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By Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
January 11, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Injury   Ankle Injury  

When you injure your foot or ankle, it’s important that you get the very best medical care.

Our feet and ankles are probably one of the hardest working parts of our body. Without your feet and ankles, you wouldn’t be able to do much, so if you’re dealing with injuries, our Pennsauken and Turnersville, NJ, podiatrists are always here to provide you with care when you need it most.

What are the most common types of foot and ankle injuries?

We see a lot of foot and ankle injuries here at our Turnersville and Pennsauken, NJ, practice, but we also see some injuries more than others. The most common types of foot and ankle injuries include,

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Neuromas
  • Heel spurs
  • Bunions
  • Ankle sprains

How are foot and ankle injuries treated?

Mild injuries can often be treated with at-home care and conservative treatment options including the RICE method: rest, ice, compression and elevation. Over-the-counter painkillers can also ease minor swelling and pain; however, moderate to more severe injuries do require a proper diagnosis and treatment from a foot and ankle specialist. More advanced injuries may require,

  • Prescription pain relievers
  • Cortisone injections
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • A protective boot, brace or cast
  • Crutches
  • Surgery (only in rare and more severe injuries)

When should you turn to a podiatrist?

Don’t ignore your injury or downplay it. You must seek care from a podiatrist if,

  • You suspect you’ve sprained your ankle
  • You heard a popping or cracking sound at the moment of impact or injury
  • You can’t bear weight on the foot or ankle
  • You can’t bend or move the foot
  • There is a visible deformity of the foot or ankle
  • You notice weakness, tingling or numbness
  • Skin is hot to the touch or there are red streaks (signs of infection)

If you have questions or concerns about your foot and ankle injuries, our Turnersville and Pennsauken, NJ, podiatrists at Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists are always here to provide you with care. To schedule an appointment, call us at (856) 488-5290 or (856) 875-8855.

By Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
December 30, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Arthritis  
Arthritis and Your FeetIs the pain and stiffness you’re experiencing in your feet and ankles caused by arthritis? If arthritis is left untreated, it’s possible that your symptoms could become so severe that they could affect your quality of life. Therefore, your podiatrist may recommend seeking medical attention right away to reduce the amount of damage to the joints.

What are the signs and symptoms of arthritic feet?

Wondering if you could be dealing with arthritis in your feet? Some warning signs include,
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Joint swelling
  • Joint warmth and tenderness to the touch
  • Pain with movement
  • Increased pain and swelling after rest
How do podiatrists treat arthritis of the feet?

There are several different treatment options that we have available to handle your arthritis symptoms:

Medication: Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation and pain. While those with more minor bouts of arthritis can often find relief from these medications, some patients may need a prescription-strength pain reliever to manage more severe symptoms.
Steroid injections: A dose of corticosteroids administered directly into the joint can help greatly reduce pain and inflammation. While this can be an effective treatment option, the effects are only temporary.
Physical Therapy: There are some exercises you can perform to help increase flexibility and movement while also strengthening your foot and ankle muscles to prevent further problems. Talk to your foot doctor about the different exercises you can perform each day to help improve your foot health and reduce arthritis symptoms.
Lifestyle changes: You should minimize certain activities that could cause symptoms to worsen. This includes switching from more high-impact exercises such as running to lower-impact exercises such as swimming, which will take some of the stress and pressure off the feet and ankles. If necessary we may also advise you to lose weight, as well.
Customized orthotics: Wearing orthotics made specifically for your feet can help take pressure off certain areas of the feet and help reduce pain while moving. Talk to your podiatrist about custom-made orthotics and whether they could improve your condition.

If these conservative treatments don’t do much to help your condition, then we may need to discuss the possibility of surgery. There are different kinds of surgery that we can perform and a lot will depend on the severity and cause of your arthritis. Those with advanced forms of arthritis may have to consider a total ankle replacement.
By Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
December 16, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions

If you experience occasional heel pain after a night out dancing in heels, a long hike, or standing for hours in dressy shoes, there shouldn't be cause for concern. But if your heel pain is persistent, intense, and keeping you from comfortably going about your day, you may have plantar fasciitis, a foot condition that likely warrants treatment or change in habits.

At Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists in Pennsauken, NJ, and Turnersville, NJ, treating plantar fasciitis is among our many offered services. We can have you up and about with a combination of at-home and in-office remedies.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Heel pain comes when the plantar fascia, a thick tissue connecting the toes to the heel bone, becomes inflamed or irritated. It can be caused or exacerbated by wearing shoes without proper support, high heeled or too narrow or small footwear, standing for long periods of time, or tight calf muscles. Other potential causes include having high arches, being overweight, or exercising in a way that puts extreme pressure on the foot, like running or jumping rope.

How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?

If you are experiencing one or more of the following for an extended period of time, it's time to visit our Pennsauken, NJ, or Turnersville, NJ, office to examined for plantar fasciitis:

  • Heel swelling or stiffness
  • Pain prominent on the underside of the foot near or on the heel
  • Pain that is more intense upon waking up
  • Pain that intensifies with prolonged standing or holding on to heavy items

How can I treat my plantar fasciitis?

After examining your heel and foot, your podiatrist will make recommendations for either at home or in-office treatment or a combination. Possible treatments include:

  • Wearing supportive, properly sized shoes without a high heel
  • Using an insole or shoe insert for extra cushioning on the heel
  • Opting for exercise that puts less pressure on the heel
  • Stretching your arches frequently
  • Taking an over the counter pain reliever as needed
  • Using a foot splint while sleeping
  • Cortisone injections

Only in severe cases might surgery be needed to remove the plantar fascia.

Call Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists in Pennsauken, NJ, at 856-488-5290 or our Turnersville, NJ, office at 856-875-8855 if you are suffering from plantar fasciitis.

By Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
December 03, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics   Custom Orthotics  
Custom OrthoticsOur feet are often overworked and underappreciated. They do so much for us and yet we often take them for granted unless they start to cause us issues. Whether you’re looking for ways to prevent foot problems from happening in the first place or you’re already dealing with these issues, there are many reasons people are turning to their podiatrist for custom orthotics.

What are orthotics?

Sometimes known as arch support, custom orthotics give people the freedom to stand and move easier and more comfortably. Some people might opt for over-the-counter orthotics because of convenience; however, over-the-counter orthotics are not crafted uniquely to your feet, which often means that they won’t provide the relief you’re looking for from foot pain and other issues, and may even make problems worse. Instead, consider getting custom orthotics that are designed to correct your specific foot problems, ease symptoms, and make it easier for you to get back to your life.

Here are the types of custom orthotics that podiatrists often provide:

Rigid Orthotics

Rigid orthotics are often made from harder materials such as plastic or carbon fiber and are used to control function. They also help to control motion in the joints of the foot. They are most often used with walking shoes or dress shoes as they help with strains, aches and pains in the legs, thighs, and lower back.

Soft Orthotics

Just like the name states, soft orthotics are made out of more cushioned materials so they can act as shock absorbers, help with balance, and relieve pressure. They also cradle the soles of the foot and support everything from the heel and balls of your feet to the toes. Since soft orthotics help to absorb shock, they can be a good option for athletes and those with active lifestyles.

Semi-Rigid Orthotics

Semi-rigid orthotics can also be a great option for sports players as they provide a good balance. As the name implies, semi-rigid orthotics are made with layers of soft material that are backed by a rigid material. While this type is great for avid walkers and the like, semi-rigid orthotics are also prescribed to treat flatfoot and other foot disorders in children. If you’re planning on running a marathon this year and you’re experiencing foot pain, semi-rigid orthotics might help relieve some of the discomforts you’re feeling while training.

Are you interested in custom orthotics? If so, your podiatrist can chat more about orthotics and how they could benefit your feet based on your foot health, age, activities, and lifestyle.
By Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
November 01, 2021
Category: Foot Injury
Tags: Splinters  
SplintersGetting splinters in the feet is fairly common. Of course, some people wonder if they can simply leave a splinter in their foot and let it work itself out. Others may not know how to safely remove a splinter, which can cause more harm than good. A podiatrist can help you remove splinters from your feet, particularly in children who may be squeamish about having parents remove them.

Why Splinters Need to be Removed

Regardless of whether the splinter is wood, glass, or even a plant thorn, you must remove it from the foot as soon as possible. Why? Because these foreign objects also contain germs, which can lead to an infection if the splinter isn’t promptly and fully removed.

How to Remove a Splinter Yourself

You probably have all the tools you need at home to remove a splinter safely. Of course, it’s important to go over the basics of safe splinter removal. Here are tips for safely removing the splinter:
  • Soak the foot in warm water for a few minutes to soften the skin
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before removing the splinter
  • Once the skin has softened in the water, see if you can squeeze the splinter out by simply applying pressure to both sides (like you would a pimple)
  • If squeezing doesn’t work, you can use tweezers or a sewing needle to remove the foreign object (just make sure to disinfect these tools first with rubbing alcohol)
  • If the splinter cannot be grabbed with tweezers, use the needle to create a small opening around the splinter to make it easier to grab
  • Be gentle and careful when removing the splinter to avoid breaking it
When To See a Podiatrist

While a splinter often isn’t a big deal there will be situations in which turning to a podiatric physician will be the best option. You should turn to one if:
  • You aren’t able to remove the splinter or foreign object yourself
  • The area becomes red, tender, swollen, or contains pus (signs of infection)
  • You feel like there’s a splinter but you can’t see it
  • You have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet (do not try to remove a splinter yourself)
  • The splinter is too deep or too painful
  • Your child is too squeamish or won’t sit still so you can remove the splinter
If there is a foreign body in your foot or your child’s foot, or if there are symptoms of an infection present, it’s important that you turn to your podiatrist right away to have the splinter removed and the area properly treated.

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