Items filtered by date: January 2023

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

Foot Injuries While Fishing Are Possible

Those passionate about fishing love the fresh air, exercise, and excitement it brings. However, there are dangers involved in fishing, including injuries to the ankles and feet. The most common fishing injuries that can impact the lower extremities are falls, sprains, and breaks. Those who fish from a boat can sustain injuries, such as spraining an ankle or breaking a foot, from getting in and out of the boat. Rocks, mud, and getting 'sea legs' from sitting on the boat too long can all contribute to entrance and exit spills. Tips for preventing these types of falls include wearing hard-soled shoes with closed toes and using the sides, tubes, or gunnels of the boat to properly balance while getting on and off the boat. One should not try to jump from the boat because the force of jumping can push the boat away, causing a loss of balance. If you fish for sport or fun and have sustained an injury to your feet or ankles, a podiatrist can help diagnose the problem and provide treatment.

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 Steven Wells, DPM from Favor Foot Ankle Leg & Wound Center. 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 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.


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 Edison, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

There is a portion of tissue on the bottom of the foot that is called the plantar fascia. It connects the heel to the toes and is instrumental in helping the foot flex while walking, running, and completing other daily activities. An injury may cause the plantar fascia to tear, possibly resulting in plantar fasciitis. It may also occur from overuse that can happen from running or standing on uneven surfaces. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation that can cause severe pain and discomfort, and may affect the Achilles tendon in the calf. It may also be caused by wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, having an abnormal foot structure, or from weight that has been gained. Common symptoms may include foot pain after sitting or standing for a long period of time, and difficulty in climbing the steps. Additionally, the pain may be more severe after arising in the morning, as the first few steps are taken. If you have foot pain, it is strongly urged that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose plantar fasciitis, and guide you toward the correct treatment techniques.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Steven Wells, DPM from Favor Foot Ankle Leg & Wound Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.


  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

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


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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

Three Areas of Bones in Each Foot

The 26 bones that are found in each foot are grouped into three categories. The talus and the calcaneus comprise the hindfoot, which represents the heel and where the foot attaches to the leg bone. The midfoot houses five small bones that are found between the ankles and toes, and they are referred to as the cuboid, navicular, and cuneiform bones. The bones that are between the foot and the toes are in the forefoot category and have 19 bones. Any of these bones can endure an injury, and a broken foot can happen when a bone is bent abnormally or twisted from a sudden accident. A broken heel can happen from landing after jumping from an elevated height. Common symptoms that many people experience with a broken foot consist of immediate swelling, bruising, and tenderness. Additionally, in bad fractures, the bone may protrude through the skin, causing severe pain. This can make it difficult or impossible to walk. If you have broken your foot, it is strongly advised that prompt medical attention is sought from a podiatrist who can perform a correct diagnosis and offer the best treatment solution for you.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Steven Wells, DPM from Favor Foot Ankle Leg & Wound Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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Wednesday, 11 January 2023 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Orthotics for Football Players

Many individuals who are not well-versed in podiatry might not be familiar with what orthotics are. Essentially, orthotics are inserts that can be worn in shoes. Orthotics are either custom-made for an individual’s unique foot shape or are over-the-counter. The purposes of using orthotics can vary, but they primarily consist of correcting deformities and providing support to the feet. Athletes are a group of individuals that might be particularly benefited from the use of orthotics. Football players especially might stand to benefit from wearing orthotic devices. This is because football players can benefit from extra support for lateral movements, such as sprinting or running. Orthotic devices can provide football players with precisely this kind of support for lateral movements. If you are someone who engages in football and is looking for ways to protect your feet, contact a podiatrist today.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Steven Wells, DPM from Favor Foot Ankle Leg & Wound Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

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

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Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

The Shape of Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are bony hooks that can form on the heel bone. They are essentially calcium deposits that may be caused by wearing significantly ill-fitting footwear. It is possible for heel spurs to cause pain. Heel spurs have an interesting shape. They come to almost a pointy end at the tip of the heel spur. This is why the heel spur is said to resemble a kind of hook shape. The hook points towards the plantar fascia in the foot and is relatively small in size compared to the heel bone. It is suggested that an individual who has heel spurs seek medical attention from a podiatrist if the heel spur is causing significant pain or is inhibiting or preventing motion such as walking. Contact a podiatrist today and schedule an appointment if you are struggling with heel spurs. 


Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Steven Wells, DPM from Favor Foot Ankle Leg & Wound Center. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.


The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.


There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Edison, NJ . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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