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May 2020

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 00:00

Teenagers and Sever’s Disease

Children and young teenagers may be affected by a condition that is referred to as Sever’s disease. This may occur when they frequently participate in certain sporting activities. It is known as a condition that impacts the growth plate in the heel, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Heel pain is a common symptom, and many children begin to limp to diminish the weight on the foot. Moderate relief may be found when the foot is elevated, and when specific foot stretches are performed. This may help a tight Achilles tendon to loosen, which may aid in decreasing tension on the tendons that are connected to the heel. Additionally, it is important to wear shoes that fit correctly, which generally consists of ensuring there is adequate support and cushioning. If you notice your child is limping, or complaining of heel pain, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see the podiatrists from Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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 injuries.

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Many women choose to wear high heels for several reasons, despite knowing they may hurt their feet. These types of shoes can be stylish, and can accentuate a particular clothing style, in addition to making the legs appear slender. It is important to purchase the right size shoes, which may help to ensure maximum comfort. The toes may benefit when there is adequate room for them to move freely, and this can be accomplished by choosing shoes that have a round toe area. The feet may need to rest after wearing high heels, and it is recommended to alternate with shoes that have a lower heel. Foot conditions that may develop from frequently wearing high heels can consist of bunions, hammertoe, corns, and blisters. If you would like additional information about how high heels can impact the feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact the podiatrists from Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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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Arthritis is defined as inflammation that occurs in the joints. When this happens in the feet, it can cause difficulty in walking, and this is often a result of severe pain and discomfort. Osteoarthritis can cause the cartilage in the joints to gradually diminish, and walking and standing can be difficult to maintain. Gout is a type of arthritis that can be caused by genetic factors, or from eating foods that can cause elevated uric acid levels in the blood. The pain that often accompanies gout is found in the joints of the big toe, and additional symptoms may include redness and tenderness. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause deformities in various joints in the body, and patients who have this type of arthritis may feel tired for long periods of time. There are effective methods to treat arthritis in the feet, and it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you proper treatment techniques.

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

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

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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Monday, 04 May 2020 00:00

Possible Causes of Cracked Heels

The condition that is known as cracked heels is a common foot condition that may occur as a result of wearing shoes that have an open back. These types of shoes may lack the support that is needed to maintain the natural moisture of the skin, and deep cracks, or fissures may develop. Some patients are more susceptible to developing cracked heels than others. These may include people who have medical conditions consisting of diabetes, eczema, or psoriasis. It can be beneficial to incorporate healthy foods into your diet, which may provide the necessary nutrients that can aid in preventing cracked heels. Patients have found mild relief when the feet are washed and dried thoroughly, followed by frequently applying a good moisturizer. If you notice cracked heels are beginning to develop, please consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can help you to remedy this ailment.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact the podiatrists from Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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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Saturday, 02 May 2020 00:00

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