between Aesthetic and Cosmetic Surgery?
The difference between aesthetic and cosmetic surgery is the reason for the surgery although the results are the same. For a cosmetic surgery the reason for the surgery is to make the foot look better.
Cosmetic Foot Surgeries Can Include:
- Making the foot more narrow to fit into shoes
- Botox injections to decarease foot sweating
- Toe lengthening/shortening to adjust the size of a toe
For aesthetic surgery the reason for the surgery is to change the foot to make the person feel more comfortable or to relieve pain, although the foot may look better as a result. For example, someone who gets their painful bunion surgically removed is an aesthetic surgery even though the foot may look better after.
- Bunion Surgery
- Hammertoe Surgery
How Can I Tell If My Shoes Fit?
For starters, you could buy shoes from a podiatrist or pedorthist. We are specialized in getting you the perfect match for your foot type and activity. If you do go to a shoe store, be sure the salesman measures both feet with a foot measure.
Also, shop for shoes in the afternoon or evening. Your feet will swell throughout the day so trying shoes on in the afternoon or later in the day will help to make sure they will fit on a regular day. In addition, after you have been wearing the shoes. Make sure the wear patterns are consistent, you don't want a certain part of the shoes to wear out before other parts, this may mean they do not fit properly.
If the shoe slides up and down, squeezes in any area, or your toes touch the front- these are simple signs the shoes do not fit. Your shoes should not require a "break in" period. They should feel great from the start!
In order to make sure you get the best fitting shoe every time, get measured by a professional!
How Can I Prevent Summer Foot Problems?
There are many foot problems that occur most frequently in the summer. Warts, nail and foot fungus, splinters, athletes foot and on and on and on! There are quite a few! The reason for so many common foot problems is people are going barefoot, they're enjoying more outside activities, people tend to exercise more in summer, people go to public pools and beaches also.
The easiest ways to prevent foot problems:
What is the Difference Bewtween Custom and Prefabricated Orthotics?
There are two common types of orthotics- custom and prefabricated. Custom orthotics are molded to fit the exact shape, size and width of your feet. They are specifically designed to match your foot. We take exact images of your feet in order to make the custom shapes. These inserts can last anywhere from 10 years to a lifetime.
The prefabricated orthotics are over the counter devices, called lyncos. They come in different shapes and sizes, so we are able to match the best one to your foot type, but it is not exact. They are effective and affordable. They last any where from 6 months to a year.
Orthotics treat many common foot conditions including heel pain, flat feet, ankle instability and more. To learn more, call to schedule a free foot exam with our Certified Pedorthist.
Do I Need to Have Surgery to Treat my Bunion?
No, you don't have to have surgery. Surgery is the only way to remove a bunion, but we only recommend surgery if you are experiencing pain or you have decided you want to remove the bunion for cosmetics reasons. Without surgery, we can accomodate the bunion with shoes, pads, and other tools.
There are different treatment options available. Depending on what you're trying to accomplish, will determine the type of treatment plan. If you want to walk without pain or you want to wear shoes closed toe shoes, you may decide surgery is the best treatment. If you want to accommodate the bunion and live with, you may decide wearing different shoes if your best option.
What Should I Look for in a Good Podiatrist?
When you are experiencing foot pain or a foot complication, it can seem overwhelming finding a good podiatrist. There are some qualifications you should look for in a good podiatrist. Always do your research. These simple standards should help to make your decision a little easier.
- They should be licensed
- They should be board certified
- They should have ample experience in the field
- They should stay current with latest services and technologies
- They should be a respected part of the community
- They should make you feel comfortable and safe
- They should be honest, caring, and compassionate
We have four doctors who are trained and experienced in all areas of foot and ankle care. Our office has weekend and evening appointments available, as well as 24/7 emergency appointments. If you are experiencing pain, start researching and find the perfect doctor for you.
Does Laser Therapy Hurt?
No, our K-Laser is completely painless. It takes about 15 minutes in the office to treat patients with the laser. Laser therapy works by using a an infrared light to penetrate cells deep in the body causing them to produce nutrients and other healing agents and send them to the area of pain. Our patients have been very happy with the results.
Click here to watch a 2 minute video from one of our patients.
Can Children get Heel Pain?
Yes, children can get heel pain. Usually referred to as sever's disease- a condition developed from an injury to the growth plate. This can effect children with high arches or low arches. When the muscles in the calf are tight it causes the Achilles tendon to become tight causing strain on the growth plate.
If your child begins to sit out of normal activities, wants to be carried more often, or complain their feet hurt don't ignore them! To prevent serious foot problems from beginning in children or to prevent their current problem from getting worse, children should be seen by a doctor. You might hear these are "normal growing pains" but without the evaluation from a doctor, you don't know and could be ignoring a serious problem.
What Does it Mean if my Feet are Numb or Tingly?
There are a few different reasons this could be happening. Usually a loss of sensation in a specific area indicates a loss of blood circulation. While it is common to assume that it is related to diabetes, namely neuropathy, it can be caused by other problems for those without diabetes.
First, check your shoes. Are they too tight or too small? Shoes can and will greatly influence your feet. In addition, check your socks to make sure they are not to tight causing reduced blood circulation. Sometimes the band at the top will be too tight.
For constant numbness the cause could be a more serious problem. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that effects diabetics and can cause tingling, burning or numbing sensations in your feet. Neuropathy will affect the blood flow and can cause serious numbness and tingling in the feet, as well as other parts of the body.
It could also be caused by back or knee problems. Your posture could be causing the problem. Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies can also cause your feet to become numb or tingly.
If the problem persists, you should consult a podiatrist. Take note of exactly when the problem occurs (time of day, whether you are sitting or standing) and what activities you were doing prior.
Our doctors have treated this condition in many patients. Like many other foot problems, the earlier you treat the problem, the better. Treatment is usually faster and less invasive the sooner you treat the problem. Also,numb, tingling feet could be the sign of much more serious problem. Your should see a podiatrist to find out the reason you are experiencing numb or tingling feet.
What is a Hangnail?
A hangnail is when the cuticle of a nail, near the nail bed, is torn. This is usually caused by biting at it or dry skin. The skin needs to be properly cut in order to prevent tearing and infection. If you have a hangnail, clean the area, apply an antibiotic cream and a band aid. Do not bite or pick at the hangnail and it should heal on it's own.