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Monday, 29 June 2020 00:00

Possible Causes of Flat Feet

People who have flat feet are aware of the absence of an arch in their feet. It is easily noticed when the entire foot lies flat on the floor while standing. Patients who have flat feet may find their feet are achy, and it may be difficult to walk for long periods of time. This condition may develop for a variety of reasons. These can consist of genetic traits, obesity, or gradual weight gain that can come from pregnancy. Mild relief may be found when insoles are worn, and specific foot exercises are frequently performed that can help to strengthen the entire foot. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to help correct this ailment. If you were born with flat feet, or have developed this condition, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you with correct treatment options.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Alan J. Spector from Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Monday, 22 June 2020 00:00

What Causes Gout?

Gout is an arthritic condition that affects many people. It typically involves the joints in the big toe, and occurs as a result of excess uric acid in the blood. Genetics may play a significant role in developing this ailment, in addition to eating foods that are high in purine levels. Symptoms that many patients experience can include swelling, severe pain and discomfort surrounding the big toe, and it is often difficult to walk. It is beneficial to avoid eating foods with elevated purine levels. These include red meat, shellfish, and drinks with a high sugar content. Gout attacks can be managed with proper medication, and positive lifestyle changes. If you are prone to gout, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer treatment solutions.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Alan J. Spector from Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Monday, 15 June 2020 00:00

What Causes Cracked Heels?

The uncomfortable condition that is known as cracked heels can cause difficulty in walking and wearing shoes. They are described as deep cracks, or fissures in the heel of the foot, and bleeding may occur in severe cases. There are several reasons why this condition may develop. These can include frequently wearing shoes that have an open back, or standing for long periods of time. Additionally, existing medical conditions such as psoriasis or eczema may cause the skin to become dry, and cracked heels may develop. Research has indicated it may be beneficial to drink plenty of water, as this may help the body to stay hydrated. If you notice your heels are dry, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can recommend the best treatment options for cracked heels.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Alan J. Spector from Shore Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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Wednesday, 10 June 2020 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Monday, 08 June 2020 00:00

Hikers and Blisters

Blisters on the feet can be quite uncomfortable. They can induce pain, and may cause people who enjoy hiking to walk slower than they usually would. Blisters occur as a result of excess friction, which is often provoked by the shoes or socks that are worn. They appear to be a bubble that is filled with liquid. This is the method the body uses to naturally protect the damaged skin. When new skin has formed, the blister will gradually drain. Many hikers will use a protective covering over the blister, and this may be helpful in preventing premature draining. If you have blisters on your feet that may have become infected, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment techniques.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Alan J. Spector of Shore Podiatry. 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 office located in Point Pleasant, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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The medical condition that is known as poor circulation may be indicative of serious health issues. Blood, oxygen, and nutrients are circulated throughout the body, and may be hindered as a result of specific ailments. These can include diabetes, obesity, and certain types of heart conditions. The symptoms that are generally associated with poor circulation can include a numbing or tingling sensation in the feet, sharp pain, and muscle cramps. If poor circulation is not promptly treated, it may lead to a stroke. If you are experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms, it is advised that you speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can determine the cause and offer proper treatment techniques.

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Alan J. Spector of Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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

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