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By Adult & Child Footcare
March 14, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: heel pain  

If you find yourself reaching back to grab the heel of your foot often when you sit down after a long day, you may have a heel pain issue heel painthat needs treatment from a podiatrist. That heel pain isn’t going to go away on its own—get help from a podiatrist at Adult & Child Footcare in Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ.

Heel Pain Causes and Symptoms
The cause of your heel pain could be a foot condition, like flat feet, plantar fasciitis, or Achilles tendonitis. It could also be caused by an unwanted growth on the heel bone (spur syndrome) or on the skin (calluses). Additional symptoms of heel pain may include:

- Swelling and redness.
- Sharp sensations of pain or dull aching.
- Feeling a bump or sore on the heel. 
- Limping when you walk or noticing a change in your gait.

Ask Your Podiatrist for Help
Advanced foot therapies are available at Adult & Child Footcare in Shrewsbury and Toms River. Treatments for heel pain include:

  • Custom orthotics that promote your arch, which can in turn help heal the plantar fascia ligament.
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, which uses your own blood to encourage healing in damaged tissue.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications (oral, topical, or injected).
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy to treat persistent heel pain
  • Surgery to remove heel spurs or repair the Achilles tendon.

Heel Pain Counseling
After your heel pain has finally subsided, you’ll want to take steps to prevent it from returning. Your podiatrist will counsel you on ways to reduce the chance of future heel problems. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

- Wear better shoes that fit comfortably. Avoid wearing high heels and flip-flops for long periods of time.
- Exercise and stretch your feet when you’re sitting down resting or at your desk.
- Wear an ankle brace when exercising, and use the custom orthotic devices prescribed by your foot doctor as suggested.

Relief for Your Feet
The podiatrists at Adult & Child Footcare in Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ can help you get some much-needed relief for your feet. Call today to ask Dr. William Sachs about heel pain treatment options.

By Adult & Child Footcare
January 15, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: bunions  

A bunion is a bony prominence that forms on the joint near the bottom of the big toe. Bunions can be extremely painful. Podiatrists are bunionsspecialists who provide diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, including bunions. Dr. William Sachs of Adult & Child Footcare, which has offices in Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ, offers treatments for bunions. Read on to learn about treatment options for bunions.

1. Suitable Footwear- It is recommended that you wear low-heeled or flat, comfortable shoes if you have a bunion. High-heel shoes can make bunions worse by putting excessive pressure on the toes. Shoes made from soft leather are ideal because they will relieve pressure on your bunion.

2. Padding and Taping- Padding and taping is often the first step in a treatment plan for a bunion. Your podiatrist may pad your bunion and tape your foot to keep it in a normal position. Padding and taping the bunion relieves pain and allows the patient to continue a normal, active life. Padding and taping will also prevent your bunion from getting worse.

3. Custom Orthotics- Orthotic devices are frequently used to treat various conditions of the ankle and foot. Orthotic devices can be helpful in treating bunions. Orthotic devices are molded pieces of leather, rubber, or other material that are inserted into shoes. They can help take pressure off your toes and ease your pain. You can get custom-made orthotic devices from your foot doctor.

4. Bunion Surgery- Your podiatrist may recommend surgery for your bunion if your symptoms are severe enough to warrant an operation. The type of surgery performed depends upon the severity of your bunion and your general health, age, and activity level.

Don't let a bunion knock you off your feet. Call Adult & Child Footcare at (732) 255-7070 today to schedule an appointment in Toms River, NJ. Call (732) 389-2555 to schedule an appointment in Shrewsbury, NJ. We can help you get rid of that bunion once and for all.

By Adult & Child Footcare
November 13, 2017
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Ingrown toenails  

Do you never want to hear the words "ingrown toenail" again? Dr. William Sachs, our Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ, foot doctor at Adult ingrown toenails& Child Footcare, explains what causes ingrown toenails and explains what you can do to prevent and treat them.

Why ingrown toenails occur

Ingrown toenails happen for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Tight Shoes: Any type of shoes that are very narrow or tight, including high heels, ballet slippers and soccer shoes, can increase pressure on your toenails and drive them into the skin.
  • Restrictive Socks: Tight shoes aren't the only cause of ingrown toenails. Socks that don't allow enough room for your toes to move freely can also cause the condition.
  • Toe Injuries: Any toe injury, including stubbing your toe, may increase your ingrown toenail risk.
  • Improper Nail Cutting: Do you cut your toenails in a straight line or round them? Rounding the nails make it easier for the nails to grow into the skin.
  • Curved Nails: If your nails are naturally very curvy, it may be difficult avoid ingrown toenails.
  • Toenail Fungus: Fungus doesn't just turn your toenails yellow, but may also cause them to thicken and become ingrown.

Treating ingrown toenails

In some cases, it may be possible to free an ingrown toenail at home. If the nail has only just begun to grow into the skin, try these steps:

  • Soak your foot in warm water for 15 or 20 minutes.
  • Slide dental floss or a thin piece of cotton under the nail to lift it from the skin.

If the nail doesn't move, leave it alone and make an appointment with our Toms River or Shrewsbury offices. Don't attempt to free a trapped nail yourself if you have diabetes or notice any signs of infection, such as swelling, redness or red streaks, or pus around the nail. Prompt medical treatment is needed to prevent infected toenails from worsening.

During your office visit, we will painlessly remove your ingrown nail and apply a topical antibiotic.

Concerned about an ingrown toenail? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sachs, foot doctor at Adult & Child Footcare by calling (732) 255-7070 for the Toms River, NJ, office and (732) 389-2555 for the Shrewsbury, NJ, office.

By Adult & Child Footcare
September 05, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Foot Pains  

A little foot pain is normal from time to time, but when it becomes persistent it can be a sign of an injury. There are a number of conditions foot painsthat can lead to heel and foot pain. Dr. William Sachs, your podiatrist in Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ, provides diagnosis and treatment for a range of foot and ankle problems that affect both children and adults.

Foot and Ankle Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ

There are many potential causes of your foot pain. In many cases, ill-fitting and uncomfortable shoes that lack adequate support can cause foot pain strain. Some of the most common podiatric conditions and injuries that cause foot and heel pain include:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Bone spurs
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Corns and calluses
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Low arches/flat feet
  • Hammertoe and mallet toe
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Tumors

Depending on the cause, duration and severity of your foot pain, conservative treatments like rest and supportive shoes or inserts like orthotics can be enough to relieve pain as the foot heals on its own. However, for people who also suffer from diabetes, otherwise small and insignificant foot problems like corns, calluses and ingrown toenails can increase the risk of developing potentially serious complications. People with diabetes are advised to include regular foot care as part of their health and wellness plan and to see a podiatrist at the first sign of ulcers, cuts or infection.

In order to accurately diagnose the source of your foot pain and extent of an injury, your podiatrist may recommend diagnostic imaging test like an X-ray.

Find a Podiatrist in Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ

Don't wait to find out what is causing your foot or ankle pain. For more information, contact Adult & Child Footcare by calling (732) 255-7070 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sachs in Toms River, or (732) 389-2555 in Shrewsbury.

By Adult & Child Footcare
July 11, 2017
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Sprained Ankle  

Find out if the symptoms you are experiencing could be a sprained ankle.Sprained Ankle

You were running down the field and didn’t even notice the defense coming up behind you. You went one way; your ankle went another. Before you know it you are feeling pain and discomfort as you hobble off the field. Could you be dealing with a sprained ankle? Our Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ, podiatrist, Dr. William Sachs, has some answers.

First thing’s first—are you experiencing any of these symptoms?

  • Ankle pain
  • Swelling
  • An ankle that’s tender to the touch
  • Bruising
  • Less range-of-motion in the ankle
  • Stiffness
  • The inability to bear weight on the ankle

If you said yes then it’s quite possible that you are dealing with an ankle sprain. Of course, there are many different kinds of ankle injuries that you could be dealing with that.

It’s impossible to tell through a little quick online self-research whether or not you have a sprained ankle so the best approach is to come on in to see our Shrewsbury and Toms River foot doctor, who will be able to examine your ankle and, if necessary, run imaging tests to see what’s going on.

Treating a Sprained Ankle

How you treat your ankle is important to the speed of your recovery. If you continue to exacerbate it the problem will never mend. This means staying away from any activities where you will need to put weight on the ankle. Consider bracing or wrapping the ankle to help stabilize it. If you have a more severe sprain, crutches may be necessary.

The best thing you can do is take the time to rest. The more rest you get the faster your body will heal. If you are concerned that you might have sprained your ankle or if you’ve sustained an injury then it’s time to call Adult & Child Footcare in Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ, right away to take care of the issue and get you back on your feet.

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