Monday, 03 August 2015 20:54

Keep Blood Clots in mind while Travelling

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corns2Many people who are travelling far for vacation this summer may have to endure long airplane flights. What many people do not realize is that sitting for a long period of time can detrimentally affect the feet; prolonged periods of sitting can increase the risk for the formation of blood clots. To improve circulation in the feet during a long fight, flex the feet up and down while sitting or take walks around the cabin.

Poor circulation in the feet can be extremely dangerous. If you are having difficulties with reduced circulation, see Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will identify the cause of your decreased blood flow and help you get the care you need.  

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain    -numbness in legs

-cramps            -skin discoloration

-weakness        -slower nail & hair growth

-stiffness           -erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions

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.

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Monday, 27 July 2015 00:00

Older Adults with Gout are at Risk

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plantar-fasciitis5New research shows that older adults with gout are more likely to have lower extremity dysfunction when compared to those without gout. The study, published in Arthritis Care & Research, showed that adults aged 45 to 64 years old with gout were more likely to have poor walking speed. The results suggest that older patients with gout may be targeted for interventions to help improve the function of the lower extremities.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with 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 needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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.

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Monday, 20 July 2015 00:00

Botox can provide Relief for Neuropathy

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neuropathyA new study suggests that Botox, or botulinum toxin, may offer successful relief for two forms of neuropathy. Neuropathy is caused by nerve damage and can result in either shooting pain or loss of feeling in the hands and feet. In the study, the botulinum toxin resulted in a lasting reduction of pain. The effects of local versus spinal injection of botulinum toxin B (Botox B or Myobloc) were investigated. Botox-B has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for medical uses.

If you have concerns regarding systemic diseases such as neuropathy and their effects on the feet, consult with Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions and provide you with the treatment you need.

Systemic Diseases of the Foot

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

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

Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

● Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

● Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

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.

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foot-care5Healthbeat, Harvard Medical School’s publication for healthy living, has recently shared a brief article detailing how to prevent ingrown toenails. Healthbeat’s authors state that the easiest way to prevent an ingrown toenail is to cut the nails straight across as opposed to rounding the corners the way one would round fingernails. A toenail clipper should be used instead of a fingernail clipper. Shoes should allow ample room for the toes, and socks should not constrict toe movement. Cleaning beneath the toenails should also be done regularly.

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 your foot and ankle needs.

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 our offices, located in Toms River and Eatontown, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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runners11A number of running experts agree that making slight changes in running from can increase a runner’s speed and efficiency while decreasing rate of injury. Nearly every runner has a slight imperfection that keeps them from obtaining optimal performance. Two popular running techniques, ChiRunning and the Pose Method, strongly discourage making initial ground contact with the heel. Both techniques also place emphasis on striking with the lead foot directly below the pelvis. Regardless of the technique you adapt, significant changes to form should be adapted gradually as the body instinctively adopts the style that works best for you.

Running efficiency involves biomechanics, which incorporates the moving parts that manage the movement of your feet. To learn more about biomechanics, see Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor can provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.  

A History of Biomechanics

- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot. 

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.

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Monday, 29 June 2015 00:00

New York Startup SOLS 3D Prints Shoes

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rheumatoid-arthritis2SOLS, a New York-based startup, specializes in creating personalized 3D-printed insoles that act as correctors for sizing. SOLS is now interested in creating custom-built, 3D-printed footwear for customers as well. SOLS’s technology involves a customer taking photos of each of their feet from three different angles. The company then models them digitally before printing the shoes to match the customer’s foot.

Getting the right shoe size is important for overall foot health. If you have any concerns about shoe size, please contact Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will answer any of your foot and ankle questions.

Getting the right shoe size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are considering. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, shoe size can vary within two sizes depending on where they shop.

When shoe shopping, it is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the shoe must fit well, as ill-fitting shoes can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and can also hurt the toes if the shoe is too tight.

Shopping online for shoes can be very tricky and time consuming, especially since you cannot try on the shoe or see how it fits or how it feels.

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.

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Monday, 22 June 2015 00:00

Julie Lopez Shoes creates Comfortable Heels

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heel-painAfter unsuccessfully trying to find a pair of shoes that are both stylish and comfortable, Julie Lopez used her background in orthopedic nursing to create Julie Lopez Shoes. The brand’s shoes are designed for women who suffer from bunions, mild arthritis, larger shoe sizes, and wide feet. “Women will be women, and we feel strong and sexy when we’re wearing heels,” she says. “We should be able to feel that way all day and all night.”

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting 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.

Causes of Heel Pain

  • Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
  • Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
  • Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                     
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change             
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

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.
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foot-pain4A new form of hydrotherapy, Aquaroll, can treat various foot conditions including Morton’s neuroma and peripheral neuropathy. Aquaroll involves a tub that is partially filled with hot water and 30,000 tiny glass beads that swirl rapidly around the feet. Morton’s neuroma is a condition in which the nerves in the ball of the feet become swollen. Often described as “walking on a rock,” the condition makes it very painful to walk. Aquaroll acts on the body’s lymphatic, nervous and circulatory systems.

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

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 our offices, located in Toms River and Eatontown, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Monday, 08 June 2015 00:00

Six Tips for Selecting Running Shoes

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runnersMany competitive runners agree that wearing the right running shoes can make a difference in reducing the amount of time it takes to cross the finish line. But whether it be for recreation or competition, wearing the right shoe is crucial to help prevent injuries and make running an easier experience. The following six tips can help runners select the best shoes for their feet: stay current and replace shoes every 3-4 months, take the water test to determine your striking pattern, know how you pronate, try on shoes before purchasing them, have shoes specifically for racing if you run competitively, and be willing to shop around to find the right pair.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, see Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even go barefoot
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion

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.

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orthotics1Spring is reportedly the season when plantar fasciitis flare ups often occur. Dr. Raj Bhardwaj, a Canadian doctor, states that the nicer weather is what prompts people to step outside of their houses and walk to destinations. Often times, people are walking hard concrete. Walking too much or suddenly increasing distance can also add to the likelihood of plantar fasciitis to occur. Those who frequently walk or run outside should not be wary of the possibility of developing the condition.

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.

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