We will help you understand all about proper foot care, treatment options, and different foot problems.
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What are the Side Effects of the Laser Treatment?
The Laser does not have side effects! The Laser is completely pain free! Even better, you can use the laser in conjunction with other treatments (ie physical therapy or steroids). The Laser is a completely nonsurgical and medicine-free option. This is a great conservative, holistic approach to healing your pain. We recommend the laser for treating a range of foot and ankle problems including diabetic neuropathy, heel pain, tendonitis and more. Make an appointment to see if you are a candidate for Laser therapy!
How Many Laser Treatments Do I Need?
Each person is different. You may have a similar problem to a neighbor but the severity may be different. The number of treatments you need will be determined by the doctor but is usually between 3-12 sessions. In addition, those with chronic pain may be recommended to have steady treatments to keep their pain away, as you would have regular teeth cleaning to keep cavities away. You will usually feel an improvement in 1-3 visits and each treatment is cumulative which means each treatments builds on the last session.
Does Laser Treatment Hurt?
No laser therapy does not hurt. In fact, you probably won't even feel it. Laser therapy is so peaceful our patients often fall asleep during the treatment and it only lasts about 10-15 minutes. Laser therapy is a great conservative treatment option for those who prefer non surgical methods, as well as, a more holistic approach to their health. There is no pain or side effects.
How Do I Know if One Leg is Longer Than the Other?
Most people have some degree of difference in their leg length. If you have pain in your feet, ankles, hips or back then you could be suffering from leg length discrepancy. Many people are born with one leg longer than the other, while others have length discrepancy due to an injury ir illness.
The leg that is longer will usually start to have symptoms or pain first. Pain in the feet, ankles, hips and back are very common symptoms of leg length discrepancy. Other symptoms include:
- Poor posture
- Limping or toe walking
- Arthritis, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis
The treatment for leg length can vary depending on the severity. Often people just need to use a heel lift to correct the issue. A heel lift is painless and goes right into your shoe to balance out the legs.
If you suspect you have one leg longer than the other or have pain in your feet or ankles, you should see a podiatrist to help with treatment.
Are There Shoe Lifts to Fix One Leg Longer Than the Other?
Heel lifts or other shoe inserts can help to correct a limb length discrepancy. The lift is designed to balance out the unequal lengths in someone's legs. Limb length discrepancy can cause a slew of foot, ankle, hip and back pain. While most people have a slight difference in leg length, if you are experiencing pain or see a noticeable difference in your stature, you should see a doctor.
Heel lifts are also used to treat common foot and ankle injuries and pain. Achilles tendonitis and bursitis are common problems that heel lifts are used to treat. This can prevent further pain and problems from developing.
Heel lifts are painless and placed right into your shoes. Your doctor will measure your legs to determine the difference the degree and find a heel lift that matches. The heel lift will be used right in your shoes and can be used to treat the problem immediately.
Should I Get Short or Long Orthotics?
There are different types of orthotics and the type you choose will depend on what you're looking to accomplish. Typically there are dress, casual, custom and prefabricated. Dress orthotics are shorter than casual. These are designed to fit into narrow dress shoes. People who wear dress shoes most often will likely go for this option. An added benefit to dress orthotics is that they will also fit into your casual shoes or sneakers.
Casual orthotics are long and are designed to fill your entire shoe. Your doctor or Certified Pedorthist will ensure that the orthotic fits snuggly in your shoes. If needed, they will trim or shave the orthotic for the best fit. These orthotic also tend to offer more support. as they will support the whole foot from heel to toe.
The type of orthotic- prefabricated vs custom. Prefabricated orthotics are made to fit your foot type. These come in different shapes and sizes, and we will match your foot to the best comparable orthotic. Custom orthotics are specifically made for your foot. We will take a scan or cast a mold of your foot and make an orthotic for your specific foot. Both custom and prefabricated come in dress and casual.
What are the Effects of Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy has a long lasting effect to eliminating or drastically reducing foot or heel pain without surgery. The Cryoanalgesia is a specialized technique for providing long-term pain relief for conditions such as heel pain, neuromas, Achilles tendonitis, and tarsel tunnel syndrome. The procedure provides a freezing blast to the damaged, painful nerves so a new nerve can begin to grow. Cryotherapy has a high success rate and our patients love this treatment option. Within 15 minutes, you will no longer have any pain and can continue your day to day activities.
What are Some Helpful Tips to Prevent a Gout Attack?
Three important tips to help prevent a gout attack are your diet, medication, and maintaining a healthy weight. Your diet is vital to preventing a gout attack. A diet rich in purines increases your risk for a gouty attack. We highly recommend avoiding eating organ meats, sardines, anchovies, and red meats. Sweetened beverages and excessive alcohol consumption increases your risk for a gouty attack.
In correlation with this diet, if you are overweight trying to lose weight, this will help any future flare-ups. Your weight can highly affect gout flares. Lastly, ensure you are taking your prescribed medication for your gout. Gout attacks are painful, but by following these three tips of dieting, weight loss and taking your medication you can avoid these painful flare-ups.Call our podiatrists today, if you are experiencing any pain!
What are the benefits of Cryotherapy?
There are many benefits for Cryotherapy. Cryotherapy elimates or drastically reduces foot or heel pain without surgery. Some other foot conditions this treats are neuroma or Achilles tendonitis. It’s a non invasive procedure that can be done at our office or as an outpatient. There are no needles, stitches, and cutting nerves or tissues. The procedure is quick and there is no need for recovery time.
Therefore, after this procedure you can go back to work and still run your day to day errands. One recommendation we do have is to put some ice on it for a couple days after the procedure. You can even still fit into your shoe without any cast or brace. Another great benefit is it’s covered by most insurances. Cryotherapy has a high success rate and our patients love this treatment option.
What are the benefits of Biofreeze?
Biofreeze helps relieve pain once it is applied to the affected area. It is mainly used for sprains, joint pain, twisted ankles, and stiffness. Biofreeze comes in three different options, a tube, spray, or roll on stick. All of these options are simple to use and equally affective. You can apply Biofreeze directly to the affected area and you will immediately feel pain relief.
The benefit of biofreeze is that you can use it topically, the effect does not have a long delay, and it doesn’t interfere with anything you drink or eat. For athletes, this is great to use when you are having foot pain because it enables you to still participate without any pain. For anyone suffering heel pain, neuropathy, or Achilles tendonitis, Biofreeze is commonly used to relieve pain.
What is a Moore Balance Brace?
The Moore Balance Brace is a light weight brace which reduces the risk of falling. This brace provides ankle support and is used to maximize and improve balance. Due to the support the brace has, it stabilizes the foot if you are feeling weak and unsteady.
This brace is a great tool to reduce the serious injuries many seniors incur due to falls. The brace can return the confidence of engaging in everyday tasks again, as well as, enjoying hobbies. Many seniors are seriously injured everyday due to falls in and around the house. This simple tool can help to prevent injuries.
What are the Benefits of the Moore Balance Brace?
The Moore Balance Brace is a long term solution for people who need support when walking or are fearful of falling while walking. The brace can make you feel confident in the way you walk, prevent you from falling, and improve the quality of your life. Also, this is a custom made ankle foot orthosis that accommodates most supportive shoes. It is lightweight and easy tp put on by yourself.
The Moore Balance Brace gives people back their independence and allows them to live without fear of falling. To make an appointment in our office to be custom fitted for the Moore Balance Brace and to learn how it can give you back your life, click here.
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.
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.
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.
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!