Items filtered by date: March 2017
Thursday, 30 March 2017 16:33

Lower Back Pain and Foot Pressure

Do you find that your lower back hurts you a lot?  Many people, no matter what kind of health they are in, suffer from this affliction.  Mechanical low back pain (LBP) is a very common, expensive, and significant health issue we see in the western world.  Many doctors feel that foot pressure is directly correlated to lower back issues.  Functional musculoskeletal conditions are widely thought to cause mechanical low back pain.

However, the role of foot posture and leg length discrepancy in contributing to abnormal biomechanics of the lower back region (lumbopelvic region) has been found to be insufficiently investigated in the medical world.  Some reviewers have, however, examined the evidence for the association between foot function- particularly pronation, and mechanical LBP.  They have found that there is a body of evidence to support the notion that foot posture, particularly hyper pronation, is associated with mechanical low back pain!

It has been investigated as to whether or not the use of foot orthoses play a valuable role in the treatment of this condition.  At the offices of Dr. Eric Abrams, we see many patients suffering from lower back pain, as well as foot pain.  A lot of the time, overweight people and pregnant women are the biggest sufferers.  However, people who spend a lot of time on their feet tend to suffer from not only foot and ankle issues, but lower back pain, as well.

It is one of those annoying afflictions, as it tends to be chronic, but is sometimes more or less painful depending on the day.  Many people don’t realize that their feet are causing this lower back pain.  However, we have found there is often a direct correlation between LBP and foot issues. 

Sometimes, it is an easier fix than the person realizes, too!  A lot of the time, people are simply wearing unsupportive or ill-fitting shoes- and this is the culprit!  Dr. Abrams has had great success in treating this condition with the use of foot orthoses.  He has two convenient central NJ locations to be seen at.  By seeing your podiatrist, you give yourself the gift of not only more comfortable feet, but a more comfortable body, overall- especially when you are amongst the many out there with chronic lower back pain!  Don’t wait, a more comfortable you is simply a phone call away!

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 13:29

The Worry-Free Pedicure

Getting a pedicure is a nice, relaxing experience.  Most people go to the nail salon to let go of their worries and relax.  When you get a pedicure you shouldn’t have to worry about your health, right?  One would think so. One would hope so.  However, there are hidden dangers associated with getting a pedicure that one wouldn’t think of.   There are some important things to look out for when you head to the salon, so you can enjoy that pedicure… worry-free!

  • Make sure the metal tools they’re using have been sterilized between EACH CLIENT- if the metal tools the nail technician uses aren’t sterilized, you can get a nasty infection.  Look for tools soaking in that blue liquid disinfectant- Barbicide, for example.  Some salons use UV lights to sanitize tools, however, they need to be in the “ovens” for hours to effectively sterilize the instruments.
  • Be wary of allowing the pedicurist to turn on the bubbles.  The jets in the whirlpool bath can harbor bacteria and fungus.  You can contract fungal or viral infections like athlete’s foot and warts.
  •  Watch out for non-metal tools… these are not sterilizable, so they should be used on YOU, and ONLY YOU.  Stay alert and pay attention to the pedicurist to ensure that you’re not coming into contact with any used non-metal tools.  A great idea is to bring your own nail files and foot pumices with you to the nail salon.
  • Be clear about how you want the pedicurist to cut your nails and cuticles.  If the pedicurist cuts too far into the corners, that can encourage the nail to grow into the skin, causing ingrown toenails.
  • If you’ve just shaved your legs, and have a compromised immune system- like diabetics and people with HIV, the elderly, or anyone with vascular disease or circulation problems… you are more susceptible to infection. You can get infections like cellulitis from bacteria being introduced into the legs from microtears in the skin.  Better to wait till after a couple days post-shave to get that pedicure. 

If you do have a problem post-pedicure, Dr. Eric Abrams has two convenient central NJ locations to help.  Call him and make an appointment, he and his professional staff will take good care of you.

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So, are you one of the lucky people out there heading to a tropical paradise?  Or anywhere warm, for that matter?!!  If you are suffering from the winter blues, a reprieve to a warm location is a dream come true!  Yet… many people don’t take the greatest care of their feet during the winter months.  Are your feet neglected?  Do you have athlete’s foot, calluses, or are unsightly bunions or corns plaguing you?  Your feet may need a big dose of TLC if they’re about to be exposed for all to see!  What to do?  Well, here are some tips to get those feet into tip top shape…

  •  First of all, if you are having any foot problems, make an appointment with Dr. Abrams as soon as possible.
  •  Have any issues examined and treated.
  •  Keep your feet clean and dry.
  •  Use a “foot scraper” to remove extra calluses and dry skin.
  •  Get a professional pedicure, if possible.
  •  If a pedicure isn’t possible, cut your toenails, being careful to cut straight across. 
  • Use absorbent powder in your shoes, and wear shoes with breathable fabric.
  • Once those tootsies are in that sunny paradise, be sure to slather sunscreen on the tops of your feet! (Yes, feet can get sunburned, which can be very painful, and dangerous if it happens repeatedly).

If you are walking around a pool, be sure to wear flip flops or water shoes.  It’s always smart to avoid going barefoot in public pool areas.  That way, you can avoid athlete’s foot, or any other funguses lurking there.  

So, enjoy that vacation, and let those feet take in the fresh air.  But be sure to tend to any foot problems before you go!  Dr. Abrams will help with any issues you may have.  There are two convenient locations in Central NJ available to tend to your needs. 

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 23:52

The Annoying, Aggravating Athlete’s Foot!

Who gets athlete’s foot?  Are you thinking an athlete when you first hear this question?  Well, true - however, so very many other people deal with this affliction at some point in their lives.  Basically anyone can get athlete’s foot.  Two things need to happen for someone to get it… 

1. Their bare feet are exposed to a certain kind of fungus. 

2. That fungus is able to grow- basically it has the right environment to thrive.  

Any place that’s hot and moist will do the trick.  Hmmm, just like sneakers, or any shoe that’s remotely constricting, for that matter!  

Athlete’s foot is annoying!  It has a way of being hard to get rid of.  Many people have it on and off for years on end!  Why? Well, the problem is re-infection.  The fungal infection may be under control, and the feet are resembling their earlier healthier state, and the sufferer is feeling like he or she is out of the woods.  But BOOM! PUT ON A SHOE THAT HAS THE FUNGUS IN IT- AND YOUR HEALTHY FOOT STATUS CAN CHANGE BY BEING RE-EXPOSED TO THE FUNGUS!  Athlete’s foot rears its ugly head, once again!

Foot & Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ, P.C. sees this scenario again and again when patients come to see him, complaining of a case of athlete’s foot that just won’t get the hint, and GO AWAY!!    Their feet are dry, itchy, scaly, callused, bumpy, red, “cheesy-looking”, smelly, & raw!!  Not a good time!

So, if this sounds familiar, contact usDr. Abrams has two convenient central NJ locations  in Toms River and Eatontown where he can be reached.  In the office, he can identify the athlete’s foot fungus, or determine if it is, in fact something else!  Sometimes, it can be another foot condition that is plaguing you.  It’s even possible that you are allergic to a material in the shoes you are wearing.  

If it is athlete’s foot, treatment is usually quite simple, so worry no longer!  Dr. Abrams will prescribe a special cream that will kill the fungus, and then there are some simple measures to take at home to keep it away for good!

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 14:23

Athlete’s Foot or Psoriasis, Which is It?

Many times, people who have foot itchiness, redness, and flaking come into our office befuddled, as they have seen a dermatologist in the past for a problem that has had no resolution!  Itchy feet, sores, dead skin, flakiness, pain, chronic dryness… these are all symptoms that many of our patients complain of.  It is often difficult to tell the difference between Athlete’s Foot and Psoriasis, and they are often confused.  At Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ, P.C., we often have people come visit us who are experiencing these problems.  Recently, a patient came in exhibiting symptoms of chronic dry skin, extensive callouses, itchiness of the soles and between the toes, and patches of skin missing in areas where she had scratched it off!  Pretty terrible, right?  This particular patient told us she had been experiencing these symptoms on and off for years, and had seen two different dermatologists for the problem.  One of the doctor told her it “could be psoriasis or eczema”, and prescribed a course of Clobetasol ointment.  As this didn’t help, she tried using shea butter on her feet.  This helped a little, but did not correct the problem. 

Hence, her visit to our office.  The problem with these two conditions is that they are often confused for one another… However, there are differences between the two.  Here are some of the ways to tell the difference between the two afflictions:

  • Psoriasis shows itself in red, patches of skin often covered in silvery-whitish colored scales/ Athlete’s foot looks more like a red, scaly rash with peeling skin.
  • Psoriasis makes the person experience itching and burning.  Athlete’s foot makes the person experience itching and burning on and around the rash.
  • Psoriasis creates pain on or around the scales.  Athlete’s foot creates small blisters or ulcers on the foot.
  • Psoriasis makes the skin dry and cracked and it may bleed.  Athlete’s foot creates a chronic dryness on the foot.
  • Psoriasis creates a general soreness and swollen, painful joints, and pitted or thickened nails.  Athlete’s foot causes scaling on the heel that extends up the sides of the foot. 

Hopefully this has shed a little light as to which condition you may be experiencing.  Call us at either of our two convenient  locations  in Toms River or Eatontown if you are experiencing the annoying symptoms of athlete’s foot, or any other foot condition you may be suffering from.  Dr. Abrams is here to give your feet back the comfort they so greatly desire!

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