Monday, 27 April 2015 00:00

Florence Welch breaks Foot during Coachella

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fracturesAfter jumping off the stage during her performance of “Dog Days Are Over” at the first Coachella weekend, Florence Welch of the band Florence + the Machine took the stage again with a broken foot. The singer’s injury did not deter her mood or her performance, however, with the 28-year-old giggling at the shouts of fans and even inviting one on stage for a hug. Welch, normally a high-energy performer, was forced to remain seated during her performance; it was that or either wear a robotic walking boot. While the disabled performer was not able to move around the stage as she would have preferred, Florence + the Machine was still able to showcase Welch’s stunning voice at its rawest.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment to prevent exacerbation. If you are seeking treatment for a broken foot, visit Dr. Eric J. Abrams, D.P.M. of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abrams will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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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Monday, 20 April 2015 00:00

Ankle Exercises keep Ankles Strong

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stretchingMany doctors, coaches, and athletes acknowledge that of all the joints in the body, the ankle is the most injured in sports. Strengthening ankle exercises, however, can greatly reduce chances of injury. One of the simplest exercises is the balance move of standing on one foot at a time for an equal amount of time on each foot. Resistance bands are another option for ankle strengthening and can be found in most fitness sections of stores. Another option is through isometric exercise, which involves sitting on the floor and pressing the foot against something solid and immovable.

Exercising the feet and ankles regularly is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any foot or ankle concerns, contact Dr. Eric J. Abrams, D.P.M. of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abrams will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.
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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children.pngOrthopedic consultant surgeon Professor Rohan Rajan is a hero amongst children patients at the Royal Derby Hospital for introducing the Ponseti method of treating clubfoot. Professor Rajan has treated over 180 cases of clubfoot. The Ponseti method treats clubfoot through manipulation and by using a series of casts to change the shape of the feet without surgery.

“In the old days, a child with clubfoot would have to wait until they were 18 months old before they could have treatment. It would involve a long incision—big surgery—to reshape the foot and there was risk of a lot of complication. The Ponseti method means children can have treatment as soon as they are born and it means they do not have to undergo surgery.”

Making sure that your child has the proper foot health is important as they grow up. If you have any questions contact Dr. Eric J. Abrams, D.P.M. of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abrams will treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

  • Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
  • Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

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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footpainWhile they are often blamed for exacerbating certain women’s foot conditions, high heels are not the only type of footwear that creates issues. Flats and flip-flops, according to the Cleveland Clinic, have been known to aggravate and irritate foot conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, metatarsalgia, and plantar fasciitis.

Flip-flops in particular should not be worn daily and should be saved for the beach, while flats should have room for an insole and come with built-in arch support. Flats or flip-flops force the body to change the way it supports itself and should therefore not be worn regularly to prevent putting extra strain on the muscles of the legs and feet.

Wearing the wrong pair of flip-flops can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to 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 needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet
When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?
Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

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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barefoot-running7Recently there has been a trend in barefoot running and “minimalist” running shoes that resemble barefoot running, encouraging the balls of the feet to hit the ground first. A study conducted by orthopedic surgeon Scott Mullen from the University of Kansas, however, indicates that runners that are aged 30 and older may have trouble adapting to running barefoot. “The inability to adapt the foot strike to the change in shoe type may put these runners at increased risk of injury. Older runners should be cautious when transitioning to a more minimalist type of shoe,” stated Mullen. The study’s findings were presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and found that many experienced runners naturally ran heel-first.
Barefoot running has its own share of benefits and disadvantages. To learn more about this trend, consider speaking to Dr. Eric J. Abrams, D.P.M. of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abrams will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

  • A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
  • Improvement in balance and body  posture
  • Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also some disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

  • Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
  • Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
  • Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

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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faiAccording to Dr. John van der Steeg, head of the emergency room at Putnam Hospital Center, a record number of falls have occurred mid-January due to the bad ice storm that has hit the Northeast. “A hundred people a day we were seeing—usually it’s around the mid-seventies.

We saw a pretty significant increase, and it was due to slip and fall injuries.” These injuries ranged from broken ankles to twisted knees and blows to the head. Walking across slippery, icy surfaces can be difficult, but it can be avoided if one takes shorter steps and leans forward, keeping the center of gravity over the foot.

To ensure that a broken ankle completely heals, treatment should be sought right away. For assistance, see Dr. Eric J. Abrams, D.P.M. of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abrams will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

 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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Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00

Flat Feet Can Worsen Over Time If Not Treated

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fungal-toenailAccording to research published in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, treatment and prevention of a flat foot can reduce the possibility of other major foot ailments. Flat fleet also known as partial or total collapse of the arch has been known to occur mostly in overweight males with blue collar jobs. Often time symptoms such as, pain, swelling, flattening of the arch, and rolling of the ankle, will go on ignored and untreated. Foot and Ankle Surgeon H. Ashley Ledger states, “Flatfoot disorder may gradually worsen to the point that many of the tendons and ligaments in the foot and ankle are simply overworking.” Early treatment is important in flatfeet since ignoring the condition can lead to even more serious conditions including arthritis and loss of function.

Certain sports and physical activities may become difficult for children with flat feet. If you suspect that your child has the condition, speak to Dr. Eric J. Abrams, D.P.M. of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abrams will answer any of your foot and ankle related questions and attend to all of your podiatric needs.

What are Flat Feet?
Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:
Pain around the heel or arch area
Trouble standing on the tip toe.
Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
Flat look to one or both feet.
Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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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Monday, 09 March 2015 00:00

Governor Rick Snyder tears Achilles Tendon

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achilles-tendon3After jogging during a vacation in Florida, Michigan governor Rick Snyder reportedly felt a “pop” in his right foot. Following visits with doctors in both Florida and Michigan, the Republican governor has discovered that his right Achilles tendon is torn. Snyder says jogging is part of his Healthy Michigan, but has told The Detroit News that he “overdid it.” According to spokeswoman Sara Wurfel, Snyder describes the pain as “not horrible.” The Michigan governor has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the 2016 presidential election. When asked about running, he responded that he’s “working on literal running first.”
Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you believe you are having problems with this condition, consult with 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 is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?
There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms
- Inflammation
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
Rupture Symptoms
- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention
Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries.

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Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00

Doctor Discusses Typical Signs of Toenail Fungus

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broken-toe2According to Dr. Pfenninger of the Midland Daily News, it is estimated that ten percent of the adult population already has some type of nail fungus. At times, individuals can have toenail fungus and not even be aware that it is there. Some signs of nail fungus include thickening, discoloration, weak nails, appearance of debris under the nail, foul smells when nails are wet, and the occasional lifting up of the nail into a tent-shape. Older individuals and women are also more likely to have fungus in their toenails. Many people may have toenail fungus but initially confuse it for an ingrown toenail. Although there are topical and oral antifungal medications available, prevention is important. To avoid nail fungus, allow your feet to fully dry after showering and keep the nails groomed.
While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, consult with Dr. Eric J. Abrams, D.P.M. of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abrams will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 
Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.
Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments
There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

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foot-ankle-injuriesCarlton Rookie Kristian Jaksch is finally able to play with his new club although he sustained a foot injury that could have kept him off the field for entire 2015 season and even ruin his career. The Australian football player had a stress fracture that has been known to send players into early retirement. Luckily, after rounds of scans and professional visits, the fracture was not as damaged as originally believed. Jaksch stated, “I am 100 percent, which is a lot different compared to the initial prognosis where I was going to miss most of the year.” The 20-year-old defender holds a lot of potential to the club and will even have the chance to train into a forward.

Getting back into sports after injuring a foot or ankle can be very difficult for both the body and mind. See Dr. Eric J. Abrams, D.P.M. of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abrams will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries
While one of the most common injuries among athletes may be a sprained ankle, there are still many other types of injuries that plague athletes in any sport. But for less severe foot and ankle injuries, it is recommended by physical therapists and sports medicine doctors that athletes use the R.I.C.E. method to help alleviate pain and to speed up the healing process.

The acronym R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These four steps help in the healing process, not only to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, but also to improve overall health of the affected area, allowing you to get back on to your feet again. Although resting is usually the key to all healing, it is necessary to see a doctor to ensure treatment for any other problems that may not be obvious to you right away.

It is best for injured athletes to allow themselves time to heal. Some athletes need hours of re-training, exercise, check-ups with their physical therapist, and other remedies.

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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