Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

A heel spur is a bony growth on the calcaneus, or heel bone, that often extends into the arch of the foot. Though this can become painful, many people have heel spurs and are unaware of them. Heel spurs are often associated with plantar fasciitis, which is the inflammation of the band of tissue that connects the heel to the ball of the foot. Heel spurs, which are calcium deposits, develop over a period of time. They can be the result of continual stretching of the plantar fascia or repeated tearing of the membrane that covers the heel bone. Heel spurs are especially common among runners and other athletes who do a lot of jumping. Other risk factors are running on hard surfaces, footwear that does not provide proper heel cushioning or arch support, and excess weight or obesity. In addition, people who spend a great part of the day on their feet may be more likely to develop heel spurs. Seniors, people with diabetes, and anyone with arch problems also may be more at risk. If heel spurs are causing pain and interfering with your daily activities, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.  

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Glenn Aufseeser, DPM from Lakewood Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices located in Lakewood and Manchester Township, NJ . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

A small area of skin on the foot which is filled with protective liquid is defined as a blister. It is the body’s natural defense in producing new skin, which replaces the skin that has been damaged. This happens as a result of excess friction that is often caused by wearing shoes and socks that do not fit correctly. The skin will become reddened, and this is the first sign a blister is developing. There may be medical reasons why blisters on the feet can occur. These can consist of having eczema, psoriasis, or they may be part of an allergic reaction to specific chemicals or to an insect bite. Additionally, people who enjoy running may find that they have developed blisters, which can happen from excessive foot moisture. This can be prevented by wearing socks and shoes that are made of materials that can absorb moisture. Using a foot antiperspirant may help to reduce or eliminate sweating. It is beneficial to keep the blister covered until it drains naturally when new skin is formed. It is also wise to consult with a podiatrist if you have blisters on your feet, who can help with effective treatment and prevention methods.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Glenn Aufseeser, DPM of Lakewood Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often 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.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Lakewood and Manchester 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

Club foot is a condition that begins when the baby is inside the womb. It is considered to be a rare foot condition and is noticeable as the feet turn in and point down. It happens as a result of a short Achilles tendon and can affect one or both feet. Club foot is generally not painful to babies despite the difficulty in walking if it is not treated. An ultrasound can be performed during the pregnancy, and it can give the parents the opportunity to speak with their doctor about specific treatment methods. A common treatment is referred to as the Ponseti method, and this provides gentle manipulation that stretches the feet into a better position. This is followed by having the baby wear a cast, and the method is repeated approximately every eight weeks. Minor surgery may be necessary to perform on the Achilles tendon when the feet have straightened out, and this can be helpful in loosening this tendon. If you have questions about club foot, it is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can perform the necessary treatment options that can benefit your child. 

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact Glenn Aufseeser, DPM of Lakewood Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

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

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Wednesday, 16 November 2022 00:00

Ingrown toenails can be painful and can make wearing shoes or walking uncomfortable. Seek professional help if you believe you've developed an ingrown toenail and be treated safely. 

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