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Wednesday, 19 June 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe, resulting from misalignment of the joint. It can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty in finding comfortable footwear. Genetics, wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, and certain foot shapes can contribute to bunion development. To prevent bunions, it is important to wear shoes with a wide toe box and avoid high heels that put pressure on the front of the foot. Custom orthotics can provide support and alleviate pressure on the big toe joint. Stretching and strengthening exercises for the feet can improve alignment and reduce strain. Early intervention, such as using bunion pads and maintaining a healthy weight, can also help prevent the progression of bunions. If you have a bunion, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can provide you with additional methods for relief and treatment options.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, 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 a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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, 11 June 2024 00:00

Corns and calluses are common foot conditions that are often confused but have distinct differences. Corns are small, rounded areas of thickened skin that usually develop on bony areas like the top or sides of toes as a result of pressure or friction. Corns often develop from the consistent friction with ill-fitted shoes. Typically, corns have a hard core surrounded by inflamed skin that may cause discomfort or pain when pressure is applied. Calluses, on the other hand, are broader, more diffused areas of thickened skin that typically form on the soles of the feet or the palms of the hands. Calluses form as the body's way of protecting itself from ongoing rubbing or pressure from everyday activities like walking, working, or any kind of manual labor. Unlike corns, calluses generally do not cause pain but they may affect mobility if they grow too thick. Regular foot care and attention to shoe fit can help maintain healthy feet and prevent the development of these agitating conditions. If you suffer from persistent or painful corns and calluses, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a proper evaluation and appropriate treatment recommendations. 

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Alan J. Spector of Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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, 04 June 2024 00:00

Ankle arthroscopy represents a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat a variety of ankle joint problems. Through small incisions, a podiatrist inserts a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, into the ankle joint, allowing for a detailed examination of its structures. This procedure offers several advantages over traditional open surgery, including smaller incisions, reduced postoperative pain, and quicker recovery times. Ankle arthroscopy can be used to address a range of conditions, such as ankle impingement, ligament tears, cartilage damage, and loose bodies within the joint. During the procedure, specialized instruments may be utilized to repair or remove damaged tissue, restore joint stability, and alleviate symptoms. By providing direct visualization of the ankle joint, arthroscopy enables precise diagnosis and targeted treatment, ultimately facilitating improved outcomes for patients experiencing ankle-related issues. As a minimally invasive approach, ankle arthroscopy continues to evolve, offering patients a less disruptive option for resolving ankle joint problems. If you have chronic ankle pain, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine if ankle arthroscopy is right for you.

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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