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April 2022

There is no mistaking an Achilles tendon injury when it occurs. This large tendon, located at the back of the calf, connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It is responsible for pointing and flexing the feet, which is necessary in completing daily activities. An injury can happen from increasing running mileage and speed too quickly, which can cause severe pain and discomfort. Patients who have experienced this type of injury find it difficult to walk and are unable to bend their ankle. Mild relief may be found by taking anti-inflammatory medicine, and it may help to stretch the calves. Effective prevention techniques for an Achilles tendon injury includes strengthening the feet and calves as often as possible, which can help to ease the loading force on the tendon. This is accomplished by standing on a step, and lowering the heels one at a time, until a stretch is felt. An Achilles tendon injury often needs immediate attention, and it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can guide you toward the correct treatment techniques.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, 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.

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 Point Pleasant, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2022 00:00

When to Consider Ankle Replacement Surgery

In some cases of osteoarthritis of the ankle, the damage caused by the deterioration of the bones rubbing against each other may lead to some form of surgery. This is not a decision to be taken lightly, because it can permanently affect your lifestyle and the movement of your ankle joint. Osteoarthritis is degenerative, where the cartilage between the talus bone in the heel and the tibia in the leg erodes. As a result the bones press on each other and wear away. Three main types of ankle surgery are joint replacement, fusion and triple fusion. Joint replacement surgery removes the damaged ends of the bones and replaces them with metal or plastic ends, which can last for up to 15 years. Triple fusion surgery involves using screws, staples or plates to fuse three bones. It may take up to 3 months for the fusion to be complete. Ankle fusion connects the end of the talus bone in the heel to the end of the tibia in the leg. The ankle loses all mobility, but remains pain-free. If you have ongoing ankle pain that has become severe enough to affect your daily life, it is suggested that you discuss your options with a podiatrist at your earliest convenience.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Alan J. Spector from Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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, 13 April 2022 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Pressure from tight shoes, obesity, growths in the feet, injuries, medical conditions, or nerve entrapment conditions can cause a nerve in your feet to become pinched. Typical symptoms of a pinched nerve include numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, and/or foot pain that is burning, sharp, or aching. Your foot may even feel as though it has fallen asleep. These symptoms can occur at various locations in the foot such as on the bottom, in the heel, or in the ball of your foot. These sensations may even radiate to the arches or the toes, which may become noticeable when you walk, stand for prolonged periods, or exercise. You may find mild relief by changing your footwear, icing the affected area, refraining from activities that seem to irritate the pinched nerve, and massaging or immobilizing the area. If your symptoms do not improve, or actually worsen, make an appointment with a podiatrist who can perform a variety of tests and examine you to diagnose your condition, help determine its cause, and take appropriate action to treat it.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Alan J. Spector from Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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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Tuesday, 05 April 2022 00:00

Two Types of Flat Feet

There are many people that are born with flat feet. This condition can be identified by standing on the floor and noting if the entire foot lies flat. Additionally, flat feet may be part of a genetic disorder, and there may be pain in the feet and ankles that are associated with it. Research has shown there are two types of flat feet. Rigid flat feet indicate the arch is completely missing, and flexible flat feet show the arch is present when the patient sits or stands. People who have pain that is related to flat feet may find mild relief when custom made orthotics are worn, in addition to wearing sturdy shoes. If there is pain from this condition, it may be associated with tight tendons or bone problems. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you schedule a visit with a podiatrist who can properly assess this condition.

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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