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By Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
August 25, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  
OrthoticsA healthy body starts with healthy, happy feet. After all, your feet have to do a lot of heavy lifting, providing your body with a sturdy foundation and support to walk, run, and climb stairs. Of course, many people will deal with biomechanical problems in their feet due to flat feet, high arches, or other structural abnormalities. The good news is that something as simple as custom orthotics can provide your feet with the support they need to both prevent and manage foot and leg pain and other problems.

What are orthotics?

These specialized shoe inserts are a little different from the ones you can find at your local drugstore. Orthotics are special, custom-made shoe inserts designed and fabricated by your podiatrist to specifically fit your foot and its unique needs. There are many reasons why a podiatrist may recommend orthotics.

Sometimes orthotics are used to alleviate symptoms and improve common foot, leg, or even back problems, while other times your podiatrist may recommend them to improve the support and health of your feet to prevent problems in the first place.

Do I need orthotics?

Orthotics is just one way to treat foot and leg problems and your doctor may recommend orthotics if you are dealing with,
Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Leg, hip, or back pain
  • Bursitis
  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Diabetes
  • Hammertoes
  • Certain injuries to the foot or ankle
While orthotics are typically not the sole treatment option, your podiatrist may prescribe orthotics along with other treatment options including stretching, pain-relieving medication, ice or heat therapy, and bracing or compression.

Orthotics can help people of all ages and backgrounds, from athletic kids and adults to those who are overweight and seniors. Feet continue to change as we get older, and as aches and pains set in, custom orthotics could be what you need to help make getting around as easy as it once was.

Types of Orthotics

There are many different kinds of materials that can be used to create orthotics. The type of condition you are dealing with will most likely help your podiatrist determine which material to use.

Orthotics range from soft and flexible to hard and rigid. Those with plantar fasciitis or diabetic feet are more likely to benefit from the cushioning and additional support of soft orthotics while athletes and those who often wear dress shoes are more likely to benefit from rigid orthotics.

If you are interested in orthotics and how they could help you, talk with your podiatrist to learn more.
By Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
August 06, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: plantar fasciitis  

Pain in the heels and arches of your feet could be an indication that you have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. The condition develops when the connective plantar fascia tissues that run along the bottom of the foot become inflamed and irritated. Plantar fasciitis can cause extensive discomfort, but some treatments can provide relief. The skilled podiatrists at Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists in Turnersville and Pennsauken NJ can recommend plantar fasciitis treatment options to help you achieve relief from heel and arch pain.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Two primary signs that you have plantar fasciitis include experiencing pain in both the heels and arches of the feet. Additionally, pain in the heels or arches is often more intense first thing in the morning before you have had a chance to stretch the feet. Foot pain can also be severe after sitting for extended periods. Briefly walking around to stretch the feet can help lessen the pain.

Finally, heel pain can become progressively worse over time if plantar fasciitis is left untreated. What might seem like minor discomfort at first can turn into significant pain over a few months, which is why it is important to seek treatment. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see one of the Turnersville plantar fasciitis experts to find out if plantar fasciitis is the cause of your foot pain.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis can be caused by various factors. One common cause of the condition is overpronating when walking or running. Overpronating occurs when the feet roll inward and flatten as you take a step. As this happens, the arches become stretched out, which puts tension on the plantar fascia tissues. Persistent tension over time can cause these tissues to become inflamed and result in heel and arch pain. Other causes of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Daily stress on the feet
  • High-impact workouts
  • Standing for extended periods
  • Long-distance running
  • Extensive walking
  • Being overweight

Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

There are many approaches to treating Turnersville plantar fasciitis. In addition to temporarily limiting physical activity, other conservative treatment methods include the use of anti-inflammatory medications, applying ice to areas that are inflamed and sore, and inserting custom orthotic devices in the shoes. Additional treatment options include stretching exercises and physical therapy. Some patients benefit from the use of padding and strapping, a removable walking cast, or a night splint. More serious cases of plantar fasciitis might require Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT), which our podiatry team can explain in more detail.

It is possible to achieve relief from foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Our knowledgeable podiatry team can develop a treatment plan tailored specifically to your condition and needs. For the treatment of plantar fasciitis, call Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists in Turnersville NJ at (856) 875-8855. Appointments are also available at our office in Pennsauken NJ by calling (856) 488-5290.

By Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
July 24, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Footwear   Hammertoe  
HammertoesWhile tight, cramped shoes and those towering high heels may not immediately show you the damage that’s being done to your feet, over time you will certainly notice changes in the structure and function of your feet. Along with bunions, a common foot deformity, hammertoes are another deformity that causes the toes to bend downward at the middle joint. If the problem isn’t corrected, this simple and rather uncomfortable deformity can become severe. Here’s how to determine whether you may have hammertoes and what you can do about it now to prevent it from getting worse.

Wear Appropriate Footwear
You need to make sure that any shoes you wear properly fit your feet. While this might sound silly, many people are guilty of wearing shoes that are too narrow and put too much pressure on the toes. Look for shoes with a wide toe box that allows your feet enough room to wiggle freely. If your toes are bunched up in any of the shoes you have (particularly high heels or shoes with pointed toes) then you will want to avoid these types of shoes whenever possible.

Consider Shoe Inserts
While it’s important to find shoes that cushion and support your foot structure, sometimes people with hammertoes, bunions, and other foot problems that can cause pain can benefit from prescription shoe inserts (also known as orthotics). Orthotics can be crafted to fit the shape of your feet and also to address the issues you’re having (aka alleviating pressure on the toes when standing or walking).

Apply Protective Padding
A hammertoe causes the toe to bend down like a claw. This means that the toe’s joint is sticking out. As you may already know, this causes shoes to rub against the joint, causing a callus to develop. One way to prevent this from happening is to apply a non-medicated pad over the toe joint before putting on shoes.

Practice Pain Management
If your hammertoe starts to ache or hurt, you may want to apply ice to the area throughout the day to help alleviate pain and swelling. If the pain is intense or persistent then you may want to consider taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, which can help with both pain and swelling; however, if your symptoms are severe, you must see a podiatrist about your hammertoe.

Do I need surgery for a hammertoe?
If the hammertoe is flexible (meaning that you can straighten the toe out) then you won’t need surgery; however, if the hammertoe becomes rigid and causes pain and problems with mobility then surgery is recommended.

If you are dealing with hammertoes or other foot problems, you must have a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular and immediate care.
By Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
July 21, 2020
Category: Foot Issues

Unlike other aspects of our health, we don't often think about our feet or ankles until something happens. It's this situation that prompts people to contact a podiatrist. The staff at Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists in Turnersville and Pennsauken, NJ can help you if you are dealing with foot and ankle issues, including two of the most common reasons why people visit a podiatrist - sprained ankles and ingrown toenails - and how they're typically managed.

Ankle sprain

Spraining an ankle is one of the most frequently-occurring accidents across the country: the American Academy of Family Physicians estimates that two million ankle sprains occur each year in people of all ages and activity levels. Sprains occur when a ligament - a tough, flexible band of tissue that connects two bones - is stretched beyond its normal capacity. Mild sprains overextend the ligament; severe sprains actually create a tear in the tissue. Your Turnersville podiatrist sees many patients with ankle sprains of varying degrees, and treatment will depend on the level of injury. For many people, simply resting and applying ice while the ligament heals is enough to get them back on their feet. For others, a cast or splint, followed by physical therapy, may be necessary. Seeking professional treatment for a sprained ankle, especially if you can't put weight on it, is essential to proper healing.

Ingrown toenail

Another common foot-related problem are ingrown toenails, which are usually found on the big toe and involve the edge of the nail growing sideways into the skin next to it. Ingrown toenails are often caused by improper trimming or wearing shoes that are too short. They can be extremely painful, particularly if they become infected. This is where your Turnersville podiatrist comes in. A minor surgical procedure to remove the ingrown section of the toenail may be necessary, as well as an application of antibiotics to clear up any infection that may have developed.

Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists have two convenient northwest New Jersey locations: our Turnersville office can be reached at (856) 875-8855 and the Pennsauken office number is (856) 488-5290. Call us for an appointment today.

By Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
June 25, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  
PodiatristAre you wondering whether you should be turning to a podiatrist for care?
We don’t often think about the health of our feet until they start to cause us problems. Once foot pain, swelling and other problems set in, it is most likely a good time to visit a podiatrist to find out what’s going on. While minor pain and swelling may be alleviated through rest and home care, you should visit a podiatrist if you are dealing with:
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Chronic heel pain
  • A broken foot or ankle
  • Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
  • Severe pain
  • Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
  • A visible foot deformity
  • Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
  • An ulcer or open wound
Need to come in for an evaluation? If so, here’s what to expect when you come into our podiatrist’s office for care,
We’ll go through your medical history
It’s important to understand your current health status as well as any conditions that could cause further problems for your feet and ankles. For example, patients with diabetes are more at risk for foot-related complications; therefore, it’s important to know all the details of your medical history so we can provide you with more effective care.
We will examine your foot
Next, we will perform a thorough physical examination of the affected foot and ankle. We will look for everything from visible deformities such as bunion and hammertoes, to issues with blood flow or changes in the color of your skin. A physical exam of your feet and ankles can tell us a lot about what might be going on.
We will determine if imaging tests are needing
Sometimes a physical examination is all that’s needed to be able to determine what’s going on. This is often the case with outward problems such as ingrown toenails or fungal infections; however, problems that affect the bones, ligaments and muscles of the foot may require imaging tests such as MRIs or X-rays to make a proper diagnosis.
We will map out a treatment plan
Once we’ve determined the cause of your symptoms, we can create your individualized treatment plan. The treatment options we recommend will depend on the type and severity of your condition. Acute and minor conditions will heal with rest and proper home care while more severe or chronic conditions may require long-term maintenance, therapies and medication. This is something that our podiatrist can discuss with you at length during your appointment.
If you are looking for someone to provide you with specialized foot and ankle care then a podiatrist is the right doctor for you.

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