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By DR. HUMAIRA SYED
March 11, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Foot Surgery  

Do you need foot surgery? Do you worry that the procedure may be invasive, painful, or limiting of your daily routines? At REDS Ankle and surgeryFoot Associates in Wayne, Clifton, and Fort Lee, New Jersey, your foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Humaira Syed is board-qualified in podiatric procedures, including surgery. While conservative treatments are tried first, sometimes the lower extremities need corrective surgery to look, feel, and function normally. You can trust Dr. Syed's expertise to put you on the right path to wellness.

Evaluating Someone for Surgery

When simpler measures such as splinting, rest, analgesics, shoe orthotics, and more cannot help a podiatric problem, Dr. Syed may recommend in-office or outpatient surgery performed with benefit of local or general anesthesia.

Before scheduling an operation, your Wayne, NJ, foot and ankle surgeon will examine your foot and watch you walk. Podiatrists call this gait analysis, and it helps the doctor determine what stresses are placed on your foot and where and how your medical condition is impacting your movement and level of comfort.

In addition, Dr. Syed will carefully review your medical and medication history. She may order lab work and other diagnostic studies, including digital X-rays and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. From there, she'll formulate your treatment plan, including pre-operative preparations and post-operative care.

Types of Podiatric Surgeries

Today's podiatrist offers a wide range of surgeries, which correct deformities, relieve pain, and normalize function. Some of the most common foot and ankle operations include:

  • Bunionectomy, which removes a pronounced bump at the base of the big toe and re-aligns the metatarsophalangeal joint
  • Tendon surgery, to shorten or straighten connective tissue for conditions such as Achilles Tendonitis
  • Fusion of the foot or ankle, which places stabilizing hardware such as screws and plates after someone has suffered a severe fracture or sprain of the foot or ankle
  • Plantar fasciitis surgery, which releases a tight band of connective tissue which runs across the bottom of the foot (sometimes involves removal of a co-existing heel spur)
  • Matrixectomy or partial removal of the toenail when deformity or disease warrants
  • Removal of common benign tumors--called neuromas--in the ball of the foot
  • Metatarsal surgery, to correct deformities of the foot bones behind the toes (except for the big toe)

Count on Compassionate Accurate Care

With surgery from Dr. Syed, you'll feel better and be back to your usual routine quickly. If you suspect that you have a podiatric medical problem, please call one of our offices at (973) 692-1111 for a consultation. REDS Ankle and Foot Associates has an office in Wayne, Clifton and Fort Lee, NJ.

By DR. HUMAIRA SYED
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  
By Dr. Humaira Syed
February 19, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Corns  

Many people think corns and calluses are the same thing, but there are differences. A corn is smaller than a callus, and has a hard center which is surrounded by inflamed tissue. Unlike calluses, corns can be painful and make it difficult to wear shoes. The good news is, your podiatrist can help get rid of corns and get you back on your feet.

Corns typically develop to protect your feet and toes from friction and pressure. They can be found in both weight bearing and non-weight bearing areas including between your toes, and on the tops and sides of your toes.

According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs and symptoms of a corn include:

  • A thick, rough area of skin
  • A hardened, raised bump
  • Tenderness or pain under the skin

Since corns are caused by friction and pressure, you can do a lot to prevent corn development. Remember to:

  • Wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes
  • Use padding or bandages in your shoes
  • Soak your feet in warm water to soften corns
  • After soaking, rub the corn with a pumice stone to remove hardened skin
  • Moisturize your feet every day to keep your skin soft

If you have diabetes and you develop a corn or other foot problem, you need the help of an expert, your podiatrist. Self-treating foot issues when you are diabetic can lead to injuries that don’t heal and could get worse, resulting in a serious infection.

Fortunately, your podiatrist can recommend several treatment options to get rid of corns, including:

  • Trimming away excess skin to reduce friction
  • Corn-removing medication containing salicylic acid
  • Custom-fit inserts or orthotics
  • Surgery if the corn is caused from friction due to poor bone alignment

You don’t have to deal with painful corns by yourself. Get some relief from the pain by visiting your podiatrist. Your feet are important, so seek out the best care possible to protect your feet.

By DR. HUMAIRA SYED
January 15, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athletes FootAthlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.

The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.

Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:

  • Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
  • Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
  • Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
  • Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
  • Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
  • Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection

Treatment

A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.

Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.

With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!

By DR. HUMAIRA SYED
January 11, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ankle Sprain  

Don’t ignore the symptoms of a sprained ankle. Turn to our foot experts in Wayne, Clifton, and Fort Lee for care.

A sprain results from an injury inflicted on one of the ligaments in the ankle. This usually happens if your ankle is twisted or turned out of its normal range of motion, resulting in overstretching or even tears within the ligaments of the ankle. As with any foot or ankle injury, it’s important that you visit our podiatrist, Dr. Humaira Syed of Reds Ankle & Foot Associates, if you suspect that you might have a sprained ankle. We have locations in Wayne, Clifton, and Fort Lee, New Jersey.

 

What are the warning signs of a sprained ankle?

You may have a sprained ankle if you are dealing with any of these symptoms,

  • Sudden pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Pain or difficulty putting weight on the ankle

Since these symptoms aren’t only indicative of an ankle sprain it’s important to turn to our Wayne, NJ, foot doctor for a diagnosis if you are experiencing any of the issues above. The sooner an ankle is evaluated and diagnosed the better. After all, a sprained ankle that doesn’t get the proper care could lead to long-term ankle pain and instability.

 

How is an ankle sprain treated?

The goals of treatment are to eliminate discomfort and other symptoms while promoting a fast recovery. While your ankle is healing it’s important to keep as much weight off the injury as possible until the ankle fully heals.

For patients dealing with minor sprains, at-home treatment may be recommended. Treatments include,

  • Wrapping the ankle
  • Wearing a supportive brace or boot
  • Resting as much as possible
  • Avoiding physical activities
  • Elevating the foot to reduce swelling
  • Take painkillers and anti-inflammatories
  • Icing the ankle

It can take up to 10 days for a mild sprain to fully heal, while severe sprains may take several weeks. During your evaluation, our podiatrist will talk to you about this estimated recovery time.

 

Need relief? Give us a call!

Reds Ankle & Foot Associates offers care to the Wayne, Clifton and Fort Lee, NJ, areas. If you are dealing with foot pain or other symptoms of an ankle sprain, give our office a call at (973) 692-1111 to schedule an immediate appointment with us!