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By Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
June 08, 2021
Category: Foot Care

A podiatrist is your specialist for all things feet. From routine foot exams to foot diseases, your podiatrist is the person to call. Your Pennsauken and Turnersville, NJ, podiatrists of Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC, will tell you the signs to look out for.

Diabetes

Diabetes could cause several foot complications affecting neurovascular supply to your feet. Problems affecting blood supply can complicate the healing of foot cuts and scrapes. You could also get infected sores that progress to gangrene.

Diabetic foot care with your podiatrists in Pennsauken and Turnersville, NJ, at Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC, is essential if you have diabetes.

Ingrown Toenails

When you have ingrown toenails, you might be tempted to try to handle it yourself. Cutting your ingrown toenails yourself might only make your foot condition worse.

If you have ingrown toenails, you should see your podiatrist before infection sets in.

Ankle Joint Pain

If you're having recurrent pain in your ankle joint, you should seek medical assistance. Your ankle pain could be due to strains, sprains, arthritis, or bursitis. Your podiatrist will examine your joint and develop a therapy for your condition.

Heel Pain

Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia and is a popular cause of heel pain. Your plantar fascia extends across your foot sole.

If your podiatrist determines that your heel pain is due to plantar fasciitis, they might prescribe conservative treatments such as medication, physical therapy, Orthotic devices, and exercise.

Bunions

Bunions develop as bony projections at the side of your big toe due to misalignment of your metatarsophalangeal joint. They're pretty uncomfortable and your podiatrist could help you get some relief. They would begin with conservative treatments such as orthotic devices, comfortable shoes, cold compress, and medication.

When conservative treatments fail, your podiatrist might proceed with bunion surgery to correct your misaligned joint.

Athlete's Foot

An athlete's foot can cause the skin between your toes to become scaly and itchy. This skin condition is due to a fungal infection and your podiatrist can offer treatment with oral and topical medicines.

Want the best for your feet this year? Schedule your consultation with your Pennsauken and Turnersville, NJ, podiatrists of Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC by calling:

Pennsauken: (856) 488-5290

Turnersville: (856) 875-8855

By Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
June 03, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Thyroid Disease  
Thyroid Disease and FeetThe thyroid gland releases and regulates hormones and is responsible for everything from heart rate to peripheral nervous system functions. So, you may be surprised to discover that this same disorder that may make you feel tired and brain foggy can also cause changes in your feet. In fact, your feet may be trying to alert you that something might be wrong with your thyroid.
 
You have dry, cracked feet

While we know that there are a lot of reasons why someone might have dry, cracked feet including being on your feet all day, long-distance running or winter weather, your thyroid might also be playing a role. Many people with hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid, complain of dry, cracked skin on the soles of their feet, particularly the heels. You may also notice that you get deep, painful fissures or that your skin seems almost leathery in thickness and appearance. This could be a sign to have your thyroid checked.
 
Your feet (and hands) always seem cold

Since your thyroid is responsible for your metabolism it’s not too surprising that an underactive thyroid slows the metabolism, which in turn causes the body’s temperature to drop. This is why you notice that your feet and hands always seem to be cold to the touch. You may notice that this problem is made worse during cold weather. Some people with hypothyroidism deal with a condition known as Raynaud’s phenomenon, in which the feet and hands are so cold that they go numb and turn blue or white.
 
Your feet are swollen

Again, there are a lot of things that can lead to swollen feet; however, if you notice swelling in your feet and ankles rather regularly then you may want to have your thyroid checked. Since people with hypothyroidism are also prone to developing tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can lead to permanent nerve damage if left untreated, you must have a podiatrist you can turn to for regular care if you have been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder.
 
If you notice any changes in your feet and you’d like to take a closer look, your podiatrist will be the best specialist to turn to. Should they suspect that a thyroid disease might be at play you can also speak with a primary care doctor for blood work.
By Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
May 14, 2021
Category: Foot Care

When you struggle with foot pain, it can be debilitating and can affect your ability to live your everyday life. It’s important to be able to identify the symptoms of plantar fasciitis so that your podiatrist can recommend the proper treatments for you. Your podiatrist at Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists in Pennsauken, and Turnersville, NJ, is here to help you identify if plantar fasciitis is plaguing you and how to relieve your pain.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is commonly linked to heel and arch pain in the foot. It is usually caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia at the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis can be caused by a low arch or a very over-pronounced arch. When tension becomes too great, this puts pressure on the plantar fascia and can cause irritation and pain.

Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis are heel pain that is worst after being inactive. You may find that when you first wake up, the heel is in pain and feels tight. The same may happen after sitting in place for a long period of time. Pain may also feel worse after working out, instead of during physical activity.

Your podiatrist in Pennsauken, and Turnersville, NJ, can help you identify if your heel pain is due to plantar fasciitis or if it is another condition altogether. Your podiatrist may recommend different exercises to stretch out your foot, wearing compression socks or night splints, or custom orthotics to help relieve the pain you experience from plantar fasciitis.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today!

If you struggle with constant heel pain, you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis. Be sure to contact your podiatrist at Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists in Pennsauken, and Turnersville, NJ, today at (856) 875-8855 for the Turnersville, NJ, office and (856) 488-5290 for the Pennsauken, NJ, office.

By Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
April 26, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot  
Diabetic FeetWhen it comes to diabetes nothing is more important than living a healthy lifestyle and taking the proper medications to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Controlling your blood sugar is key to preventing health complications. Along with turning to a regular doctor and endocrinologist, it’s important that you also add a podiatrist to your team of specialists to monitor and maintain good foot health.

Why is foot health important?

People with diabetes are at a much greater risk for developing serious problems such as nerve damage, loss of sensation, ulcers, and decreased circulation. This chronic condition also increases your risk for infections. Even small cuts and minor blisters can lead to a serious infection if left untreated.

This is why it’s important that any changes to your feet, even minor ones, are addressed and treated by a podiatrist rather than trying to treat the problem yourself. By turning to a podiatrist you can prevent further complications from happening.

How do I care for diabetic feet?

There are many things that you can do every day to maintain healthy, happy feet. This is something that your podiatrist can discuss with you when you come in for a comprehensive evaluation. Even if you have your diabetes properly controlled with medication, it’s still important to have a foot doctor that you can turn to for routine care, nail trimming, and more. Some tips for keeping diabetic feet healthy and problem-free include,
  • Washing feet with warm water and soap at least once a day. Make sure that you also clean between toes. Once your feet are thoroughly clean, also dry them off completely before applying moisturizer.
  • Never go barefoot, even indoors, as this could lead to an injury. Make sure to always check your shoes before putting them on to ensure that dirt or small objects may not be inside (as this can lead to injury).
  • Wear shoes that provide the proper fit. There are shoes designed specifically for those with diabetes; however, as long as you wear shoes that provide protection, optimal support, and the ideal fit, this is all you need.
  • You should always have your feet examined by a podiatrist at least once a year to check blood flow and to make sure that there are no issues. If you have trouble trimming your nails properly, you can also turn to a podiatrist who will do it for you.
If you are living with diabetes and you don’t have a podiatrist that you turn to, you must find one that you trust. Foot problems can occur out of nowhere, and when they do, a foot doctor is going to be the specialist you’ll need to turn to right away.
By Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
March 31, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Pigeon Toes  
Pigeon ToesDo your child’s feet turn inward? If so, it’s fairly easy to tell, particularly when they walk. This condition is known as pigeon toes and it is often genetic (so if you have a family history of pigeon toes chances are more likely that your child will develop this foot problem, too).
 
How are pigeon toes diagnosed?

When you bring your child into the podiatrist’s office, the specialist will examine your child’s walk and gait. They will also observe how your child stands to see if their feet turn inwards or to look at how your child’s hips are positioned. Your podiatrist may also recommend imaging tests to look at the alignment of the bones.

While a pediatrician may be the first person to look at and diagnose your child’s pigeon toes, a pediatric podiatrist is going to be able to provide your little one with the specialized treatment and care they need.
 
How are pigeon toes treated in children?

Most parents are relieved to find out that many children grow out of mild to moderate forms of pigeon toes. While this may take a few years, this is nothing to worry about and children won’t require special treatment or care.

However, if this issue is detected in your infant, they may need to wear a cast on the feet to fix the alignment before your child begins walking. A podiatrist can also show you a series of stretches and massages that can help the bones grow into the proper alignment.

If your child’s pigeon toes are still causing them issues by 10 years old, then you may want to talk with your podiatrist about whether surgery may be necessary to correct these bone alignment issues.
While mild pigeon toes may not be a cause for concern, children with more severe cases may have trouble walking or may not be able to participate in sports. Some children may also deal with teasing due to their condition. It’s important to discuss all of these issues with your child’s podiatrist so they can help you find the right treatment option to meet your child’s needs.
 
If your child has pigeon toes, it’s best to speak with a qualified foot doctor to find out the best way to address this issue to prevent mobility issues in your growing little one. A podiatrist can easily treat pigeon toes and other foot and ankle conditions in children, teens, and adults.




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