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Wednesday, 25 January 2023 00:00

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

The feet are complex structures, and it may be easy for several bones, muscles, and tendons to move out of alignment. The feet are responsible for balancing the body, and certain foot conditions may cause foot pain, possibly affecting the entire body. Many patients look for relief and comfort, and may find it beneficial to wear custom-made orthotics. These are insoles that are specifically designed for an individual's feet and may provide stability, correct misalignments, and reduce existing foot pain. Additionally, the benefits of wearing orthotics can include preventing injuries, improving general well-being, and enhancing athletic performance. There are different types of orthotics that can be considered. If you have foot pain, please consult with a podiatrist who can determine if orthotics are right for you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Jordan S. Steinberg, DPM from Florham Park 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 Florham Park, 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

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that typically starts between the toes. Oftentimes, this occurs in people whose feet have become sweaty while wearing tight-fitting shoes. Symptoms of athlete’s foot include a scaly rash that often causes itching, stinging, and burning. This fungal infection is contagious and can be spread from contaminated floors, towels, or clothing. Athlete’s foot can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications, but since it is an infection that frequently returns, it is better to obtain treatment from a podiatrist who has the newest medications in his or her arsenal.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Jordan S. Steinberg, DPM from Florham Park Podiatry . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Florham Park, 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

If you have ever had a case of plantar warts before, you know that they are a pernicious kind of growth that can form in response to contracting the human papillomavirus, also known as HPV. Since this foot condition can be spread through contact due to HPV, there is a possibility that warts can be spread through an infected person’s contact with bed sheets. For example, someone who struggles with plantar warts might be worried that they could spread their plantar warts to another part of their body or to their partner who sleeps in the same bed through bed sheets. For this reason, someone with a case of plantar warts might consider washing their bed sheets thoroughly and letting them properly dry to help prevent the spread of the HPV. In addition, the individual might consider protecting the infected area of their feet by wrapping it in a bandage. Doing this will prevent the wart from making direct contact with other parts of the body or other people. Contact a podiatrist today if you struggle with plantar warts. 

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Jordan S. Steinberg, DPM from Florham Park Podiatry . Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Florham Park, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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