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Posts for: October, 2018

October 29, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Heel Pain  

Does your heel hurt? Although heel pain affects millions of people every year, a podiatrist can help you achieve relief with little expense or trouble. Dr. Humaira Syed of Reds Ankle & Foot Associates (with offices in Fort Lee, Wayne, and Clifton, NJ) offers treatments for heel pain; read on to learn about its common causes and treatments!

Causes of Heel Pain 

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, and can result from poor arch support. It causes a stabbing pain on the bottom of the heel, which is usually worst in the morning. Plantar fasciitis can also cause stiffness and limited range of motion, making actions such as climbing stairs more difficult.

Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury related to the band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your calf muscles. Symptoms include pain or inflammation in the back of your heel. Walking or excessive exercise commonly causes achilles tendinitis. If this foot condition grows worse, your tendon can tear, so if you think you may have it, you should see a doctor; you may need medicine or surgery to relieve your discomfort. 

Heel spurs are bony outgrowths on the heel bone. They often start in the front of the heel and eventually affect other parts of the foot. Heel spurs can cause heel discomfort and can make it difficult to stand, walk, or exercise. Heel spurs are common among athletes and fitness enthusiasts. 

A stress fracture is severe bruising within a bone or a crack in a bone. Most stress fractures are caused by repetitive activity and overuse. Stress fractures are common in people who participate in running sports. The symptoms of stress fractures include pain and inflammation.

Treatments for Heel Pain

Podiatrist-prescribed orthotic devices are one of the best ways to treat heel pain. Orthotic devices are cushioned inserts or foot pads that are placed into shoes. Orthotic devices provide cushioning and arch support for added shock absorption. Studies show that podiatrist-prescribed orthotic devices improve function and relieve heel pain.

Cortisone injections also offer quick relief for heel pain. Cortisone is a type of steroid and it is used to ease pain and swelling in specific areas of the body, generally for a couple of months. You can get cortisone shots at your podiatrist's office. 

Podiatrists prescribe stretching exercises for various foot ailments. Stretching exercises are an important adjunct to therapy for many foot conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, foot pain, and Achilles tendonitis. Studies show that stretching exercises decrease foot pain, increase flexibility, improve function, and reduce inflammation. 

Night splints can help relieve heel discomfort. They work by holding the feet in a neutral position while you sleep to provide a gentle stretch to the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. This helps to reduce muscle contracture, discomfort, and swelling. You can wear a splint every night for several months before gradually reducing how often you wear it as symptoms disappear.

Interested? Call One of Our Offices in Fort Lee, Wayne, and Clifton, NJ, Today!

Whether your goal is getting back to the gym, work, hobbies, or just enjoying life, our podiatrist can help. Don't wait—call Reds Ankle & Foot Associates at (973) 692-1111 to schedule a consultation in Fort Lee, NJ, Wayne, NJ, or Clifton, NJ. Our heel pain treatments will ease your pain and help you get back to a happy and healthy life!

October 19, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Warts  

What Causes Warts?

Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives. Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with humanpallilloma virus. Foot warts are treatable. Foot warts are among the most common dermatologic conditions podiatrists treat. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.

An HPV Infection

Common warts are caused by by an HPV infection. Over 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause foot warts, while others cause warts that appear on the face, neck, or hands. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 cause common warts on areas such as the hands or feet.

Skin-To-Skin Contact

Wart viruses are contagious. You can get foot warts from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching an object that another person's wart touched, such as clothing, towels, shoes, or exercise equipment.

Breaks in Your Skin

HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of damaged or cut skin. Cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape can also bring on common warts. Foot warts are very common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.

A Weak Immune System

In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable and therefore more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.

If you want to get rid of foot warts, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Many types of effective wart treatments are available. They include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of foot warts once and for all!

October 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Spurs   Foot Care  

Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.

What is a Heel Spur?

A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:

  • Possessing any walking gait abnormalities

  • Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces

  • Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes

  • Wearing shoes that lack arch support

  • Being excessively overweight or obese

What are The Symptoms?

Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.

What are the Treatment Options?

The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:

  • Applying ice on the inflammation

  • Performing stretch exercises

  • Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain

  • In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs

If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.