Spooky Sounding Foot Problems

It’s Halloween and time for frightening sights like ghosts and goblins. At Gentle Touch Footcare, however, one thing we think shouldn’t be scary is taking care of your feet. Sometimes foot and ankle issues can have alarming names but are, in reality, easily treated. Below are a few that might cause you alarm when you first hear them.

Calcaneal Apophysitis—as a parent, you might be distressed if one of our podiatrists Bruce Theall, DPM or Priscilla Seshie, DPM, told you this was your child’s diagnosis. This condition, also known as Sever’s disease (which is not any better of a name because it’s not really a disease) is not uncommon in children and young teens whose bones are still developing. It refers to a spot at the back of the heel at the growth plate that is vulnerable to inflammation until the heel bone is fully formed. Excess pounding of the foot, usually the result of an overly intense sports schedule is often the culprit, which causes heel pain. Usually the condition will improve with rest from the aggravating activities and footwear modifications.

Ganglion Cyst—when you understand that “ganglion” means knot and know that this growth is benign, it takes away the scare factor. Ganglion cysts are sacs filled with jelly-like fluid that form like a knot under the skin on the top of your foot. Doctors aren’t really sure why they form but they often do not need any treatment if they are not causing pain or discomfort. Often, they will decrease or disappear on their own.

Subungual Hematoma—this condition looks as well as sounds frightening. If you have a subungual hematoma, your toenail is probably black. This is the result of blood that has pooled underneath. It’s usually caused by repetitive trauma to the toenail, such as pounding up against the front of the shoe, which is why it’s frequently seen in runners.

We want our patients not to ever fear the podiatrist. If you have foot pain or discomfort, make an appointment at our office at 310 central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018 by calling 973-673-3668.