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!
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.
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.
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 us! Dr. 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!