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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

Orthotics and Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are pesky little bony growths that can develop on the bottom of the heel bone in the feet. Heel spurs are shaped like hooks. Since orthotics are devices that can help mitigate pain and treat foot conditions, many patients with heel spurs are curious about whether or not orthotics may be used to treat heel spurs. Interestingly, heel spur inserts can help with just that. Orthotic devices used for heel spurs typically come with significantly deep heel cups. Additionally, they will have major cushioning that is meant to increase the extent to which the device absorbs shock during weight-bearing activities. Typically, these orthotic devices can be made of a range of different materials, including foam and gel. If you are someone that struggles with heel spurs, consider contacting a podiatrist today to learn if you would benefit from the use of orthotics. Schedule an appointment today.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Douglas Mckay from New Jersey . 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 one of our offices located in Caldwell, and Galloway, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

Cracked Heels in Children

Cracks in the heels are much less likely to happen in children compared to adults. Children’s skin is more tender and less likely to be impacted by mechanical factors. However, there are some instances where children will get cracks in their heels, and this is usually when there is interference with metabolic or hormonal processes causing skin disturbances. The heels are often affected under these circumstances since the feet take on the burden of the weight of the body. Cracked heels can occur in children from stress, neuro-psychic changes, or insufficient nutrition, particularly vitamin deficiencies. Vitamins A and E normalize metabolic processes, remove toxins, and positively affect the condition of skin. Transition periods can be associated with cracks in the heels, such as beginning school, during adolescence, or a family disturbance, periods that often come with increased stress. Since more serious complications can arise from cracked skin on the heels, it is suggested you take your child to a podiatrist for an examination and treatment.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Douglas Mckay from New Jersey . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Caldwell, and Galloway, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Rock Climbing and Foot Injuries

About half of all acute injuries sustained in rock climbing involve the legs and feet. Often these injuries happen from falls to the ground or rocks hitting a person during a fall. Rock climbers can suffer from strains, contusions, and fractures to the feet that can stop them from participating in this enjoyable activity for some time. Wearing shoes that are too tight can lead to overstrain injuries that can increase stress on the forefoot during rock climbing. If you are a rock climber and want more information about protecting your feet and ankles while participating in your sport, or if your lower extremities have been injured, consult with a podiatrist.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Douglas Mckay of New Jersey . 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 one of our offices located in Caldwell, and Galloway, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 04 January 2023 00:00

Flat Feet Exercises

Flat feet are a condition of the feet and its name is quite literal. Those with flat feet have a foot shape that causes the entire sole of the foot to rest flush against the floor. This condition is, for many different patients, mostly benign. However, it may be a source of pain for many other patients. There are several different exercises that you might be able to perform to mitigate the condition of flat feet. By performing certain foot exercises, it is possible to correct sunken arches. First, someone could consider performing heel stretches. This exercise consists of standing in a lunge-like position and slowly leaning or bending into the stretch several times on each side. A person might even consider rolling a golf ball or tennis ball underneath their feet while in a seated position. Contact a podiatrist today for more information about how performing certain exercises might help you correct flat feet.


 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Douglas Mckay from New Jersey . 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 one of our offices located in Caldwell, and Galloway, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle 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.

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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.

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