"Oh, my aching feet." We say that from time to time, but when should foot pain send you to the doctor? At Roche Podiatry Group in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ, your foot doctor, Dr. Daniel Roche, urges all his patients to pay close attention to what's happening with their feet and ankles. When pain and other symptoms persist, it's time for an examination.
What causes foot pain?
There are many causes of foot pain. Overuse from athletic training, standing at work for long periods of time or wearing ill-fitting or poorly supportive shoes are just a few examples.
However, individuals who have suffered injuries to the lower extremities, have a history of serious underlying health conditions (diabetes or peripheral artery disease) or who have congenital or acquired deformities (such as hammertoes or bunions) should pay heed to:
- Increased and persistent pain
- Changes in skin color, temperature and texture
- Noticeably thickened toenails
- Any cuts, blisters, or bruising which do not resolve
- Wounds which do not heal
- Discharge from a laceration or blister
- Pronounced and long-lasting tingling
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) says that heel pain is the most common kind of foot discomfort experienced by adults in the United States. In fact, a full 43 percent of Americans report heel pain of one degree or another each year. Plantar fasciitis and bone spurs often cause heel pain.
When you should visit your foot doctor?
Healthy adults benefit from annual foot examinations at Roche Podiatry Group in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ. Dr. Roche will assess your podiatric health in terms of circulation, musculoskeletal structure and function, skin condition, color, and neurological response. Also, he'll discuss any complaints you may have, including foot pain. Depending on your symptoms, he may order a variety of testing procedures such as:
- Digital X-rays
- Physical examination
Regarding sudden injury or foot pain which increases in severity or frequency, you should see Dr. Roche right away. First aid for foot pain from a fall, twisted ankle or other mishap includes:
- Ice (to the affected area--15 minutes on and 15 minutes off)
- Compression and support with an elastic bandage
- Elevation of the foot above the level of the heart
Shoe padding and quality foot wear work well to cushion the substantial physical forces which our feet encounter every day. If you have a painful gait issue, such as overpronation or flat feet, your foot doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescription shoe inserts to balance your bones, muscles, and ligaments and to cushion your feet as you walk or run.
Find out more
Don't suffer from pain. If you have foot pain, please contact Dr. Daniel Roche right away. He has two offices to serve the needs of his patients. In Edison, phone (908) 753-0500, or for the Woodbridge location, call (732) 636-8500.
Have you stopped working out or doing the things you enjoy because of heel pain? Foot doctors offer effective treatment methods that relieve your pain and get you back on your feet again. Edison and Woodbridge, NJ, podiatrist Dr. Daniel Roche treats heel pain and helps you care for your feet and ankles.
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain may be due to:
- Fissures: Painful cracks in your heels can develop if your skin is very dry or you wear sandals or shoes that allow your feet to slide around when you walk. Changing your footwear and using moisturizers can be helpful. It's a good idea to visit your Edison or Woodbridge podiatrist if your fissures are deep or if you have diabetes.
- Fractures: Falls, jumps and vehicular accidents are common causes of heel fractures. Call your podiatrist you have severe pain, can't put any pressure on your heel, or if pain doesn't improve after a week of rest. If you have a fracture, you may notice that your heel is swollen, bruised or deformed.
- Plantar Fasciitis: An inflammation of your plantar fascia is a common cause of heel pain. The fascia, a tough band of connective tissue located on the bottom of your foot, connects your heel to your toes. You may be more likely to develop the condition if you're between 40 and 60, stand for long periods frequently, carry a little extra weight, have flat feet or high arches, or participate in a form of exercise that stresses the heels.
- Heel Spurs: Heel spurs are calcium deposits that form on the back or bottom of your heel. They frequently occur in people who have plantar fasciitis. Other risk factors include worn out or poorly fitting shoes, arthritis and gait problems.
How can a visit to the podiatrist help?
Your foot doctor can offer a variety of effective treatments, depending on the cause of your pain. Prescription orthotics, heel cups, crutches and walking boots can relieve pressure on your feet and facilitate healing. Your foot doctor may also recommend treatments that decrease pain and inflammation, such as prescription medications, corticosteroid injections or ultrasound therapy.
Are you suffering from heel pain? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Roche by calling (908) 753-0500 for the Edison, NJ, office or (732) 636-8500 for the Woodbridge, NJ office.
For people with diabetes, even minor foot problems like blisters or ingrown toenails can lead to potentially serious complications. Dr. Daniel Roche, a foot doctor in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ, advises diabetic patients to practice regular self-care and monitoring at home for signs of any problems and to schedule regular appointments for maintenance like safely trimming the toenails.
A condition known as diabetic neuropathy can increase the risk of developing serious infections and complications from otherwise common foot problems. Neuropathy (nerve damage) is common in people with diabetes and affects approximately half of all people with diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association. Poor circulation/blood flow to the feet and nerve damage make diabetics more vulnerable to ulcers and can make it harder for infections and injuries to heal.
Diabetic Footcare Tips and Recommendations
Keeping your feet clean and dry and the toenails neatly trimmed is especially important with diabetes. To avoid ingrown toenails, make sure that the toenails are cut evenly across, and avoid sharp or jagged edges. For best results, schedule an appointment with a foot doctor to make sure your nails are trimmed and cut properly. Other tips to keep your feet healthy include:
- Wash and completely dry your feet every day
- Wear clean socks and comfortable, supportive shoes that fit well
- Avoid going barefoot
- Keep the skin on your feet moisturized (but do not apply lotion between the toes)
- Avoid extremes in temperature, like walking on hot sand or dipping the feet in extremely hot or cold water
- Keep the circulation flowing to your feet by engaging in appropriate physical activity and exercises
- Avoid smoking
- Maintain healthy blood sugar levels
- Let your podiatrist know if you notice any changes or develop ulcers or blisters
For more information on how to care for your feet and lower your risk of infections and diabetes-related complications, contact Dr. Daniel Roche at Roche Podiatry Group with locations in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ. Call (908) 753-0500 to schedule your appointment at the Edison location and (732) 636-8500 to schedule your appointment at the Woodbridge location today!
Now that summer is around the corner, your toes will soon come out of their hibernation and get ready for warmer weather and the footwear that goes with it. However, you may notice symptoms of a condition you didn’t even know you had. Toenail fungus grows slowly, often over months or years. However, your doctor can provide the best treatment possible for this often stubborn condition. Find out more about toenail fungus and what to do when you think you have it with Dr. Daniel Roche at Roche Podiatry Group with locations in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ.
Where does toenail fungus come from?
Toenail fungus usually enters the toenail via tiny cuts or scrapes. Your toes’ dark, damp environment make them the perfect breeding ground for fungus to multiply and grow. The fungus itself grows in damp areas and is often picked up in places like public pools, locker rooms, or public showers. Toenail fungus often begins as a white dot on the surface of the nail which grows and causes other symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- yellowed nails
- thickened nails
- brittle nails
- hardened nails
- yellow streaks
- nails which separate from the nailed
- powdery appearance of the nail
How can I prevent toenail fungus?
Preventing toenail fungus is as easy as avoiding the areas where fungus thrives. Always wear shower shoes when walking through public locker rooms, public pools, or using public showers. Try to keep your feet dry and clean, changing your socks at least once a day and after any vigorous activity which causes perspiration. Over-the-counter medicated powders can also work toward keeping your feet dry and fight off fungus.
Toenail Fungus Treatments in Edison and Woodbridge
For more information on toenail fungus or its treatments, please contact Dr. Roche at Roche Podiatry Group. Call (908) 753-0500 to schedule your appointment at the Edison location and (732) 636-8500 to schedule your appointment at the Woodbridge location today!
How your foot doctor in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ can help with plantar fasciitis
Foot pain can be annoying and debilitating, keeping you from doing the activities you love. One of the most common causes of foot pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is caused by the thick band of tissue running across your heel, known as the plantar fascia, becoming inflamed. The inflammation causes swelling, pressure, tightness, and pain.
Fortunately, there are foot treatments to help reduce and eliminate your pain. Dr. Daniel J. Roche at Roche Podiatry Group wants to help you get back on your feet. He has two convenient office locations in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ to help you.
The inflammation of plantar fasciitis is common in runners and joggers, but other common issues can cause plantar fasciitis too. Plantar fasciitis is often caused by excessive pronation or rolling your foot when you walk. You also have a greater risk of plantar fasciitis if you:
- Are at least 40 year old
- Are overweight or obese
- Suffer from flat feet
- Wear flat, unsupportive, or worn-out shoes
So, how can you tell if you have plantar fasciitis? There are a few obvious signs and symptoms to pay attention to, including:
- Pain that gets worse after you wake up
- Pain that increases when you stand after being seated
- Stabbing, aching pain on your heel and the side of your foot
- Increasing pain when you exercise
So, how do you treat plantar fasciitis? You can try a few easy, non-invasive home remedies like these:
- Icing your heel several times each day
- Doing arch stretches every day
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications
- Remember to also try to maintain a healthy weight, and always wear supportive, comfortable shoes. Don’t go barefoot.
If your foot pain doesn’t resolve with home remedies, it’s time to visit Dr. Roche. He offers several effective professional treatments including:
- Custom-fit night splints and other orthotic devices
- Prescription strength anti-inflammatory medication
- Stretching and physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory steroid injections around your heel
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy
Plantar fasciitis can be painful, but help is just a phone call away. To find out more about the treatment of plantar fasciitis and other foot problems call Dr. Roche at Roche Podiatry Group, with offices in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ. Call today!
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