Posts for tag: foot pain
ATTENTION LADIES (and all you men looking to slim down in these next few months)
Summer is coming up quick and everyone is getting back into their workout routines! Here are a few ideas for low impact cardio exercises so you don’t end up with new or worsening foot pain!
Elliptical – Get a great cardio workout while also stretching out the bottom of your foot. Take long full strides and using your arms as well will give you the most out of your elliptical workout.
Row machine – The rower is a great way to build strength and endurance without putting any strain on your lower extremity. Add resistance or go for speed and distance; either way you’ll definitely get a good sweat going!
Stationary bicycle – This one is my favorite! Adjust the seat to the perfect height to allow more or less extension of your leg depending on what your knees can handle. Usually, lining the seat height up to your hip while you are standing will give you a good idea of where to start.
Being able to do cardio without pounding down on your feet is a big advantage! All of these options have different resistances to challenge you day to day as well! Don’t forget to always stretch extensively before and after exercising to make sure your ligaments and muscles are ready to go. Make working out a consistent thing in your life and you will not regret it.
If someone said you had a neuroma
- Pain in the between the toes
- Tingling numbness in the ball of your foot
- May feel like there is a pebble in your shoe
- Swelled toes
- Pain in the ball of the foot when walked on
Factors which may contribute to the development of
- High heels – puts undue pressure on your toes
- Sports – high impact sports that a lot of running or uses tight shoes like rock climbing or ballet
- People with bunions, hammertoe, high arches or flat feet
Home treatments include:
- Wear shoes with a lot of
room the toes
- Wear shoes with lower heels
- Wear shoes with good cushioning
- Use ice to treat for pain
- Rest and massage the foot
If these don’t help, then time to see your podiatrist. Your podiatrist will examine your feet and determine the best treatment for your sure another condition is not causing your pain. Podiatrists can:
- Prescribe a better fitting shoe that doesn’t aggravate the
- Anti-inflammatory or medication like cortisone
- Padding and taping – will help alleviate pain by strengthening the affected area
- Custom made orthotics – will cushion the affected area, taking the pressure off the nerve
- Surgery – to remove the inflamed nerve
If you believe you have or are developing a or have any other concerns about the health of your feet, make an appointment with us here at Gentle Touch Footcare. Our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM and Priscilla Seshie, DPM will diagnose your feet and apply the most appropriate treatment. Our offices are located at 310 central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018. Our phone number is 973-673-3668 and our website is www.drtheall.com
There are a series of foot injuries that can develop from competing in sports and this is the time of year to be especially aware of them. With school back in session, sports like football, basketball, hockey, and field Hockey become regular parts of our and our children’s lives.
Various injuries include:
- Shin splints – an inflammation of the shin area due to pounding on a hard surface
- Turf toe – the inflammation of the big toe due to stress from artificial turf
- Sprains – undue strain on the foot or ankle
- Fractures – a breaking or cracking of the bone
- Bunions – a bump on the outside of the big toe
- Plantar fasciitis – an aggravation of the area that joins the toe bones with other foot bones
- Heel spurs – a usually painful calcium deposit on the heel
- Achilles tendonitis – the inflammation of the largest foot tendon, the Achilles tendon
It is very important to see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Your podiatrist may take an x-ray or ultrasound to locate the problem area.
Treatments may include:
- Shin splints – R.I.C.E.
rest, ice, compression, and elevation, change sports to one less physically stressful and anti-pain medications
- Turf toe – RICE, pain medication, a foot cast or boot or surgery Sprains – RICE is usually applied as rest and ice will help a lot. You may need to use crutches or some other device to help take the weight off the sprained foot or ankle
- Fractures – anti-pain medicine, cast or walking boot, RICE to allow the area to heal or surgery if the break is serious enough
changein footwear to something with more toe room, orthotics, lower heeled footwear or surgery to remove disjointed bone
- Bunion – custom made orthotics, fitting footwear, anti-pain medication – acetaminophen or ibuprofen (use only as directed) or surgery
- Plantar fasciitis – orthotics, pain medicines, steroid injections for pain, therapy or surgery
- Heel spurs – orthotics, RICE, cortisone injections, cushioned footwear or surgery
- Achilles tendonitis – RICE, pain medicines, boot or cast to keep the tendon immobile to heal or surgery
If you believe you have or are developing any of the above or have any other concerns about your feet, make an appointment with us here at Gentle Touch Footcare. Our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM and Priscilla Seshie, DPM will diagnose your feet and treat them appropriately. Our offices are located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018. Our phone number is 973-673-3668 and our website is www.drtheall.com
One of the more common ways to treat a problem with your feet is with an
Some of the conditions an can treat includes:
- Diabetes – Diabetes often makes it difficult for the patient to feel pain from blisters or infections. And can help correct this by taking the pressure off them
- Plantar Fasciitis – Can cushion the sore area of the foot
- Arthritis – Also used to cushion
- Flat feet – Can help support your feet to avoid surgery
- High arches – Can provide support for stressed arches
- Bursitis – Also used to cushion
- Back pain –
Ancan help with rolling arches which can cause back pain
- Bunions – Orthotic with a large toe area important
- – Can help to ensure hammertoe will not worsen
- Heel spurs – Painful condition which will require cushioning
To get the right size your podiatrist will have to measure your feet and watch how you walk. Orthotics should fit your feet and footwear comfortably. X-rays and an MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imagining scan - may also be needed.
Basic types of Orthotics include:
- Rigid – usually made from more solid materials such as carbon fiber or plastic to provide solid support and to correct walking patterns or gait. Best for walking shoes.
- Soft – More cushioning material to relieve pressure on sore areas of the foot
Not all conditions can be treated with just an
If you believe you have any of the conditions above and may benefit from an or have any other concerns about your feet, make an appointment with us here at Gentle Touch Footcare. Our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM and Priscilla Seshie, DPM will diagnose your feet and apply the most appropriate treatment. Our offices are located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018. Our phone number is 973-673-3668 and our website is www.drtheall.com
If you are suffering from extreme pain in your foot joints, especially your big toes or toes, you may have something called gout. What is gout? Gout is a very painful inflammatory condition that affects your joints, usually in your foot and specifically your big toe. Eating foods high in uric acid causes the acid to form into knife-like crystal which painfully imbed themselves into the soft parts of your joints. Pain is usually extreme feeling much like a pulsating broken bone.
Risk factors for gout include:
- Obesity – the heavier you are the more uric acid you develop and the harder it is for the kidneys to push out
- Poor diet – eating foods high in uric acid – organ meats, some seafood, gravy, etc.
- Age and sex – men usually have higher uric acid levels earlier from ages 30 to 50. Women can increase the levels after menopause
- Family history – can be passed down from member to member
- Medical conditions – some conditions like untreated high blood pressure and diabetes can increase your chances of getting gout
Making sure your diet is correct is crucial. You need to make sure you avoid certain types of gout producing foods.
Foods to avoid:
- Organ meats – kidneys, liver, heart, brain
- Shellfish and seafood – sardines, anchovies, mussels, crab, lobster, and shrimp
- Cauliflower – can contribute
- Mushrooms – may have higher uric acid
- Sweetbread – made with organ meats
- Alcohol – can include beer, wine and other
Treatment for gout includes:
- Better diet – avoid red meat, shellfish, other
- Drink plenty of fluids – fluids will help push out uric acid
- Avoid alcohol – reduce beer, wine and other
- Pain meds – medicine with Ibuprofen can reduce swelling and pain but can also severely damage your organs if you do not take as prescribed. See your podiatrist for medicine
- Colchicine – short term treatment
- Allopurinol – long term treatment that reduces uric acid levels
- Cherry juice – said to have anti-gout properties
If you believe you have or are developing gout or have any other concerns about the health of your feet, make an appointment with us here at Gentle Touch Footcare. Our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM and Priscilla Seshie, DPM will diagnose your feet and apply the most appropriate treatment. Our offices are located at 310 central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018. Our phone number is 973-673-3668 and our website is www.drtheall.com