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July 2020

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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Morton’s neuroma is a condition that affects the ball of your foot. Over time the sheath surrounding the nerve becomes irritated or inflamed and forms a thickened scar tissue. The most common site of pain is between the third and fourth toes. Pain from this condition is often described as, feeling like a pebble is in your shoe and you keep stepping on it. The pain may be sharp, or you may feel a burning sensation or numbness. People who wear high heels, run regularly, or who have other foot deformities such as hammertoe, bunions, or flat feet are at an increased risk of developing Morton’s neuroma. If you are experiencing foot pain, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist, who can diagnose and treat your problem.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Ira Silverman 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 our office located in Willingboro, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a circulatory issue in which plaque builds up along the walls of your blood vessels, causing them to narrow and reducing blood flow to your limbs. This typically results in leg pain, numbness, or weakness. PAD has become increasingly common, afflicting over 200 million adults worldwide. Left undiagnosed and untreated, PAD can progress to critical limb ischemia, a severe restriction of blood flow to the affected limb, which is associated with a high risk of amputation. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to lower your risk of developing PAD and its complications, including eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting regular check ups by your doctor. If you are experiencing pain or numbness in your legs or feet, please visit a podiatrist who can perform diagnostic testing for PAD and provide treatment options. 

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with Dr. Ira Silverman from New Jersey. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heel
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

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

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Monday, 13 July 2020 00:00

What is “Runner’s Toe?”

"Runner’s toe" is a nickname for subungual hematoma. A subungual hematoma may occur when there is a painful buildup of blood, or a “blood blister,” under the toenail. Because this injury is often caused by repetitive force to the nail, hematomas are common injuries for runners, dancers, and rock climbers. The primary symptom of a subungual hematoma is severe pain caused by pressure from the blood under the nail, and discoloration of the nail. While this condition is not considered to be serious, it can be very uncomfortable. If you are experiencing pain from a toe injury, it is important to consult with a podiatrist to manage the pain.  A podiatrist can prescribe medicine, as well as put holes in the top of the nail, known as trephining, to alleviate pain.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Dr. Ira Silverman from New Jersey. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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

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Elevated blood sugar levels may cause a condition that is known as diabetes. The feet can be affected in diabetic patients, so it is extremely important to regularly and thoroughly check the feet for cuts, wounds, or bruises. This condition can cause a loss of feeling in the feet due to damaged nerves, and foot ulcers may result from infected cuts that go unnoticed. It is beneficial to frequently trim the toenails, and perform daily foot checks. Some patients may find it difficult to see the bottom of their feet, and it may help to use a mirror. Comfort can be found when the correct shoes are worn, and this is an effective method of protecting the feet. If you have diabetes it is strongly recommended that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Ira Silverman from New Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Wednesday, 01 July 2020 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

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