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At Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists in Pennsauken and Turnersville, your podiatrist specializes in everything related to your feet and ankles. Whether you are experiencing problems walking, have skin issues, or need diabetic shoes, we can treat your issues and help you live a better life. Are you experiencing foot pain? Read on to learn how we can uncover the reasons why and make you feel better.
Why do my feet hurt?
There are a number of possibilities. At Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists in Turnersville and Pennsauken, we are experts in foot anatomy and have the skills to discover your source of foot pain and how to treat it. We use visual inspection, gait analysis (how you walk), and sophisticated imaging techniques, such as digital X-rays, CAT scans and MRIs, to see inside your feet and to discover the deformities and conditions which cause pain.
Common sources of foot pain are:
- Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue between the heel and the toes
- Bunions at the base of the big toes
- Hammertoes, a claw-like deformity of the second, third, fourth, and fifth toes
- Arthritis and bursitis
- Heel spurs, which are often associated with plantar fasciitis
- Neuromas, which are benign tumors located between the third and fourth toes
- Flat feet--either congenital or acquired through age, obesity or overuse
- Stress fractures, a common overuse injury suffered by athletes
After examining your feet, your podiatrist will put you on a care plan to resolve your pain. Surgery is not usually the first choice, as simpler interventions often work extremely well. Treatments for your foot pain can include:
- A change in footwear to something which is more supportive
- Rest, ice, and elevation
- Analgesic medications
- Shoe padding to relieve friction
- Shoe inserts, or orthotics, which are custom-made to cushion, support, and provide gait correction
- Cortisone injections to reduce inflammation
- Physical therapy and stretching exercises
- Diabetic foot wear
- Soft casts and crutches
- Corrective and supportive splints
The last thing you should do is suffer foot pain. You can have happy, functional feet with compassionate treatment from your podiatrists at Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists. For an appointment, call the office nearest you. In Turnersville, phone (856) 875-8855, and for the Pennsauken location, call (856) 488-5290.
What is a Crush Injury?
Have a foot crush injury? A crush injury occurs when pressure or force is put on a body part. A foot crush injury may cause pain, swelling, and sometimes bruising. A foot crush injury may take from a few days to a few weeks to heal. If you have a foot crush injury, you should see a podiatrist. Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle conditions and injuries. Read on to learn more about foot crush injuries.
Overview- A crush injury is an injury that occurs when a body part sustains intense pressure. Minor crush injuries can be caused by dropping a heavy object on a foot. However, major crush injuries, such as those sustained in vehicle accidents, can cause serious problems. Such an injury can cause a number of issues, including pain, swelling, bruising, bleeding, laceration, fracture, and nerve injury. A crush injury can also cause compartment syndrome, which is a dangerous condition caused by pressure buildup from swelling of tissues or internal bleeding.
Causes- The primary causes of foot crush injuries include heavy falling objects, vehicles rolling over the foot, and injuries from industrial manufacturing equipment. Crush injuries are common on farms. The most serious cases occur in agriculture where heavy machinery is used and people become trapped in them or under them. This form of injury is common after some form of trauma from a deliberate attack or following a natural disaster.
Diagnosis- A proper diagnosis is key to treating a foot crush injury. Your podiatrist can accurately assess your situation and help you make the right treatment decisions for the best possible outcome. Your doctor will start with a physical exam, with attention given to the areas of complaint. Your podiatrist may take X-rays and other forms of imaging, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT).
Treatment- Firstly, any wounds that are present will need to be cleaned and bandaged to prevent infection. Treatments for a foot crush injury may also include medication, casting, kinesiology taping, ice and heat, physical therapy, or surgery. Often more than one of these treatments are used. Crush injuries of the foot are very serious. Potentially devastating complications can occur if these injuries are underestimated or mismanaged.
A foot crush injury can affect your day-to-day activities and make your life miserable. Whether your goal is getting back to the work, the gym, hobbies, or just enjoying life, a podiatrist can help. If you want to feel better and live well, find a podiatrist near you and schedule an appointment.
Thanks to their location, foot and ankle injuries can quickly take a toll on your day-to-day life. However, with help from your podiatrist, you can get to the bottom of your injury and ensure that you get back on your feet as quickly as possible. Find out about some common foot and ankle problems that may require your foot doctor’s care with Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists in Turnersville and Pennsauken, NJ.
Common Foot and Ankle Injuries
Though an in-person meeting with your podiatrist is never a bad idea regardless of your condition, some foot and ankle injuries always require their care:
- Broken bone
- Sprained ankle
- Muscle tear
- Stress fracture
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Diagnosing Foot and Ankle Injuries
Your doctor will use the combination of physical examination and testing to get to the bottom of your injury or condition. While diagnosing a broken bone or sprain is generally straightforward, other issues may require more than a simple x-ray to diagnose. Working with your foot doctor is the best way to investigate your foot and ankle symptoms and take care of your condition.
Approaches to Treatment
Treating a foot or ankle injury depends on the type of problem, its severity, and any underlying conditions which may need to be treated alongside it. In some cases, such as a sprained ankle, at-home care is often enough to alleviate symptoms. However, broken bones or other injuries may require the help of a splint, cast, physical therapy, or other treatments. Consult with your doctor to find the best treatment plan for your injury.
For more information on foot and ankle injuries or their treatments, please contact Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists in Turnersville, NJ, and Pennsauken, NJ. Call (856) 875-8855 to schedule your appointment in Turnersville, or call (856) 488-5290 to schedule your appointment in Pennsauken today!
Also known as onychomycosis, toenail fungus can be painful, irritating and embarrassing. When you experience trauma to your nail, the nail bed is lifted, allowing fungus to invade. Without treatment, this fungus can grow and spread, particularly in dark, warm, moist environments, such as socks and shoes.
Common signs and symptoms of toenail fungus include:
Discoloring or yellowing of the nail
Thickening or crumbling of the nail
Swelling around the nail
Streaks or spots down the side of the nail
Foul-smelling debris under the nail
Pain and discomfort
Complete nail loss
Prevention is Key
Fungal infections can affect the fingernails as well as the toenails, but toenail fungus is more difficult to treat because toenails grow more slowly. Because removal of the fungus is challenging, prevention plays an important role in treatment.
Keep nails neatly trimmed.
Practice good foot hygiene, including daily washing with soap and water, drying feet and toes, carefully, and changing shoes regularly.
Always wear shoes in public areas, such as showers, locker rooms and pools.
Wear comfortable shoes that aren't too tight.
Avoid wearing nail polish for long periods, as it prevents the nail from breathing and can seal in fungus.
Treatment of Toenail Fungus
If you do develop toenail fungus, especially if the infection has become painful, visit our office. People with a chronic illness like diabetes should always see a podiatrist if they notice any changes in their nails, as it may be an indication of a more serious issue.
To eliminate the fungus, a podiatrist may remove as much of the infected nail as possible by trimming, filing or dissolving it. Oral or topical antifungal medications may also be prescribed to treat the infection. Laser treatment options are also sometimes available.
It’s only for severe, chronic infections that surgical removal of the nail might be recommended. Our office can help diagnose the cause of your toenail troubles, and make the best recommendation for treatment.