Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Bunions, a common foot deformity, occur when the big toe joint shifts out of place, causing the toe to bend towards the other toes and a bony bump to form on the side of the foot. This misalignment often results from genetic predisposition, wearing tight or narrow shoes, or foot stress. Individuals with certain factors, such as family history, arthritis, or foot injuries, are at higher risk of developing bunions. Symptoms can range from pain and swelling to difficulty walking or wearing shoes comfortably. Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating bunions, offering a range of treatments to alleviate discomfort and prevent worsening of symptoms. Treatment options may include wearing supportive footwear, using custom orthotic inserts, toe exercises, or in severe cases, surgical correction. If you have a painful bunion, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for care.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dr. Rosa Roman of Ankle and Foot Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Sunday, 12 May 2024 00:00

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Running injuries can affect runners of all levels, from beginners to seasoned athletes. Achilles pain, characterized by discomfort and swelling at the back of the ankle or heel, is a common ailment resulting from the repetitive strain of running. Heel pain, often associated with plantar fasciitis, can feel like a sharp sensation when pressure is applied to the heel or bottom of the foot. To prevent such running injuries, it's important to take proactive measures. First and foremost, wearing the right shoes is essential, but remember, expensive doesn't always mean better. Additionally, warming up properly before a run with brisk walking or gentle jogging for five to 10 minutes can prepare muscles and reduce the risk of injury. Similarly, cooling down post-run with easy-paced jogging or walking helps muscle recovery. Last, avoid the temptation to increase running intensity or distance too rapidly. Build up your running regimen gradually by increasing distance and duration a week at a time. By utilizing these methods, runners can minimize the likelihood of common running injuries. If foot or ankle pain from running persists or worsens, it is suggested that you seek help from a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Rosa Roman of Ankle and Foot Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Diabetic neuropathy is a complication of diabetes that occurs when high blood sugar levels cause damage to nerve fibers. The nerves in the legs and feet are primarily affected. This can lead to symptoms such as numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in the affected areas. Patients typically have a difficult time feeling heat, cold, or pain. This reduced sensation increases the risk of injuries going unnoticed and becoming infected, potentially leading to severe complications. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, plays an important role in managing diabetic neuropathy by conducting regular foot examinations to monitor for potential injuries that patients may not detect themselves. They can also provide guidance on proper foot care practices, recommend suitable footwear to protect the feet, and promptly treat any foot problems, such as ulcers or infections. If you have neuropathy, it is suggested that you regularly consult a podiatrist to monitor any foot concerns. 

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Dr. Rosa Roman from Ankle and Foot Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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

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