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January 2021

Monday, 25 January 2021 00:00

Is It Dry Skin or Athlete's Foot?

Both dry skin and athlete’s foot are conditions that can affect the skin of the feet. Dry skin is characterized by a rough, flaky, or scaly texture and possible cracking, itchiness, irritation or redness. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet and is characterized by red, itchy scales on the feet, a burning or stinging sensation, cracking or flaking skin, oozing blisters, and changes in the texture or color of the toenails. Because both conditions can make the skin of the feet dry, itchy, or irritated, it can sometimes be difficult to tell dry skin and athlete’s foot apart. For this reason, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist, who can determine the root of the problem and offer the appropriate treatments. 

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 Dr. Douglas Mckay from New Jersey . 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 one of our offices located in Caldwell, and Wayne, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Monday, 25 January 2021 00:00

Exercising After a Foot or Leg Injury

A foot or leg injury could upend your workout plans. Fortunately, you can still work out even with an injury, so long as you are careful in the selection of your exercises and mindful of your injury. If you have injured your foot or leg, you can still do many strength and resistance training exercises in a seated position. If you have injured only one leg, you can also still exercise the non-injured leg by doing balancing exercises and leg lifts. Once your injury has begun to heal, low impact workouts like swimming, hiking, walking, cycling, and yoga can all help your transition back into your regular exercise routine. Prior to starting any workouts following a foot or leg injury, it is suggested that you speak with your podiatrist. 

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Douglas Mckay from New Jersey . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctor to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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

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Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00

Preventing Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains occur when a ligament in the ankle is overstretched or torn, and they are often caused by the foot suddenly turning inward during walking, running, or jumping activities. Athletes, especially those involved in sports such as soccer, basketball, football, and tennis, are particularly prone to ankle sprains because these sports require pivoting motions that put the ankle at risk. There are measures that you can take to prevent ankle sprains, including running on flat surfaces, wearing protective gear while playing sports, warming up prior to exercise, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and wearing shoes that fit properly. If you have suffered an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you seek the care of 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 Wayne, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00

Preventing Gout

Gout attacks can be extremely painful and cause stabbing pains, redness, and swelling in affected joints, including the big toe joint and other joints of the feet. Following your first gout attack, you may go months or years without suffering another one, or you may begin to experience gout attacks regularly, developing chronic gout and joint damage. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to decrease the likelihood of having another gout attack. Because gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream, which then crystallizes in the joints, modifying your diet can potentially reduce the risk of gout. A healthy diet that avoids foods high in purines, such as organ meats, seafood, alcohol, and sugary foods and drinks is suggested. Other preventive measures include exercising regularly and taking gout medications. For more information about how to prevent gout, please consult with a podiatrist.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Douglas Mckay from New Jersey . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Wednesday, 13 January 2021 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

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Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00

Morton’s Neuroma 101

Morton’s neuroma occurs when the nerves in the foot become inflamed. Usually, the nerves that are affected are in the ball of the foot between the 3rd and 4th toes. Signs of Morton’s neuroma include a sharp burning sensation, a lack of feeling, or a tingling in the forefoot area. These symptoms usually show up when pressure is placed on the foot during activities such as walking, standing, running or jumping. Most commonly, Morton’s neuroma is caused by a foot deformity that causes the foot bones to squeeze the nerves. Because of this, footwear that squeezes and constricts the toes can often lead to a neuroma, and a shoe with a wide toe box is suggested for decreasing foot pain. Morton’s neuroma can be treated by a podiatrist. Treatment options that your podiatrist may recommend include orthotics, cortisone injections and, in severe cases, surgery.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Douglas Mckay of New Jersey . Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Because of the many bones in the foot, there are a variety of ways that the foot can become fractured. These can include toe fractures, metatarsal fractures (middle of the foot), sesamoid fractures, or fractures to bones at the back of the foot, like the heel bone. A fractured foot will be very painful, especially when putting weight on it, and walking will likely be difficult. In order to properly diagnose a foot fracture, a podiatrist may need to take X-rays. Once X-rays are taken and the fracture is diagnosed, your podiatrist will determine the treatment option that is best for you. Common options include splints, casts, rest, and physical therapy. Most likely, putting weight on the foot will be discouraged for a certain amount of time. If you believe that you have fractured a bone in your foot, make sure to consult with a podiatrist.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Douglas Mckay from New Jersey . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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Cracked heels are caused when the skin around your heels splits apart. This can occur for several reasons, from lack of moisture to pressure from standing on your feet all day. When the skin becomes dried out the heels lose their strength and elasticity, and they become hard, dry and flaky. If left untreated, cracks on the heels can become deeper and may even bleed. These deep cracks are known as fissures. Living in a dry climate, walking barefoot, being obese, and wearing shoes with an open back can all increase the risk of developing cracked heels. One simple step to help reduce the risk of cracked heels is to moisturize the feet daily. Drinking plenty of fresh water can also be helpful. Cracked heels can be especially dangerous if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system. It is strongly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist for more information.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. 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

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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