Monday, 09 November 2015 00:00

Foot Support essential for Low-arch Feet

Written by

EnsuringRoughly 20% of the population has feet that can be classified as “normal”, with a majority of the population having feet with high or low arches. Problems with low-arch feet, the most common type of foot, can be exacerbated by wearing shoes that are too flat and that do not offer the proper foot support needed. People with low-arch feet are particularly prone to pronation, or the inward rolling of the feet, and the negative effects of pronation can eventually extend into the hips and back.

Proper foot support is of utmost importance in foot health. To learn more, consult with Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support.

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes. If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

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

Read more about Proper Foot Support

Monday, 02 November 2015 18:30

Active Desks can promote Wellness at the Workplace

Written by

foot-pain4Many people already understand that remaining sedentary behind a desk for a full work day can be detrimental for one’s health. To combat this issue, many workplaces have turned to active desks to avoid the damage created by sitting for long periods of time. Researchers in Canada have discovered that standing and treadmill desks reduced sedentariness and improved mood without creating a great amount of workflow troubles. While treadmill desks offered greater health benefits, standing desks allowed for greater activity.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen.

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

Read more about Working on the Feet

Monday, 26 October 2015 21:10

Bunion cured without Invasive Surgery

Written by

bunions4Many common foot conditions, such as bunions, can be cured with a variety of different treatments that do not involve surgery. When Floria Antell found a bunion on her left foot two years ago, her podiatrist suggested an invasive surgical procedure that would require rest afterwards for eight weeks. Antell instead looked to another podiatrist who prescribed her custom foot insoles that relieved pressure on her bunion and corrected her flat feet. This, combined with anti-inflammatory medication and shockwave therapy, allowed for her bunion to fully heal after six months—even with her daily walks and exercise. Antell shares, “It was so important to me that I didn’t have to be in bed for months, but I also learned how to take care of my feet better.”

To avoid extended pain, consider bunion treatment as soon as possible. For more information about bunion treatments, consult with Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

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

Read more about Bunions

 

Monday, 19 October 2015 19:10

Ankle Sprains may have Lifelong Effects

Written by

ankle-sprain2Several new studies in both people and animals have revealed that a single sprained ankle may have lingering, lifelong negative effects on how well and often one may move. In one study that involved young people, college students with chronic ankle instability were found to move significantly less than those without the condition; taking a daily average of about 2,000 fewer steps. This reflected a different study involving mice, in which mice with past sprains continued to have problems during balance testing when compared to mice that did not suffer injury.

Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you have any concerns about your foot and ankle needs contact Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

Read more about ankle sprains.

Monday, 12 October 2015 22:35

Heel Spurs kept Donald Trump out of the Draft

Written by

fractures1Presidential candidate Donald Trump recently disclosed the reason behind his lack of a real military record and his absence during the Vietnam war. During an interview with Michael D'Antonio for the New York Times, Trump removed a shoe to show D’Antonio his foot. “Heel spurs,” Trump stated. “On both feet.” The foot condition was reportedly the reason why Trump was granted one of several draft deferments during the Vietnam War.

Heel spurs are irritating bone growths that sometimes have to be removed with an operation. To get a professional opinion with regards to your bone spurs, visit Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will analyze your condition and go over all the available treatment options with you.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be a cause from small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching it to the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot. Bone may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs. Pain sometimes intensifies with age. Heel spurs are known to cause a substantial amount of pain. One of the main associations spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often times because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to poke and affect other boners and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain there are several methods for healing. Medicines, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

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

Read more about Heel Spurs

Monday, 05 October 2015 00:00

Cryotherapy treatment goes beyond Warts

Written by

wartsIn the past, plantar wart removal involved freezing the wart by dabbing it with liquid nitrogen with a medical-grade Q-Tip. New developments in cold therapy now include the popular cryotherapy, which aside from conditions like plantar warts and skin tags, is now being used to treat certain cancers, inflammation, and joint pain. Cryotherapy can also reportedly increase athletic performance and decrease targeted fat areas such as “muffin tops” and love handles. While different methods of cryotherapy exist, all use extremely cold temperatures to achieve the desired result.

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, please see Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and provide you with 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.

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

Read more about Plantar Warts

Monday, 28 September 2015 21:04

Chronic Inflammation a factor in Plantar Fasciitis

Written by

plantar-fasciitis3In a recent study on plantar fasciitis, researchers have found that chronic inflammation may have more to do with the breakdown of tissue in the foot than the actual tearing of ligaments. The condition often affects the elderly, athletes, and military service members in particular, as they are all often on their feet for long periods of time. Because older tissue heals slower to begin with, plantar fasciitis can become a chronic issue that ultimately affects the lifestyle as well.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, visit Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of a the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and is usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

Read more about Plantar Fasciitis 

foot-pain4Frail seniors often have the unfortunate tendency to fall on their feet due to a variety of reasons. Older age comes with the dimming of vision, loss of depth perception, and a loss of the position sense in their feet or their ability to recognize whether or not they are standing on solid ground. Balance loss can happen as well. To utilize fall prevention, seniors should try exercises that increase balance and strength under the supervision of a doctor or other health professional to ensure that they are not at risk for injury.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. For more information, consult with Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions

Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.

Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.

Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:

Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe

Shoes that don’t fit properly

Pressure sores

Loss of circulation in legs & feet

Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

Read more about Elderly and Feet

Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00

Prevent Foot Pain before Injury

Written by

achilles-tendon4Cooler weather often means training season for runners, and with the influx of running comes an influx of running injuries and cases of foot pain. It is inevitable for many runners to develop pain or injury; to help reduce the chances of succumbing to injury, however, runners can keep several points in mind such as the shoes they are wearing, not adjusting how they run upon feeling pain, and massaging and stretching the feet. Shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles to avoid wear and tear, while massaging and stretching the feet can help ease pain while also helping runners find problem areas.

Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. If you are suffering from a running injury see Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with 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 our offices, located in Toms River and Eatontown, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

Read more about how to Prevent Running Injuries

Monday, 07 September 2015 13:41

Red Wings Center on time in Rehabilitation

Written by

foot-surgery2Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings is reportedly right on schedule in his rehabilitation. The center had undergone surgery late June to repair ruptured tendons. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland recently shared that the team is encouraged by Datsyuk’s progress. Following a checkup with his surgeon this month, the athlete should have a better of idea of when he will be able to return to the ice.

Athletes often have to go through foot rehabilitation after sustaining an injury. For more information, visit Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor can provide you with professional treatment and guidance through foot rehabilitation.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recovery and get back to the sport they love. To do this, podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted so the injured athlete can get back onto the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through the motions of physical therapy or rehabilitation is a necessary process to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?

If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

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

Read more about Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

©2013 Foot & Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ