When you suffer from a serious and sudden injury to your foot or ankle your automatic reaction may be to go directly to the emergency room. There are situations when this is obviously appropriate. Your hospital's emergency department is equipped to deal with all types of traumatic injuries, and they are available 24/7.
Many sudden podiatric injuries, however, while they may be excruciatingly painful and make it difficult to walk, are not truly emergent. You could be in a for a long, uncomfortable wait at the emergency room where you'll also be exposing yourself to a host of potentially contagious illnesses. An ER physician will likely stabilize your injury and tell you to follow up with a podiatrist. A better choice may be to get treated at our office by a podiatrist that specializes in the structure and function of the foot and has extensive experience evaluating and treating foot and ankle injuries.
Benefits of an Office Visit Over an ER Visit
If you're unsure whether or not to go to the emergency room for a foot or ankle injury, call us first. One of our podiatrists will talk to you on the phone and ask questions about the condition of your foot to determine if an emergency room visit is necessary. If it's decided that your best option would be getting treated in our office, you'll usually be able to get an appointment the same day. You'll receive comprehensive diagnosis and treatment with some additional advantages:
- Faster treatment in a safe and comfortable environment
- One stop service for your injury: our offices offer digital x-rays and other imaging studies on site as well as a full range of bandages, braces and other treatment materials
- Most current diagnostic and treatment technologies available because we specialize in podiatric care
- Avoid expensive emergency room charges on top of podiatrist cost
After Hours? No Problem
Even if your injury takes place when the office is closed we still recommend you call us first. We have a podiatrist on call round the clock who can assess your injury over the phone. If your injury requires attention, we can then schedule you the following morning for treatment.
When a podiatrist treats your foot or ankle injury you also get the assurance that your diagnosis and treatment is being done by an experienced professional doctor who is fully focused on podiatric medicine and trained in the most current treatment methods.
Disclaimer: Use your best judgment when assessing any injury (foot, ankle or otherwise). If you are unable to call us first for a sudden traumatic injury and are unsure which is the best route for treatment, err on the side of caution and go directly to the ER.
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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.
Toenail fungus (onychomycosis) is an infection that lives underneath the nail, in the skin of the nail bed. It is an infection of the nail caused by fungi such as dermatophytes, non-dermatophyte molds and yeasts.
Some contributing factors that can increase the risk of developing toenail fungus include: Wearing closed-toe shoes. Getting pedicures with improperly sanitized tool. Having a chronic illness, such as diabetes or HIV.
It is important to be evaluated by a podiatrist to appropriately diagnose nail changes. A piece of the nail is usually sent to a lab for evaluation of organisms for proper treatment. If the nail comes back fungal, the following options are available:
- Topical preparations in the form of a lacquer or solution applied to the nail plate. However, success is limited with this option. This option is best for a nail that is not completely affected by a fungus.
- Oral Lamisil. This is the most effective systemic therapy. This treatment is reserved for certain patients, which can be determined by your podiatrist if you are a candidate.
- Laser therapy. This usually improves effectiveness of topical preparations and can have a similar outcome to oral medication. Talk to your podiatrist for your options
Treatments will help your nail grow in healthy. Toenails, on average, require about 9-12 months for full re-growth. If you think you have a fungal infection in your nails, come get them evaluated at Gentle Touch Foot Care! Call today to make your appointment at 973-673-3668. Get your nails looking healthy again!
Joe Biden was playing with his dog, Major, last week when he slipped and fell and injured his foot. When he went to get it checked out, x-ray showed no fractures. However with the severity and location of the pain, getting further imaging was not a bad idea. His CT scan, which shows the bones in great detail, proved to show that he did in fact have stress fractures in the foot. Luckily, a simple treatment of wearing a walking boot for a few weeks will do the trick!
Stress fractures are not always visible on x-ray depending on when the injury occurred. Sometimes a fracture is only visualized in more advanced imaging such as CT scan or MRI. In order to see a stress fracture on x-ray, the bone will have had to start healing already, which takes 2-3 weeks to show up. At this point, a bone callus around the affected bone will be visible as clouded fuzzy area. However, if someone is in enough pain, getting advanced imaging to prove a stress fracture sooner will help with treatment.
Usually, stress fractures do not need surgical intervention. They require a stiff soled shoe or walking boot with weight bearing as tolerated for 6-8 weeks. In the event that a stress fracture gets worse and becomes a displaced fracture, it may then require surgical intervention to realign the bones. So, when in doubt, it is important to have your podiatrist examine any injury you endure to prevent any further complications!
Give us a call at Gentle Touch Foot Care to make an appointment!
November is National Diabetes Month. As we come to the end of the month, I think it is important to have a quick discussion regarding diabetes and the feet. Problems with the feet are very common, but diabetics have a higher likelihood of complications, especially if blood flow and sensation has been affected. A concerning complication of diabetes is limb loss. This is a real concern being that 50-70% of all non-traumatic amputations in the US are performed on diabetics. However, there are steps that can be taken to prevent this from occurring.
- Do NOT walk barefoot.
- Wear properly fitting shoes and break them in slowly to prevent blisters/sores.
- Always thoroughly dry your feet, especially between the toes.
- Do not pull loose pieces of skin off.
- Wear clean socks daily and throw them away when they get old.
- Keep toenails trimmed, but visit your podiatrist for evaluation and trimming as to avoid any problems.
- Do NOT attempt to trim/cut your corns and calluses on your own. Avoid commercial wart/corn removers as they may be dangerous with the chemicals included.
- Avoid smoking. This further constricts and negatively impacts blood flow to the feet.
- Avoid extreme heat or cold as diabetics are not as sensitive to the temperatures and this can be dangerous.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY, examine your feet daily, including between your toes. If you cannot do it yourself, have someone help you. Always call your podiatrist immediately with anything concerning, especially openings in the skin, EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO PAIN.
If you have any questions regarding diabetes or would like to make an appointment with the office for a Diabetic Foot Check, please do not hesitate to call. Call Gentle Touch Foot Care at 973-673-3668 to make your appointment today!
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