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Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Foot Blisters From Running

Runners can easily develop blisters on their toes, soles, insides of their feet, and heels. Blisters are liquid-filled pockets of skin that can develop on the feet from a combination of heat, friction, and sweat. Common causes of foot blisters are poorly fitting shoes, socks that do not sufficiently protect the feet, and sweaty feet. To prevent blisters while running, wear well-fitted shoes that do not allow the foot to rub against the inside of the shoe. Break in new running shoes slowly until you know they are comfortable. When purchasing running shoes, shop for them later in the day when feet are at their largest, and wear socks you plan to wear while running. Measure both feet and buy shoes that correspond to the biggest size foot. If inserts are needed, make sure to put them in the shoes you plan to buy so you know they fit well, and you will maintain comfort. Socks worn while running should be clean and made of breathable material. Compression socks can help with circulation, toe socks can reduce friction between toes, and padded socks can help cushion the foot during runs. If a blister develops, do not pop it. Cover it with an adhesive bandage and allow it to heal. If your blister persists or worsens, contact a podiatrist who can help with treatment and provide more ideas for prevention.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Donald Manger, DPM of Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hamilton Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Easing Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Pain

If you have tarsal tunnel syndrome, then you might feel a particular kind of pain in the sole, or bottom, of the foot. This pain might be most pronounced during weight-bearing activities. Anyone with this condition ought to see a podiatrist to receive immediate medical attention and treatment. However, to relieve this pain, there are a number of different exercises that one might perform. First, you might consider performing ankle rotations. While in a seated position, lift one leg and rotate the ankle slowly. It is important to perform this exercise on the affected foot. Additionally, to relieve pain from tarsal tunnel syndrome, consider performing pencil lifts. This exercise can be performed by picking up a pencil with the toes, holding it, and then releasing it. This strengthens muscles in the feet. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is nothing to joke about.  Contact a podiatrist today for more information on easing the pain through exercises.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Donald Manger, DPM of Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hamilton Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

There is often severe pain and discomfort by people who endure an Achilles tendon injury. It is considered to be the longest and strongest tendon in the body, and its job is to connect the calf muscles to the heel. Common symptoms that many people experience can include a tightness or stiffness, as well as pain in the lower calf. Research has indicated that the pain level may be reduced when the Achilles tendon is strengthened. This consists of performing specific stretches that start off slowly, and gradually intensify. Calf raises are done by raising up on both legs, and lowering down one at a time. Proper form includes lowering down slowly, with a controlled motion.  An effective stretch is called the single leg calf raise, which is done by standing on the ball of the foot, and slowly lowering the leg down. There are various forms of Achilles tendon stretches that are done, and if you would like more information on how to perform these, please consult with a podiatrist.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Donald Manger, DPM of Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 create immense 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 injuries 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, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hamilton Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

Who is Prone to Developing a Plantar Fibroma?

Pain in the arch of the foot may indicate that a plantar fibroma has formed. Many people can experience pain and discomfort, even though it is a benign growth. Common symptoms can include a noticeable lump that has formed in the arch and it may hurt more when wearing restrictive shoes or walking barefoot. Research suggests plantar fibromas may be more prevalent among people who have endured previous foot injuries. There may also be existing medical conditions that can contribute to the development of a plantar fibroma including liver disease, epilepsy, and diabetes. Additionally, there may be a connection between certain medications or supplements and having this type of growth. These can include high blood pressure meds, anti-seizure meds, glucosamine, and large doses of vitamin C. If you have this foot condition, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist sooner rather than later who can guide you toward the correct treatment methods. 

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Donald Manger, DPM of Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hamilton Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 01 November 2022 00:00

Foot Pain Is Possible When a Fall Occurs

There are many elderly people around the globe who fall, often resulting in having foot pain. This can range from breaking a foot to twisting an ankle. Falling can invoke fear, which can limit the feeling of independence. This is a serious concern, and there are simple methods that can be implemented which can help to reduce falling episodes. Replacing worn rugs, improving lighting in the living environment, and wearing shoes that fit correctly can all help in diminishing the risk of falling. Additionally, it is beneficial to have routine physical and eye examinations which are helpful in updating existing medications and eyeglasses. Many falls happen in the bathroom. It is strongly urged that grab bars are installed in the toilet area, and a bathmat is used in the shower. For more tips on how to practice effective fall prevention techniques, please confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the right methods.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Donald Manger, DPM from Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hamilton Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

Grades of Ankle Sprains

When an individual sprains their ankle, they typically move or turn it in an unnatural way that ends up stretching ligaments in the ankle area. As a result, an individual might experience swelling and a diminished ability to move the ankle. There are several different types or grades of ankle sprains that you should be familiar with. First, there is the Grade I ankle sprain, which is defined as having relatively minor symptoms, such as a small degree of swelling. There are also Grade II ankle sprains, which are defined as having moderate symptoms. Those with Grade II symptoms might demonstrate a degree of instability and some moderate pain during physical activities. Lastly, there are Grade III ankle sprains, which are severe. This kind of injury can involve a large amount of swelling and a total rupture. If you have sprained your ankle, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today who can treat your condition.


 

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Donald Manger, DPM from Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hamilton Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2022 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

How Arthritis Can Affect the Feet and Ankles

Many types of arthritis can affect the small joints of the feet, ankles, and toes. These include osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). OA is thought to be a wear and tear disease because it causes the cartilage in the joints to wear down from repeated stress over time. The bones lose their protective coverings and start to rub together leading to inflammation and pain. This type of arthritis mainly affects the first metatarsal joint (MTP), which connects the big toe to the foot. It can also impact the midfoot and ankle. RA is an autoimmune disease that involves multiple joints throughout the body. The immune system causes inflammation that attacks the synovium (lining of the joints) that cover joints and causes them to become swollen and painful. This type of arthritis often begins in the feet and ankles but can also affect the heels, midfoot, and forefoot. It is symmetrical, meaning it affects the same joints on both sides of the body. Repeated attacks can lead to bone, joint, ligament and tendon damage, eventually causing deformity or disability. Anyone with these or other types of arthritis can experience foot involvement and it can make it hard to walk and get through daily life. While there is no cure for arthritis, there are treatment options to slow down the progression of the disease and relieve symptoms. Please see a podiatrist for help if your arthritis is affecting your feet.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Donald Manger, DPM from Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hamilton Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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The signs of rheumatoid arthritis are often first noticed in the feet. It is considered to be a type of inflammatory arthritis and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Common symptoms associated with this condition include swelling, and the foot may feel warm and sore when touched. The foot also may gradually change shape, and this may lead to joint instability. Most people who are afflicted with this ailment notice that the smaller joints of the toes are affected. It is often challenging to walk, and it may be difficult to complete daily activities. In severe cases, the joints can rub together excessively, possibly affecting bursae. These are defined as sacs that are filled with fluid and may become inflamed, which is known as bursitis. If you notice the beginning signs of rheumatoid arthritis in your feet, it is strongly advised that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can properly evaluate and treat this condition.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Donald Manger, DPM of Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hamilton Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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