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Monday, 18 May 2020 00:00

The place on the foot where bunions develop is the bottom of the big toe. Common symptoms that are present in larger bunions can consist of pain and swelling on and around the affected area, and skin that has become calloused on top of the bunion. Additionally, it may be difficult to wear shoes that are normally worn, and larger shoes may have to be purchased so the feet can feel comfortable. Patients who have developed bunions may have prior medical conditions that can include arthritis, cerebral  palsy, in addition to genetics playing a significant role in developing a bunion. Mild relief may be found when custom-made orthotics are worn, and it may help to wear a protective pad over the bunion. If you have a bunion, and would like additional information about effective treatment options, please consult with a podiatrist.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. Henry Miller of New Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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Monday, 11 May 2020 00:00

Many people enjoy the feeling of stretching their feet. Stretching helps the overall foot to feel good, in addition to improving mobility and flexibility. There are specific stretches that are suggested for certain foot conditions such as bunions and plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is the portion of tissue which connects the heel to the toes, and it is located on the bottom of the foot. It may become stronger when the toes are pointed and flexed, or when the sole of the foot is rolled on a bottle. Bunions may be caused by wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. It is beneficial to place the ankle across the opposite thigh, and gently rotate the toes to each side. When patients stand for the majority of the day, the toes may become cramped and stiff, and existing discomfort may be relieved when the toes are stretched. For additional information about how to properly perform foot stretches, please consult with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Henry Miller from New Jersey. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Freehold, 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

The medical term for a common foot condition that is known as ingrown toenails is referred to as onychocryptosis. It is a painful ailment that develops as a result of the outer edges of the toenail growing into the surrounding skin. The symptoms that often accompany an ingrown toenail often include redness and swelling. Additionally, if the impacted area becomes infected, there may be a discharge. Ingrown toenails may develop for a variety of reasons. These can include trimming the toenails incorrectly, wearing shoes that do not fit properly, and having an existing medical condition such as diabetes. Many patients have found mild relief when the toe is soaked in warm water, as this may help to soften the edges of the nail. If you are afflicted with an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment options.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Henry Miller of New Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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Saturday, 02 May 2020 00:00

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

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