Friday, 17 February 2017 14:13

Unsightly Toenails, No More!

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Are your toenails yellow, buckled, unsightly and or discolored?  So many people suffer from unattractive discoloration of their Often, this is due to a dermatologic condition called psoriasis. Nails can also become thickened and deformed when they are infected with fungus. Other times, this can happen as people age, as well.  This condition is embarrassing, and too many people simply live with it.

Well, that doesn’t have to be the case any longer! At Foot & Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ, we can help.  We are now offering a wonderful laser treatment to help discolored, unsightly nails.  This safe & effective treatment is quick and virtually painless.  It is a wonderful alternative to prescription medications, and is done in-office with no downtime from regular activities. 

Dr. Eric Abrams and his professional staff are available to help you at two convenient Central NJ locations: Toms River, and Eatontown.  Our offices are also now performing “EPAT” (Extracorporeal Pulse Activated Technology) that can treat such conditions as: 

  • Achilles tendon partial tear
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon partial tear
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Intra-substance tear of tibial or peroneal tendons

With our latest technology, we can provide relief to our patients in a comfortable, professional atmosphere.  Foot & Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle conditions in adults and children. Dr. Abrams strives to deliver state of the art healthcare to all his patients.  He offers many treatments that are not available in many other podiatric offices. 

If you are suffering from thickened, yellowed toenails, or any other foot and ankle conditions causing you strife, call either of our convenient Central NJ locations. We are here to help!

  • Toms River: (732) 255-2373
  •  Eatontown: (732) 542-0777
Friday, 10 February 2017 18:46

Healthy, Happy Feet

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Throughout the course of our everyday life, our feet sometimes get overlooked.  However, they shouldn’t, as foot health is so important to a person’s overall health!  Our feet are very complex structures, with many bones & muscles that support our body weight.  Each foot is composed of a network of 26 bones, 29 joints, & many muscles!  Our feet take the brunt of our weight load every day, as the average person takes several thousand steps a day!  So, we rely on our feet being healthy more than we realize!  Here are some suggestions to getting happy feet:

  •  Pedicures
  • Foot massage and moisturize
  • Foot soaks in essential oils such as lavender or tea tree oils
  • Clip toenails straight across
  • Comfortable shoes – make sure you give your feet that break with wearing shoes that have good support and a roomy toe box
  • Elevate your feet and take a load off

Unfortunately, things can go wrong with our foot health, which can cause some serious discomfort!  At Foot & Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ, P.C., our skilled staff treat many patients with foot ailments.  Dr. Eric Abrams often sees people come in suffering from such afflictions as: bunions, hammertoes, heel pain and toenail conditions, just to name a few. There are things you can do at home to try to alleviate some of these problems, however, sometimes only a doctor’s special touch will do the trick!  When home remedies do not work, contact Dr. Abrams and schedule an appointment.  He has two convenient locations in the Central NJ area: Eatontown  (732)-542-0777 and Toms River (732) 255-2373  to treat any foot and ankle problems that may be plaguing you!

Monday, 09 January 2017 00:00

Diabetics should be Aware of their Feet

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custom orthoticsDiabetes is a condition that affects all parts of the body; the feet, being the base of the body, also face the effects diabetes brings. Because the feet are often overlooked, many diabetics do not realize the many issues they are more prone to developing as a result of their diabetes, such as foot injuries, cuts, corns, and ingrown toenails. Minor abrasions can lead to to the development of deeper wounds. Diabetics should identify any of the problems they may face, which can range from trouble walking to consistent pain in the feet or ankles. If you suffer from diabetes and are unsure of how to proceed in managing your foot care, it is imperative to visit your podiatrist.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, contact Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Monday, 02 January 2017 00:00

Morton’s Neuroma Painful, but Treatable

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acupunctureMorton’s neuroma affects about 30 percent of people and exists as a condition in which the foot’s second toe may be larger than the big toe. Because of this irregularity, this can lead to overpronation as we do everyday activity, resulting in inflammation of the nerve between the second and third metatarsals. This is known as Morton’s neuroma. Treating your Morton’s neuroma involves seeing your doctor, wearing prescribed orthotics and possibly injections or surgery as a last option.

Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to contend with. If you are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, contact Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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.

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.

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

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Monday, 26 December 2016 00:00

Tips For Training to Run a Marathon

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sports-injuryWhen training for your first marathon, it’s important to take the right steps to prepare properly. Giving yourself enough time to train is vital to building up your stamina as well as decreasing the risk of injury. Gradually increase how much you run each time; the “rule of thumb is to increase it by no more than 10 percent each week,” states okinawa.stripes.com. Chart a training plan to record your steps, ensure that you have proper rest after running, invest in properly-fitting running shoes, wear breathable fabric, make sure to hydrate continuously, and know your limits so you do not push your body and feet too hard.

Running injuries, even with proper precautions, can still occur in many runners. If you are suffering from a running injury, contact Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will treat all of your foot and ankle concerns.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Monday, 19 December 2016 00:00

Ingrown Toenails: Causes and Preventions

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Ingrown toenails can occur when too much pressure is exerted on the toenails, typically on the big toenail. Ingrown toenails, if left untreated, are painful and can potentially lead to infection. Understanding your daily routine is vital to prevention. If you exercise often or wear high heels, take heed of your shoes. Improperly-fitting shoes and socks can contribute to the development of ingrown toenails. Make sure to take proper care of your toenails, keep your cuticles intact and cut your toenails straight across.

Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will treat all of your foot and ankle concerns.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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Monday, 12 December 2016 00:00

Danny Choi Out Due to Stress Fracture

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fractures1Danny Choi of Adelaide United suffered a stress fracture foot injury in early November, ending his stint with the team. He had to have surgery to repair the fracture and was expected to be out for 10 to 12 weeks. Choi had originally joined United in October as a replacement for Marcelo Carrusca and had participated in two games leading up to his injury. Following his injury, Choi is no longer available for a contract next season.

Stress fractures can become painful if left untreated for an extended period of time. If you would like assistance in treating a stress fracture,contact Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse. As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

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

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achilles-tendon4It’s important that women shop for shoes according to the shape and structure of our feet, especially as we age. Over time, our feet grow wider and flatter and the fatty pad in our feet begins to shrink. According to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), out of 356 women that they surveyed, they found “that 88 percent were wearing shoes that were too small for their feet; most had not had their feet re-measured in over a decade; and, not surprisingly, over 50 percent reported experiencing daily foot pain from their shoes.” When searching for shoes, make sure to optimize your feet’s comfort, as well as have your feet measured by a professional, taking into consideration the length and width of your feet.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment contact Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes is vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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

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Monday, 28 November 2016 10:36

Patient-Centered Care Can Improve Diabetes

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custom orthoticsAccording to a study published by Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics that focused on Type 2 diabetes cases, “patient-centered care may improve diabetes self-management and patients’ quality of life.” Researchers sought to understand the relationship between patient care and glycemic control. About “an estimated 29.1 million Americans -- 9.3 percent of the US population,” have diabetes, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Patient-centered care focuses on aligning health care with personal values.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, contact Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will treat all of your foot and ankle concerns

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

Read more about Diabetic Foot Care

Monday, 21 November 2016 15:59

Understanding Corns

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corns2Corns are known as areas of thickened skin that form on the feet from repeated pressure or friction on the skin. They can be painful and sometimes unsightly, located usually on the toes or on the top of the feet. Corns are typically mild and do not require treatment, as long as they are not irritating. Corns can become severe especially if you are a diabetic patient, have poor circulation or any other serious illness that can affect the feet. Changing your shoes or adding padded inserts in your shoes can help alleviate symptoms from corns. Your podiatrist can help reduce the appearance of your corns by shaving away the thickened skin.

If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will treat all of your foot and ankle concerns

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
Treatment of 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.

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

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