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By Roche Podiatry Group
June 26, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Warts  

Foot WartsAlthough foot warts are not usually harmful, they can cause quite a bit of discomfort as well as spread to other areas of the body. Fortunately, if you have started developing foot warts, a podiatrist can prescribe an appropriate treatment to stop the issue before it starts negatively affecting your day-to-day life. Here at Roche Podiatry Group, Dr. Daniel Roche is your foot doctor in Edison and Woodridge, IL, for the treatment of foot warts.

Plantar Warts

There are many different types of warts, but one of the most common types of warts to develop on the feet are plantar warts. They tend to grow on the soles of the feet and are typically hard and flat with a rough surface. Plantar warts are commonly brown or gray in color with one or more black dots in the center of the wart. Plantar warts are caused by a virus that readily thrives in areas that are warm and damp. Consequently, it is best to avoid walking barefoot in such areas as locker rooms or public pools where the virus is often found.

Treatments

Although some types of warts do eventually go away on their own, it is advisable to seek treatment in order to eliminate any discomfort caused by warts and to prevent them from spreading to other areas. Professional treatment can also prevent warts from returning at a later time. Dr. Roche, your foot doctor in Edison and Woodridge, IL, offers a variety of treatment options for treating warts, including:

  • Laser cautery
  • Cryotherapy
  • Electrosurgery
  • Prescription ointments
  • Prescription medications

Wart Prevention

Several proactive measures can be taken to prevent warts from developing in the first place. As mentioned above, avoid walking barefoot on damp surfaces, especially in public places. Other measures for preventing warts include keeping the feet clean and dry, as well as changing socks daily. If warts are already present, avoid touching them to prevent the spread of warts to other areas of the body since they are often contagious.

Contact Us Today

Treatments are available for eliminating your foot warts and preventing their return. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Roche, your foot doctor, contact Roche Podiatry Group at (732) 636-8500 for the Woodridge office or at (908) 753-0500 for the office in Edison.

By Roche Podiatry Group
June 19, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: toenail fungus  

Caring for your feet becomes even more vital as summer approaches. Toenail fungus grows slowly over a long period of time and may not Fungusstart presenting symptoms until its advanced stages. However, catching toenail fungus early allows your doctor to treat it early. Find out more about toenail fungus and its treatments with Dr. Daniel Roche, a podiatrist at Roche Podiatry Group in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ.

Here are some FAQs about toenail fungus

 

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus, onychomycosis, is caused by bacteria and fungi. It is a slow-growing infection with annoying and unsightly symptoms. Symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Yellow or white toenails
  • Thickening or crumbling of your nail
  • Yellow discoloration of the nail
  • Misshapen nails
  • Nails which separate from the nail bed

 

How do people get toenail fungus?

Damp areas such as public gyms, shower stalls or swimming pools usually harbor bacteria and fungi. The other issue is that it's contagious.

Other ways to get toenail fungus is,

  • Wearing tight-fitting shoes or tight hosiery causing trauma to feet, making it easy for bacteria to enter.
  • Athletes using showers without proper footwear, like flip flops, and being injured make it easier for bacteria to enter.
  • Dry feet have a higher risk for developing toenail fungus.
  • Diabetics, who have a higher risk of contracting a toenail fungus because of a compromised immune system.

 

How do you properly care for feet?

Preventing toenail fungus is as easy as preventing contact with the fungus itself. It often grows in damp, dark areas and is passed from person to person by direct contact. Always wear shower shoes in places like public pools or locker rooms. Be sure to always keep your feet clean and dry and never share socks or towels. Those with diabetes, who sweat heavily, have conditions which cause reduced blood flow or having a minor skin condition can increase your chances of toenail fungus.

 

Treating Toenail Fungus

Treating toenail fungus will usually begin with over-the-counter antifungal lacquers or ointments. If over-the-counter treatments fail to provide results, prescription-strength versions may prove more effective. Partial or full toenail removal may become necessary in severe situations.

For more information on toenail fungus and its treatment, please contact your podiatrist Dr. Roche at Roche Podiatry Group in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ, today!

By Roche Podiatry Group
June 17, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

When it comes to foot pain, most patients complain of discomfort around the heels. The American Podiatric Medical Association confirms this by reporting that over half of foot pain cases are related to heel pain. Luckily, if you have been experiencing this condition, Dr. Daniel Roche at Roche Podiatry Group in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ, can help! Read below to learn more about the possible courses of treatment that can calm heel inflammation and put you back on your feet!

Heel Pain Hurts
Heel pain can start off as a nagging, pinching sensation around the heel before quickly escalating to full-on pain that radiates throughout the foot. In some cases, the problem causing heel pain is so advanced that your feet hurt even when you are not standing up or walking. At this stage, you should seek immediate treatment to avoid a debilitating foot condition.

The Reasons for Heel Pain
If you’re experiencing heel pain, there is a good chance that it is caused by your footwear. Poorly made shoes put undue stress on the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the feet when worn for long periods of time. A condition called plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain, and it occurs when the large ligament under the foot (the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed and sore. Calluses that form on the heels from wearing tight shoes could also be the cause for your discomfort.

How to Resolve Heel Pain
Your heel pain might be resolved with simple, conservative foot care measures. These are some of the treatment options you can explore with your Edison or Woodbridge foot doctor:

- Foot massage therapy and stretching exercises.
- Customized orthotics or comfortable orthopedic shoes.
- Padding for the heels.
- Evaluation of foot biomechanics.
- Continued application of ice and/or heat to calm inflammation and stimulate the healing of tissues.

Schedule a Foot Checkup Today!
If you’re tired of struggling with heel pain every day, have your feet checked by a foot doctor at Roche Podiatry Group today! Call (908) 753-0500 for Edison or (732) 636-8500 for Woodbridge.

By Roche Podiatry Group
December 24, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

Ingrown toenails can cause discomfort and be painful. They can even lead to the development of an infection. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, Roche Podiatry Group can help. Several options are available for treating your ingrown toenails. It is especially importantIngrown Toenail to seek treatment if an infection has developed. At Roche Podiatry Group, Dr. Daniel Roche is your Edison podiatrist for the treatment of ingrown toenails.

What are Ingrown Toenails?

Ingrown toenails tend to develop on the big toes most often, but it is possible for them to develop on any of the toes. They occur when the sides of a toenail grow too close to the skin so that the nail ends up pressing against the skin. When the nail constantly presses against the skin, redness, swelling, discomfort, and pain can all occur.

Several factors can cause a nail to grow too closely to the skin and result in an ingrown toenail. Injuries to the toes or feet are sometimes associated with the development of ingrown toenails. Fungal infections on the feet can also lead to the development of ingrown toenails. Other causes include heredity and wearing tight socks or shoes. Additionally, ingrown toenails can also develop when the nails are given rounded edges when being trimmed.

Treating Ingrown Toenails

There are steps that can be taken to prevent the development of ingrown toenails. They are best prevented by wearing loose-fitting socks and shoes, trimming the toenails straight across rather than giving them rounded edges, and keeping the feet clean and free of infection. If an ingrown toenail does develop, several options are available for treating it. An Edison podiatrist could determine which treatment method is most suitable. Treatment methods include:

  • Pain relief medications
  • Antibiotics in the case of an infection
  • Soaking the feet in warm water
  • Wearing loose-fitting footwear
  • Surgical removal of the toenail

Help is available if you have an ingrown toenail. Your Edison podiatrist, Dr. Roche, can help. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Roche, call Roche Podiatry Group at (908) 753-0500 for the Edison, NJ, office or at (732) 636-8500 for the Woodbridge, NJ, office.

By Roche Podiatry Group
November 07, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Pain  

"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
  • Swelling
  • 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:

  1. Rest
  2. Ice (to the affected area--15 minutes on and 15 minutes off)
  3. Compression and support with an elastic bandage
  4. 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.





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