A Danish study has suggested that children at unhealthy weights are more likely to contract a foot, ankle, or leg injury during physical activity. The researchers came to this suggestion by studying 632 overweight children who attended physical education classes for an hour and a half each week for two and a half years.

The entire group of children experienced 673 lower-limb injuries during this time. The children who were heavier had an average of 5.3 injuries for every 1000 “athletic exposures,” while that rate was only 4.4 per 1000 for children at lower weights. "In the bigger picture the need to get all kids more active, and particularly overweight children, is imperative," sports medicine researcher Malachy McHugh said. McHugh was not involved in the study.

As an epidemic, obesity negatively affects all life stages. Seek the help of podiatrist Dr. Eric J. Abrams, D.P.M. of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abrams can examine your child’s feet and provide the right care and treatment for them.

How Obesity Affects Your Feet

Extra weight can sneak up on anyone unprepared. It’s not until your feet begin to hurt at the end of the day when you realize they have been carrying your entire body weight. There are many side effects that occur in the feet as a result of having a few extra pounds.

  • Leaning forward (uneven posture)
  • Extra weight placed in the wrong parts of your feet
  • Development of Type-2 diabetes
  • Loss of sensation in the legs and feet
  • Small sores
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Treating your feet can be helped by paying special attention to your footwear and your own body. Investing in yourself can help to lead you on a better road to health as well as serve to relieve some of the issues related to your feet.

  • Invest in shoes that allow for good circulation and support
  • Losing weight can help prevent and treat diabetes in addition to other diseases
  • Activities such as yoga and water aerobics can help keep you active and mobile without placing stress on  your feet
  • Foot stretches can help alleviate some pain associated with foot conditions.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of our offices located in Toms River or Eatontown, NJ. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014 14:26

Plantar Wart Clusters mistaken for Painful Corns

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After discovering that several hard lumps had formed on her heels, Kelly Bradford of the U.K. visited her physician. The rough texture of the lumps suggested that the formations were corns, but the growths proved to be much more painful than normal corns and were not treatable with salicylic acid. Simply placing her feet onto the ground became troublesome for Bradford, as the growths had become so painful.

After close examination, Bradford’s physician determined that plantar warts had grown in clusters on her heels. The severe pain Bradford was experiencing was due to the warts pinching the nerves on her feet. After a few weeks’ treatment of cryotherapy and topical over-the-counter medication, Bradford’s heels were relieved of the warts.

While only severe cases of warts—such as Bradford’s—will cause extreme pain, any pain caused by warts should be reported to a physician. If you have plantar warts, see podiatrist Dr. Eric J. Abrams, D.P.M. of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abrams will provide you with a proper consultation and quality treatment.

About Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

Home remedies are also available to help with plantar warts. An apple cider vinegar soak can help remove the wart. You can soak your feet in the vinegar for 20 minutes before using a pumice stone to remove any loose skin from the wart.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:09

Orthotics Can Serve to Treat Painful Conditions

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 Brandi Schlossberg believes that making use of orthotics can help address painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis. Foot orthotics work can treat plantar fasciitis since they can reduce the pressure being placed on the heel and spread any shock being absorbed by the foot.  
Additionally, orthotics can improve the foot’s biomechanics of the feet. Having good or improved biomechanics can prevent or reduce the likelihood of plantar fasciitis. However, as with any treatment, Schlossberg advises consulting with a physician first before wearing foot orthotics.

Foot orthotics serve a wide range of usefulness when it comes to foot and ankle conditions. If you are undergoing discomfort in your feet, see podiatrist Dr. Eric J. Abrams, D.P.M. of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abrams can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

What are Ankle Foot Orthotics?
Orthotics are physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics are known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.

Why might you need orthotics?
Orthotics are often prescribed when someone is suffering from diseases that affect the musculature, like polio and multiple sclerosis. However, more common conditions like arthritis and stroke, or those that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.
Modern orthotics have improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics are made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support. Often the orthosis is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 15:25

Easily Relieve Swollen Feet in Pregnant Women

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Pregnant women living with swollen feet should not worry over having difficulty easing their condition, as there are various treatments available that are easily accessible and will help reduce swelling. One of the main causes of swollen feet in pregnant women is salt buildup in the body. To control salt buildup, pregnant women should drink at least 7-8 glasses of water each day. Further reduce swelling by soaking the feet in either salt water or a solution of water and either peppermint or eucalyptus oil. Foot massages help increase blood circulation and blood flow in the feet, as does making sure to keep the feet elevated.
Swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available and easy to carry out. For more information about other cures for swollen feet, speak to podiatrist Dr. Eric J. Abrams, D.P.M. of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abrams will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and answer any of your related questions.


What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?
One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  
Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 


How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Toms River or Eatontown, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014 20:59

Mountaineer Continues Despite Loss of Toes

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Basanta Kumar Singha Roy is plans to scale the Neelkanth peak of the Garhwal Himalayas this month. This is significant as this event will be his first time mountain climbing again after a disastrous turn of events last year.An accident lead to hospital doctors having to amputate several of his toes, including a hammertoe on his right foot.

“Making a comeback was not that tough, because mountaineering has been a passion all my life and I owe it to my family because of their full support,” he said. Fortunately, Roy wants to continue his passion and does not believe loss of toes will stop him.

Hammertoes hurt a whole lot. If you are contending with hammertoe, visit podiatrist Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abramscan treat your podiatric needs.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices, located in Toms River or Eatontown, NJ. We offer all the newest in diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle conditions.

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Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:08

Cracked Heels Could be Precursors of Foot Fungus

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Cracked, irritated skin on the feet might be an early indication of a fungal infection. Tight shoes that trap moisture are often good breeding grounds for fungus and bacteria. Cracked heels can be symptoms of other problems too, like diabetes, kidney disease, eczema, psoriasis, thyroid issues, and more. However, if dark spots appear on the skin around the toes, fungus is usually the cause.

Foot fungus can be treated using over-the-counter creams and medications. To combat cracked heels, keep the feet moist and clean and put on a new pair of socks every day.

No matter what the cause, cracked heels are always unpleasant. For assistance dealing with this skin condition, make an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abrams will provide you with expert care for your cracked heels and show you how to prevent fissures from forming in the future.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?
Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.

Moisturizers – applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

Change in Diet

Eating healthy, with a well-balanced diet, will give the skin a fresh and radiant look.

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Monday, 28 July 2014 13:16

Mother Nature Can Cure Corns and More

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corns-onthe-feetEven modern wisdom suggests that nature can cure just about anything, including foot problems. For example, you could be suffering from corns on your feet. For an effective natural treatment, submerge willow tree bark in warm water for thirty minutes and soak your feet in the solution.

If you are dealing with ingrown toenails, acorns can help you with the problem. Grind the acorns up, soak them in water, and then dunk your feet in for an effective, nature-made treatment. For blisters or lesions, apply crushed plantains or yarrow to the afflicted area and cover the wound with a bandage.

Although nature treats many needs, it doesn’t treat all of them, including injuries. If your foot or ankle is injured, see podiatrist Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abramscan treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?

Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns

There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Treating corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

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jo-farrellEven though the summer provides images of bare feet and sandals, too much exposure to the sun and hot surfaces can actually hurt your feet. To keep your feet healthy and protected, proper foot care is integral. There are seven simple steps to take that can keep your feet healthy.

One tip is to exfoliate your feet on a weekly basis. Exfoliation can both moisturize and break away dry flaky skin. However, prevent your feet from being too soaked since an excess may lead to skin dehydration. Make use of a pumice stone while showering and be sure to moisturize your feet with lotion. Both methods can keep your feet looking and feeling smooth. Further things such as eating foot-friendly foods, applying sunscreen, and allowing your toes breathe can also fight against common foot illnesses.

Thankfully, every day foot care is not difficult. To receive professional foot care, call podiatrist Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abramscan treat your foot and ankle needs.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe.

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Monday, 14 July 2014 13:18

Cherries May Be Able to Treat Gout Condition

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gout-footArthritis and Rheumatology published an interesting study correlating cherries, a popular fruit, and the condition known as gout. Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis consisting of an overproduction and crystallization of uric acid. This excess of uric acid can create swelling in the joints, which is often very painful. The researchers conducting the study monitored the rate of gout-related flare-ups and medications in over six hundred patients. In the span of a year, there were two-day control periods where subjects either consumed cherries or cherry extracted products. Researchers were able to conclude that both cherries and their extracts reduced the risk of a near-immediate gout attack by 35%.

Gout can make living uneasy. If you are struggling with gout or any other form of foot or ankle arthritis, see Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abramswill provide the podiatric care that you need.

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings,” Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever.

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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wendy-desbrowWendy Desbrow, a 60-year-old nurse from Bruntingthorpe, lived with Morton’s neuroma for four years before she finally got the treatment she needed. She claims that she first began to feel pain while working on new decking for her house. It started out as minor discomfort but got continuously worse. Eventually it became so bad that she had trouble driving because of it.

Desbrow was juggled around from doctor to doctor until one finally diagnosed her with neuroma. She had it operated on shortly after, and now her foot is completely recovered. “Not to have that pain is wonderful,” she said. “I get quite tearful thinking about it.”

If you experience intense foot pain, don’t wait four years to have it treated. Instead, visit podiatrist Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ right away. Dr. Abramscan diagnose your condition, be it Morton’s neuroma or any other kind of podiatric problem, and help you get the care you need.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones. Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition. When a person has Morton's neuroma, it can feel as if they are walking on stones or marbles.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot. The podiatrist will also apply pressure to the foot or toe area to replicate the pain a person experiences when active.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices, located in Toms River or Eatontown, NJ. We offer all the newest in diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle conditions.

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