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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.

By Roche Podiatry Group
September 17, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions

Have you stopped working out or doing the things you enjoy because of heel pain? Foot doctors offer effective treatment methods that Heel Painrelieve 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.