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fracturesCameron Payne had to take a break for six weeks as he was recovering from a fractured bone in his right foot, sustained during September’s Blue-White Scrimmage. Payne had broken his fifth metatarsal this same year, and had to have surgery in July. Following consultations with specialists, Payne opted not to have further surgery for the metatarsal injury. Thunder general manager had originally intended for Payne to be re-evaluated within six to eight weeks. This meant that Payne would miss the start of the regular season.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

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 and Eatontown, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 24 October 2016 13:06

Treating Athlete’s Foot

corns2For those who have athlete’s foot, most conditions can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications such as powders, sprays, or creams. However, more severe conditions should be diagnosed by a doctor. Proper hygiene is essential for ensuring that your feet are able to fight off the infection. Your feet should be kept clean and dry in the toe area, and make sure to wear socks that are breathable. Change your shoes and socks as necessary to prevent moisture build up on your feet. Avoid going barefoot in public pools or locker room areas.

For more information about how to treat and prevent Athlete’s foot, contact Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speaking to your podiatrist will give you a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best 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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fractures1Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin suffered a hairline fracture foot injury during the World Cup of Hockey exhibition game on September 9, according to an MRI. The original prognosis suggested Seguin “take seven to 10 days off skates.” Seguin had recovered from a previous Achilles injury and had to sit out for several months during playoffs.

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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Monday, 10 October 2016 15:39

Reducing Blood Pressure Helps Reduce Gout

gout3Recent research conducted at John Hopkins University School of Medicine indicates that diets that aid in reducing blood pressure also help in combating gout, “a painful form of arthritis that tends to hit people later in life.” According to the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, a diet rich in foods such as fruits and vegetables and low in fats can help reduce uric acid levels. Gout occurs when your body produces too much uric acid in response to eating a diet full of compounds called purine, leading to symptoms of painful burning in our joints, particularly in our toes and feet.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, contact Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

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 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, 03 October 2016 18:03

The Importance of Proper Fitting Shoes

runners11Properly-fitting athletic shoes not only help with enhancing performance but can help prevent injuries as well. When choosing athletic shoes, opt for buying them toward the end of the day, as your feet swell during the day. Wear the respective socks you would use when using your athletic shoes, make sure there is toe room to wiggle and that the shoes are comfortable. Test the shoes by running in them to ensure that they are comfortable, and ensure that there is a firm grip of the shoe to your heels.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatmentcontact 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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