Items filtered by date: April 2017
Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:46

Sugar and Your Feet!

Normally, I try to behave when it comes to sugar intake, and not over-do it.  However, coming off of the holiday weekend, with all these extra sweets around… Well, I may be consuming too much sugar- I admit!  All these cupcakes, cakes, chocolates and candies are way too tempting and have been finding their way into my belly way too much the past few days!  Well, if you are guilty of being a sugar glutton, too, read on!  Not only is too much sugar not so great for our waistlines, it also can affect your feet!  Who knew??

Apparently, some foods- the ones that contain a lot of sugar (aka- candy, cake, brownies, etc) yes, all the yummy yummy treats I for one, adore- they can cause inflammation in our bodies!  And, unfortunately, inflammation can impact the health of our feet.  So, it is important to realize that what we put into our bodies makes completely affects us.  Certain foods can increase chemicals in our bodies that cause tissue inflammation.  Many common foods in the American diet encourage inflammation, especially sugar, refined grains, and trans-fats found in many baked goods and junk foods.  Other culprits are: the saturated fat in red meat, the omega-6 fats found in many commonly used vegetable oils, such as corn, sunflower, and soybean oils. 

The inflammation that these foods cause can appear in your feet in the form of plantar fasciitis, which causes pain in the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot or heel.  Too much sugar intake can also affect your feet in the form of peripheral artery disease and diabetes.  Each of these conditions can harm your feet by damaging arteries that bring blood to your lower extremities.  So, if you are diabetic, you really need to be careful about your sugar intake.

So, writing this article has made me want to try to control my sweets consumption and try to turn a blind eye to all the treats around my house right now!  How about you?  Unfortunately, too much sugar has a lot of bad repercussions throughout our bodies, even in our feet.  If your feet need some T.L.C., give Dr. Eric Abrams a call.  He has two convenient Central New Jersey locations for you to visit for any of your foot needs. 

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 14:01

Children’s Common Foot and Ankle Problems

When one thinks of reasons to visit the podiatrist, usually older people or adults come to mind as the ones who would most need help with their feet.  We think of elderly people, primarily affiliated with foot issues.  Things like bunions, corns, hammertoes… these come to mind as burdens that that we think commonly just effect the elderly.  Issues like athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, and most foot problems only happen to adults, right?

This is not always the case.  Children have problems with their feet and legs, too.  Usually, though, they aren’t too serious and either go away on their own or can be corrected by special shoe orthotic inserts.  One common problem that kids have is flatfeet.  This is a condition in which the feet don’t have a proper arch to them.  Usually this means more of the person’s foot surface is in contact with ground- but this isn’t such a bad thing, as typically flatfeet don’t cause pain or problems but should be monitored throughout their growing years.

Another issue kids have is knock-knees.  Knock knees is a condition where the legs curve in at the knees so much that they could cause the ankles problems. In most cases the body self-corrects around age 6, straightening naturally, and within a few years after, most kids can stand with their knees and ankles resuming the correct positioning. If this does occur beyond age 6, it would be a good idea to see Dr. Abrams.

Kids can also experience conditions such as Pigeon Toes or Bowlegs.  Pigeon toes is a common foot condition in kids, in which they have inwardly turning toes.  This also tends to correct itself naturally without any medical treatment.  Good news, right?!  Bowlegs refers to when someone stands with the feet and ankles together but the knees are widely apart.  Many babies are born bowlegged because in utero their legs were folded tightly across their bellies.  This condition works itself out, usually, when babies start to walk and their legs bear weight.  More good news is that by age 3, most kids outgrow this condition too! 

Other foot and ankle problems kids experience are:  Athlete’s foot, blisters and foot and ankle sprains or breaks.  Obviously with these conditions, you should see your podiatrist ASAP.  Dr. Eric Abrams has two convenient locations in Central NJ for you to visit.  Call Dr. Abrams with any foot or ankle issues you or your kids may be having!  

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 14:01

How Often are Foot Issues Hereditary?


National sibling day is coming up this month.  On that note, I am thinking of foot issues, and how often they are hereditary.  One can’t help but wonder, are we destined to have the same medical problems that our parents, siblings, or ancestors have?  It seems like sometimes the answer is yes- if Mom had foot fungus, son or daughter is likely to get it, too.  Or other times, we share the same afflictions our siblings have.  However, sometimes it seems that only one sibling in a family may have bunions, or flat feet, or any other pain. Is there any rhyme or reason to it all?

Doctors say that typically when a person has a foot issue, it is something a person will have a predisposition to.  Yet, poor footwear usually exacerbates it.  In a U.S. study, they found that two common foot problems that were long suspected of being genetic, have been confirmed as conditions people can inherit.  Both conditions, which are often painful, can cause problems with mobility.   A bunion deformity in which the big toe angles toward the smaller toes, and high-arched feet that don’t flatten when bearing weight, both show a tendency to be inherited, researchers reported at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in Atlanta.

Between 2002 & 2005, more than 2,000 people were studied that suffered from bunions.  Researchers found the bunion deformity was hereditary in about 39 percent of women and 38 percent of men.  They found that the high-arch disorder was inherited in 68 percent of women and 20 percent of men.  The good thing about these findings is that effective interventions are available, and are most effective in the early stages.  So, if you know that bunions run in your family, and you start getting one, you will know to head to the podiatrist right away. 

It is always smart to head to the doctor if you are having any issues with your feet.  If you ignore the problem, it can often get worse, and lead to further problems.  Further problems usually mean MORE PAIN, and can make your life a lot more inconvenient.  So, call Dr. Eric Abrams if you’re having foot issue.  He has two central NJ locations to choose to visit at his offices of Foot & Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ.  Don’t wait, make an appointment!



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Are you suffering from foot fungus and or toenail fungus?  If you are, you know how annoying this affliction can be, as it is so hard to get rid of.  Many people get foot/toenail fungus without even knowing they have it.  Athlete’s foot can often lead to this, and be the culprit.  Many people who have a fungal problem on their feet don’t realize what’s going on, and tend to ignore it, or mistake it for psoriasis or something else.  Their feet may be itchy, their toenails may appear yellowish, & sometimes the nail separates from the nail bed.  It’s easy to confuse foot/toenail fungus with other conditions, such as psoriasis.  Many people are told they have psoriasis, when in fact they DO NOT, and are dealing with toenail fungus, instead.

Many times, this condition doesn’t cause pain, and people think it will just go away on its own.  BUT NAIL FUNGUS DOESN’T GO AWAY BY ITSELF!   And, the problem is, if you don’t treat this infection, there’s a chance it could get worse, spreading to other nails or through the body!  It could even get to the point where it causes pain to its bearer when they walk. 

Luckily, though, there are many treatments out there to deal with this icky condition.  At Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ, Dr. Abrams and his skilled staff see many people with toenail fungus- usually people who ignored it for way too long.  So, what are some of the treatments out there that may finally rid you of your toenail fungus forever?  Here are some:

  • You can try home remedies- do some research and see what people have had success with.
  • You can buy antifungal creams, gels, and nail polish online and at the store without a prescription.  If your infection doesn’t seem too bad, you may want to try this first.
  • If your infection seems worse, head to your podiatrist- he can trim and file away your nail’s dead layers, test a sample of the nail to confirm that it is, after all, nail fungus- & what type it is.  From there, your doctor might suggest an antifungal drug that gets painted on your nails.  
  • You can take prescription drugs orally, your doctor may decide to prescribe you such drugs as Lidocaine- although be careful to check what the side-effects may be, before going that route.
  •  If your infection is severe, nail removal may be necessary.
  •  However, laser treatment can successfully kill the fungus, although it isn’t covered by most insurance and can be expensive.  There is also not a lot of research out there as of the effectiveness of this treatment, thus far.

So, if you feel you may have toenail or foot fungus, don’t ignore it! Call Dr. Abrams, he can help get your nails and feet back to a healthy state. 

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