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!
Not sure if your ankle pain is caused by a sprain? Edison, NJ, and Woodbridge, NJ, podiatrist Dr. Daniel Roche explains a few signs and symptoms that can occur if you sprain your ankle.
Ankle sprain signs and symptoms
If you've sprained your ankle, you may experience:
- Ankle Pain: Pain develops after your ligament tears or stretches. The injury typically occurs if you roll your foot when landing after a jump or twist your ankle while walking or running. Walking or putting pressure on the joint can increase pain.
- Rapid swelling: Swelling begins soon after you injure your ankle, due to increased blood flow to the area. Your body's immune system responds to your injury by releasing white blood cells needed for healing.
- Bruising: A bruise may form on the skin on your ankle after a sprain.
- Popping: If the ligament tears, you may hear a popping sound at the time of your injury.
- Difficulty Moving the Joint: It may be hard to move or bend your foot or put weight on your ankle if you have a sprain.
Are all sprains the same?
Ankle sprains divided into three categories. Grade 1 sprains occur when the ligament stretches, causing mild pain and swelling. Your ligament partially tears if you have a Grade 2 sprain. In addition to pain and swelling, you may find it difficult to put any pressure on your ankle joint. Grade 3 sprains are the most severe sprains and occur when the ligament tears completely. If you have this type of sprain, your ankle will feel very unstable, and you'll experience severe pain, in addition to swelling and bruising.
How are sprains treated?
Mild sprains usually get better in a week or two if you stay off your feet as much as possible, wrap the ankle to reduce swelling, and use ice to decrease pain and inflammation. When your pain doesn't improve, or you immediately experience severe pain or an inability to put weight on your ankle, call our Edison or Woodbridge office. Failing to treat ankle sprain symptoms can lead to chronic pain or joint instability.
Walking boots and crutches help relieve pressure on your ankle, allowing it to heal. Physical therapy may also be recommended. Surgery is usually only needed if your joint has become unstable.
Don't let a sprained ankle keep you off your feet a second longer than necessary. Schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Daniel Roche by calling (908) 753-0500 for the Edison office or (732) 636-8500 for the Woodbridge office.
It’s easy to eliminate your heel pain. Find out how!
You woke up and immediately noticed that something was wrong with your foot. There is a sharp, stabbing pain in your heel that didn’t seem to be there yesterday. Of course, you are finding it difficult to move around yet you don’t want to nix your daily workout. Should you just ignore it? Our Woodbridge and Edison, NJ, podiatrist, Dr. Daniel Roche, has the answer.
Why you may be inclined to ignore your pain, we are here to tell you that you should heed the warning. After all, your body doesn’t just produce pain without a reason. Whether you are on your feet day in and day out for work or you are a serious athlete, there are many lifestyle factors that could leave you prone to heel pain.
One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the sole of the foot and supports the arches. Of course, there are other problems that could be causing your heel pain including:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Sprains or strains
- Stress fracture
- A bone spur
How will you know if you have plantar fasciitis or not? The best way to tell is by coming in so our Woodbridge and Edison foot doctor can examine your foot and make a proper diagnosis. Of course, we know that many of our patients like to do their own research before coming in. While we don’t recommend ignoring your pain in the hopes that it will go away, it is a good idea to know what to be on the lookout for if you think you might have plantar fasciitis.
The most obvious symptom is heel pain. You may also notice that the pain radiates to the arches. The pain may be more of a shooting or stabbing pain that gets worse in the morning or after standing on your feet for long periods of time. You may find that the pain goes away the more you move around during the day, but will come right back later on in the day. While plantar fasciitis can often be quelled with rest, you should come in to see us so that we can determine if your heel pain is truly the result of plantar fasciitis or something else.
If you are dealing with persistent or severe heel pain it’s time to call Roche Podiatry Group, located in Woodbridge and Edison, NJ, to help you manage your pain. Call our office today if you are suffering from heel pain that just won’t quit.
If your bunion is causing you serious foot pain, it’s time we had a talk.
Bunions are one of the most common foot deformities that many people face as they get older. You may have your genes to thank for this condition or you may have been sporting tight, high-heeled shoes for far too long. Either way, you are faced with a painful bunion and you want some answers. Our Woodbridge and Edison, NJ, podiatrist, Dr. Daniel Roche, offers up some simple tips for how to soothe your angry bunion.
Icing the Joint
When your bunion is crying out for attention, soothe it with a little bit of ice. Wrap an ice pack or frozen water bottle with a towel and then apply it to the joint anywhere from 10 minutes to a maximum of 20 minutes. Make sure to keep the foot elevated above your heart while icing, which will also reduce swelling and inflammation.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
If you are overweight or obese, you may find that your feet are achier than they should be. The additional weight can really put a lot more pressure on the bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles of the feet, making them work much harder than they should. This can also exacerbate your bunion problems. Following a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen will go a long way to helping you shed the excess weight and improve your foot health.
Pain Relievers to the Rescue
There are some situations in which your bunion might be so uncomfortable that you don’t see how you could ever put your shoes on. When this happens, it’s not a bad idea to take an ibuprofen or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory for some temporary relief. If you have more serious pain that these medications just can’t touch, our Woodbridge and Edison foot doctor will be able to prescribe a stronger painkiller.
Wear the Proper Shoes
This should go without saying but if you want to prevent your bunion from getting worse, then you should start wearing the proper footwear. Look for shoes that provide ideal cushioning, shock absorption and stability while also giving your feet enough wiggle room. Shoes should never press on the bunion or bunch up your toes. Toss out old, worn shoes that don’t provide enough support and see a specialty shoe store for help finding the right footwear to cater to you and your bunion.
Roche Podiatry Group has two convenient locations in Woodbridge and Edison, NJ, to tackle your bunion pain no matter where you live. There’s no excuse to not get the care your feet need. Call us today to schedule your consultation and find out how to nix your bunion pain.
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