Wednesday, 10 July 2024 00:00

Heel pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life. Simple activities like walking can become incredibly uncomfortable or painful due to heel pain.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

A sprained ankle occurs when the ligaments that support the ankle stretch or tear due to sudden twisting, rolling, or turning of the foot. This injury is common in sports, walking on uneven surfaces, or missteps that put the ankle in an awkward position. Symptoms of a sprained ankle can include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. You might also hear a popping sound at the time of the injury. To determine if you have a sprain, pay attention to the severity of pain and swelling, any instability in the ankle, and whether the pain worsens with movement. Initial treatment for a sprained ankle involves rest, compression, and elevation. Avoid putting weight on the ankle and consider using crutches. Anti-inflammatory pain relievers can help manage pain and discomfort. Proper rehabilitation, including targeted stretching exercises, is essential for healing and preventing future injuries. If you think you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan.

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 one of our doctors from Favor Foot Ankle Leg & Wound Center. Our doctors 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

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.

Treatment

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

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Pediatric gout, although rare, is a form of arthritis that affects children and is characterized by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints. This condition can cause sudden and severe pain, swelling, redness, and warmth in the affected joints, most commonly the big toe. Symptoms may also include fever and limited joint movement due to intense discomfort. Risk factors for pediatric gout include genetic predisposition, obesity, and certain medications. Medical conditions that affect uric acid metabolism, such as leukemia or kidney disease, are other risk factors. Early diagnosis is essential for effective management, which typically involves medication to reduce uric acid levels and inflammation, along with lifestyle modifications like a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight. If your child has periodic, but intense, toe or foot pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose, treat, and manage gout.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our doctors from Favor Foot Ankle Leg & Wound Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Limb salvage surgery is a critical procedure used to avoid foot or toe amputation due to severe injuries, infections, or cancers. During the surgery, doctors remove the damaged or diseased parts of the foot while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. This requires advanced reconstruction techniques to keep the foot functional. Limb salvage surgery helps patients maintain physical abilities and provides significant emotional benefits to enhance the overall quality of their lives. Complex Infections, such as osteomyelitis, can destroy bone and surrounding tissue, requiring careful surgical intervention. Additionally, conditions like bone cancers, severe diabetic ulcers, and peripheral artery disease can severely impair blood flow and tissue health, making limb salvage surgery necessary to prevent amputation. If you or someone you know struggles with severe trauma, infections, bone cancers, diabetic ulcers, or poor circulation affecting your feet, it is suggested you make an appointment with a podiatrist for evaluation and treatment options.

Limb salvage can be an effective way in preventing the need for limb amputation. If you have diabetes, cancer, or any other condition that could lead to foot amputation if left unchecked, consult with one of our doctors from Favor Foot Ankle Leg & Wound Center. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Limb Salvage?

Limb salvage is the attempt of saving a limb, such as the foot from amputation. Podiatrists also try to make sure that there is enough function in the foot after the salvage that it is still usable. Diabetes is the number one cause of non-traumatic amputations in the United States. Those with diabetes experience poor blood circulation, which prevents proper healing of an ulcer. If the ulcer is left uncheck, it could become infected, which could result in the need for amputation.

However, there are other causes as well, such as cancer and traumatic injury. Links between higher mortality rates and amputation have been found. This translates into higher healthcare costs, and a reduced quality of life and mobility for amputees. Podiatrists have attempted to increase the prevalence of limb salvage in an attempt to solve these issues.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Limb salvage teams have grown in recent years that utilize a number of different treatments to save the infected limb. This includes podiatrists that specialize in wound care, rehabilitation, orthotics, and surgery. Through a combination of these methods, limb salvage has been found to be an effective treatment for infected limbs, and as an alternative to amputation. Podiatrists will first evaluate the potential for limb salvage and determine if the limb can be saved or must be amputated. 

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

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