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Point Pleasant

January 2024

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Custom-Made Orthotics for Foot Pain

Custom-made orthotics are often an effective solution for alleviating foot pain and promoting overall foot health. These specially crafted insoles are designed to provide personalized support and cushioning, catering to the unique needs of an individual. Orthotics work by offering targeted support to areas of the foot that may be experiencing discomfort or strain. They can help correct issues like overpronation or underpronation, which can lead to various foot problems. By providing proper alignment and cushioning, custom orthotics can reduce pressure on the arches, heels, and metatarsal areas, addressing conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, or flat feet. One significant advantage of custom orthotics is their tailored fit. They are created based on a detailed analysis of an individual's foot structure and gait pattern, ensuring a precise and comfortable fit. Whether you are an athlete seeking improved performance or someone dealing with chronic foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether custom-made orthotics can help you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, 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.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please 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, 24 January 2024 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00

Arthritic Big Toe Surgery

Debilitating arthritis often affects the big toe, a condition referred to as hallux rigidus. In cases where conservative treatments fall short, cheilectomy surgery may be an option. This procedure aims to address the impact of arthritis by removing bone spurs that form on the top of the big toe. Bone spurs, or bony lumps, are a common result of hallux rigidus and can lead to pain and limited range of motion. The body produces these spurs as a protective measure to restrict movement, to alleviate arthritic pain. Those considering cheilectomy typically experience pain while wearing shoes and may view this surgery as a treatment option for early-stage arthritis of the big toe. Cheilectomy is a relatively simple foot operation, and most patients can expect a full recovery within six to eight weeks post-surgery. The primary objective of the procedure is to eliminate the bone spur, providing relief from pain and enhancing toe mobility. If you are grappling with persistent big toe pain or restricted movement, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist. This foot doctor can assess your condition and help determine whether a cheilectomy is a suitable solution.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Alan J. Spector of Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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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Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00

Common Foot Predicaments

Our feet, resilient and reliable, are subjected to the rigors of daily life, often bearing the brunt of our activities. Amid this constant support, certain common foot problems can emerge, warranting attention to maintain optimal foot health. Bunions, characterized by a bony bump at the base of the big toe, and plantar fasciitis, involving inflammation of the tissue connecting heel bone to toes, are frequent culprits. Ingrown toenails, a painful condition where the nail grows into the surrounding skin, can disrupt daily comfort. Athlete's foot, a fungal infection causing itching and peeling, is another prevalent woe. Additionally, corns and calluses, thickened skin resulting from friction or pressure, often develop on weight-bearing areas. Recognizing these common foot predicaments is the first step toward proactive foot care. If you have any type of foot pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose the cause and offer appropriate treatment options.

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.


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


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 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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Ensuring a safe and injury-free running experience involves adopting effective prevention techniques that prioritize the well-being of your muscles and joints. Start with a proper warm-up routine, incorporating dynamic stretches to prepare your body for the demands of running. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your runs, allowing your muscles to adapt to the stress gradually. Invest in well-fitted running shoes that provide adequate support and cushioning, considering factors like arch type and pronation. Cross-training activities, such as strength training and flexibility exercises, play a critical role in enhancing overall muscle balance and resilience. Paying attention to your running form and maintaining a posture that minimizes impact on joints may help to reduce the risk of injury. Adequate rest and recovery are equally vital, and listening to your body allows it time to recuperate between runs. By adopting a holistic approach that encompasses warm-ups, proper gear, cross-training, form correction, and rest, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of running-related injuries and enjoy a sustained and fulfilling running journey. If you have sustained a foot or ankle injury from running, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Alan J. Spector of Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause 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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Wednesday, 03 January 2024 00:00

Arthritis Can Cause Pain in the Feet and Ankles

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 02 January 2024 00:00

Arthritis Can Affect the Feet and Ankles

Arthritis, a chronic inflammatory condition, manifests its influence on the human body in various ways, and the feet and ankles often bear a significant brunt of its impact. The joints in these lower extremities, intricate in structure and essential for mobility, become vulnerable targets. Inflammatory arthritis types, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can result in painful swelling, stiffness, and joint deformities, limiting the range of motion. Osteoarthritis, characterized by the gradual breakdown of cartilage, leads to pain and reduced flexibility in the affected joints. The feet, comprising numerous small joints, are particularly susceptible, and the gradual progression of arthritis can affect the arches, toes, and ankle joints. As these joints endure wear and tear, daily activities can become increasingly challenging. Understanding the toll arthritis can take on the feet and ankles emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis, tailored treatments, and proactive measures. If you have arthritis and your feet and ankles are affected, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, 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.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.


  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best 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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