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Point Pleasant

May 2024

Wednesday, 29 May 2024 00:00

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

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Why Some People Get Hammertoes

Hammertoes are a deformity where the toe bends at the middle joint, causing the tip to curl downward, resembling a hammer. This condition can affect any of the smaller toes and is categorized into flexible hammertoes, which are still movable at the joint. Rigid hammertoes are defined as tight tendons causing the joint to become misaligned and immobile. Hammertoes develop over time, often due to wearing ill-fitting shoes that squeeze the toes or cause them to bend. High heels or narrow shoes are common culprits. Genetics, certain diseases like arthritis, and trauma can also contribute to their formation. People with unusually long toes, flat feet, or high arches are more susceptible. Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination, and in some cases, X-rays to assess the extent of the deformity. Treatment options range from changes in footwear and custom orthotic devices to surgery in severe cases. If you have a hammertoe that is causing you discomfort, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment options.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Alan J. Spector from Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

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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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

What Is Turf Toe?

Turf toe is a sports-related injury commonly associated with athletes who play on artificial turf. It is a sprain that occurs when the big toe joint is bent upwards at a significant angle. Turf toe injuries are frequent in sports that involve rapid starts, stops, and pivots, such as football, soccer, or basketball. Additionally, the hard surface of artificial turf increases the likelihood of turf toe, compared to natural grass, because it gives less cushioning for sudden movements. Symptoms of turf toe include pain, swelling, and limited joint movement at the base of the big toe. Rest and elevation are important for mild injuries, whereas severe cases may require immobilization of the toe with taping, stiff-soled footwear, or even a walking boot. Athletes benefit from wearing appropriate footwear that offers sufficient support to minimize the risk of turf toe and other similar injuries. If you suspect a turf toe injury, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment options. 

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. 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 Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These 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

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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, 14 May 2024 00:00

Women’s Foot Health

As women enter their 40s, specific foot care becomes important to maintain overall health and mobility. Common foot issues like plantar fasciitis, bunions, and arthritis can affect women more significantly due to factors like hormonal changes, pregnancy, and footwear choices over the years. To avoid exacerbating these issues, it is beneficial for women to steer clear of high heels and narrow-toed shoes, which can lead to foot deformities and chronic pain. Additionally, prolonged wearing of flip-flops or flats without proper support can strain the arches and contribute to plantar fasciitis. Instead, opt for supportive footwear with cushioning and roomy toe boxes to accommodate natural foot shape and reduce pressure points. Regular foot exercises and stretches can also help alleviate discomfort and maintain flexibility. If you are a female and experiencing problems with your feet as you age, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for personalized care and treatment for long-term foot health.

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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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, 07 May 2024 00:00

Treating Blisters on the Feet

Blisters on the feet commonly develop due to friction and pressure. This can occur when wearing new or ill-fitting shoes, or from intense activities like running or hiking. Blisters are small pockets of fluid that form under the skin to cushion and protect deeper tissues from damage. While blisters often heal on their own, improper care can lead to infection and further complications. A podiatrist can help manage blisters on the feet, both by treating existing blisters and helping with prevention techniques. They can safely drain large or painful blisters in a sterile environment, apply appropriate dressings, and prescribe topical treatments to prevent infection. Additionally, podiatrists can provide valuable advice on selecting the right footwear and using special padding or insoles to reduce friction points. Podiatrists may also recommend specific socks or taping techniques to protect sensitive areas of the feet, which can prevent future blisters and ensure healthy foot care practices. If you have painful or recurrent blisters on the feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. 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 are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can 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.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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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