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Point Pleasant

September 2023

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 00:00

Common Running Injuries

Runners frequently experience foot injuries due to the repetitive nature of running and the stress placed on the feet, even with advanced cushioned running shoes. Four common running-related foot injuries are plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, metatarsal stress injuries, and Morton’s neuroma. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, causing heel and arch discomfort, particularly in the morning or after prolonged standing. Ankle sprains occur when the foot exceeds its normal range of motion, straining or tearing ligaments. Metatarsal stress injuries often result from excessive pressure on the metatarsal bones, leading to pain during walking, running, or jumping. Morton’s neuroma is characterized by the thickening of nerve-encasing tissue in the ball of the foot. It is linked to high-impact activities and wearing tight-fitting shoes, especially in women. Incorporating stretching and strengthening exercises into the running routine can reduce the risk of incurring these injuries. If you are a runner and have sustained one of these injuries or are experiencing any foot or ankle pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can diagnose the problem and provide you with appropriate treatment.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, 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.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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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Wednesday, 20 September 2023 00:00

Why Live with Pain and Numbness in Your Feet?

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 19 September 2023 00:00

Fall Proofing the Home for Elderly Loved Ones

As we age, the risk of falls in our homes becomes a growing concern. The good news is that with a few thoughtful modifications, you can transform your living space into a safe haven for elderly family members. This can begin by decluttering walkways, ensuring clear, unobstructed paths, followed by removing tripping hazards such as loose rugs and electrical cords. Installing handrails and grab bars which can provide essential support, is critical in bathrooms and staircases. Adequate lighting is vital, and dimly lit areas can be brightened, in addition to adding nightlights which can reduce the risk of stumbling in the dark. Consider anti-slip flooring options to improve traction. In the bathroom, invest in a shower chair and non-slip mats to prevent accidents. Regular maintenance of your home's infrastructure, including checking for loose floorboards or uneven surfaces, is also important. If you would like additional information about effective methods to keep your home safe for senior family members, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Alan J. Spector from Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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, 12 September 2023 00:00

Common Achilles Tendon Injuries

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone and plays a vital role in everyday movements. It allows you to perform actions like rising up on the toes, walking, and running. Despite its strength, the Achilles tendon is susceptible to various injuries that can be painful and debilitating. Achilles tendinopathy, also known as Achilles tendonitis, involves tiny tears in the tissue surrounding the tendon. These are often caused by overuse. Symptoms include pain, swelling, tenderness, morning stiffness, and decreased strength and movement in the affected leg. An Achilles tendon tear or rupture is a more severe injury that can result in sudden, sharp pain, swelling, bruising, and a loss of function, making it difficult to point the foot downward or stand on the toes. Some patients with partial tears may not experience noticeable symptoms. It's important to note that Achilles tendon issues often develop gradually due to cumulative damage. If you suspect you have incurred an Achilles tendon injury, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for the most suitable treatment approach for dealing with your injury.

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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Tuesday, 05 September 2023 00:00

Surgery for the Smaller Toes

Small toe problems can be more than just an inconvenience, they can impact your daily life, cause discomfort, and hinder your ability to move freely. When non-surgical solutions fall short of providing relief, surgery emerges as a viable option to address these issues effectively. Deformities like claw toe and hammer toe are common causes of small toe discomfort. Small toe surgery focuses on correcting these deformities and alleviating associated pain. The procedures can involve releasing or lengthening tendons, repositioning joints, removing excess bone, stiffening joints, or realigning bones. Preparing for surgery is essential to ensure a smooth and successful outcome. Quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and engaging in regular exercise can also contribute to a smoother recovery. Potential risks involved in small toe surgery include infection, bleeding, nerve or blood vessel damage, bone healing issues, and loss of toe movement. Full recovery, including reduced swelling and optimal functionality, may take up to six months. If you're considering toe surgery, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist to discuss your options. 

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Alan J. Spector from Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

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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