Common Foot Conditions and How We Can Help
Many of us will experience foot pain or ailments in our lifetime, and while uncomfortable most are highly treatable. At Adult & Child Footcare, LLC, in Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ, podiatrist, Dr. William Sachs offers treatment for bunions, ingrown toenails, warts and more. Here's how we can help:
Bunions are bony bumps found on the big toe which cause pain, swelling, and pressure. Bunions can become especially sensitive when you are wearing shoes or walking. Bunions may develop due to wearing shoes that are improperly fitting, or if you have a medical condition such as arthritis. You may also have a genetic predisposition to bunions.
At our office, we can recommend at-home or in-office treatments for bunions. Making sure to choose footwear that is not too small or narrow can help, as can icing the area or applying special cushioning pads you can find at the drugstore. If you need further help for your bunions, we may suggest surgical treatment to correct this bunion deformity. This would involve realigning the bones, ligaments and tendons in the affected toe so it can return to its normal position.
Ingrown toenails can result from ill-fitting shoes, cutting your toenails too short or you have a genetic predisposition. An ingrown toenail is caused when the nail becomes imbedded into the side of your toe, and puts it at risk for infection, swelling, redness, and intense pain.
The professionals at our office may suggest soaking the nail in warm water, using an antibiotic ointment, taking an over the counter pain reliever, and wearing suitable shoes. If you are still experiencing problems, we may opt to remove a portion of the nail, and in case of infection, prescribe an oral antibiotic.
Warts can be both unsightly and uncomfortable. They may be flat, scaly, thick or protruding and can develop from friction. At home, you can try soaking your foot, applying a salicylic acid treatment from your drugstore or lightly exfoliating the area. At our offices in Toms River or Shrewsbury, NJ, we also offer wart removal in the form of freezing, a mild acid application, or remove the warts with a laser treatment.
Whatever your foot care needs, we are here to help! Call Adult & Child Footcare, LLC in Toms River, NJ at (732) 255-7070 or in Shrewsbury, NJ, at (732) 389-2555.
Has walking become an unpleasant experience for you due to foot pain? If discomfort has been keeping you from doing the things you want to do, it's time to pay a visit to your podiatrist. Here at Adult & Child Footcare both in Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ, Dr. William Sachs diagnoses and treats conditions that can cause foot pain—read on to learn how he can help treat your podiatric issue!
Why does my foot hurt?
Sometimes it's easy to figure out why you have foot pain. If you step on a Lego during a middle-of-the-night trip to the bathroom, you probably aren't surprised if your foot is a little sore for a few days.
Other reasons for foot pain aren't so obvious. Common causes include:
- Plantar Fasciitis: This condition occurs when the fascia (i.e. the long band of connective tissue on the bottom of your foot that connects the toes to your heels) becomes inflamed. If you have plantar fasciitis, you may notice that your pain is worse first thing in the morning or after periods of inactivity. You may be more likely to develop the condition if you are obese, spend many hours on your feet, regularly run, dance often, play sports, or have flat feet, high arches, or diabetes.
- Stress Fracture: You don't have to fall or experience a traumatic event to develop a stress fracture. This common overuse injury occurs when your fatigued muscles can no longer absorb shock, and instead have to transfer the stress to your bones, causing small cracks. Pain, tenderness, and swelling in your foot may occur if you have a stress fracture.
- Bunions: The cause of your pain will be very obvious if you have a bunion. The bony bump at the base of your big toe can be very painful, particularly if you wear tight shoes. As the bunion worsens, your big toe may rest on top of your other toes, causing the formation of corns and calluses.
How can my podiatrist help me?
Here at our offices in Toms River and Shrewsbury, our podiatrist offers a variety of treatments that can ease your pain. Physical therapy, night splints, steroid injections, orthotics, and shockwave therapy can all be helpful if you have plantar fasciitis.
Whether you have a stress fracture or a general foot fracture, you may benefit from a cast, walking boot, or crutches to relieve the pressure on your foot. Although surgery usually isn't necessary, it may be helpful if your pain doesn't get better.
Bunion pain can be eased with orthotics, pain medication, steroid injections, or splinting your foot. Surgery may be indicated if conservative measures are not effective.
Give us a call
Don't let foot pain take over your life! Schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. William Sachs of Adult & Child Footcare by calling (732) 255-7070 for the Toms River office, or (732) 389-2555 for the Shrewsbury office.
Don’t let ingrown toenails cause you pain. Find out what you can do to stop them.
Ingrown toenails are a painful problem that results when the edge of a toenail grows into the skin. People with diabetes or circulation disorders must pay particular attention to changes in their feet such as ingrown toenails, as untreated problems can lead to more serious complications. Our Toms River, NJ, and Shrewsbury, NJ, podiatrist Dr. William Sachs wants to make sure that you get the care you need when an ingrown toenail occurs.
How is an ingrown toenail treated?
If your ingrown toenail is mild then at-home care may be all you need to manage your symptoms until the problem resolves itself. These treatment options include:
- Wearing roomy, properly fitted shoes that don’t put pressure on the toenail
- Soaking your feet in warm water to ease swelling and discomfort
- Placing a piece of cotton under the nail to lift it away from the skin
If an infection occurs then a foot doctor will need to examine your feet and may prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. If an ingrown toenail doesn’t respond to at-home care or returns then minor in-office surgery may be recommended to remove part of or the entire nail.
Is there a way to prevent an ingrown toenail?
There are several things you can do to protect your feet from ingrown toenails. Making sure you trim your nails properly will go a long way to reducing your risk. Nails that are curved at the edges or are too short are prone to ingrown toenails. Trim nails to align with the tips of the toes (no shorter) and make sure to trim the nails straight across. If you have trouble trimming your own nails your foot doctor can easily do it for you.
Other ways to protect your feet from ingrown toenails is to:
- Wear shoes that allow your feet room to wiggle and move around
- Wear protective footwear when running and playing sports to reduce your risk for traumatic injuries to the toes and feet that can lead to an ingrown toenail
When should I see a podiatrist about my ingrown toenail?
As we mentioned earlier, anyone dealing with diabetes or a weakened immune system should visit a foot doctor in Toms River, NJ, and Shrewsbury, NJ, right away to treat their ingrown toenail. If an ingrown toenail is left untreated it could lead to a serious infection that could cause further complications. If you experience signs of infection (e.g. swelling; throbbing; redness; discharge) it’s important that you see a doctor immediately.
If you are dealing with a serious ingrown toenail or recurring infection it’s important to find out what’s going on. Our office in Toms River, NJ, and Shrewsbury, NJ, will be able to provide you with the care you need. Call Adult & Child Footcare today. Call (732) 255-7070 to schedule an appointment in Toms River, or (732) 389-2555 to schedule your appointment in Shrewsbury.
Your podiatrist in Tom’s River, NJ, can help with bunion pain
Does your foot hurt? Do you have a large, bony bump next to your big toe? If you answered yes to these questions, you could have a bunion! Luckily, your local podiatrist can help you get relief from bunion pain. With two convenient office locations in Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ, Dr. William A. Sachs of Adult & Child Footcare offers a full range of podiatry services, including treatment for bunions. Read on to learn how he can help you and your feet feel better!
More about bunions
Women suffer most from bunion pain. In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over half of the women in this country have suffered from bunion pain at some point. This is largely because women tend to wear more shoes that are too narrow, and high heels only add to the problem by pushing the toes forward.
The end result is that the toes are crushed together, often with the big toe joint being especially pushed outward. The friction of your toe pressing against the inside of your shoe then causes chronic irritation, inflammation, and eventually, distortion of the bones in your toe.
Prevention can go a long way when it comes to bunions. Always wear shoes that have enough toe room and provide good support. It’s also important to always wear the right footwear for the activity or sport you are doing in order to properly protect your toes and feet.
You can practice a few home remedies to help with minor bunion pain, as well, including:
- Placing an ice pack on the bunion several times during the day
- Using inserts or pads inside your shoes to cushion the bunion
- Taping your foot to support the bunion while you walk
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
In the case of large, chronically painful bunions, you will require the help of your podiatrist. You will need a comprehensive examination of your feet and toes, including x-rays to determine the level of bone involvement in your bunion. After an examination, your podiatrist may recommend:
- Shaving the corns and calluses to reduce friction
- Stretching and physical therapy to increase flexibility
- Custom-fit orthotics, splints, or other devices to maintain alignment
- Surgical treatment to remove the bunion and realign your toe
Give us a call!
To find out more about bunion treatment, contact Adult & Child Footcare in Toms River or Shrewsbury, NJ! Call (732) 255-7070 to schedule an appointment in Toms River, or (732) 389-2555 to schedule your appointment in Shrewsbury.s
Though it sounds much more daunting than it is, toenail fungus can become a serious issue. Unfortunately, this condition is often stubborn and does not respond to over-the-counter treatments. Your podiatrists help is most likely needed. Learn more about toenail fungus, its symptoms, and how a podiatrist can help you with Dr. William Sachs at Adult and Child Foot Care in Toms River, NJ, and Shrewsbury, NJ.
What causes toenail fungus?
Since fungi thrive in moist, warm environments, the toes make a perfect home. The fungi usually enter through tiny scrapes or cuts in the skin, before settling under the nail. Patients who are older, sweat heavily, have a history of athlete’s foot, frequent damp public places such as a locker room or public pool, or who have certain conditions such as psoriasis or diabetes are more susceptible to toenail fungus.
Do I have toenail fungus?
Contact our Toms River, NJ, or Shrewsbury, NJ office if you experience any abnormal symptoms. The symptoms of toenail fungus begin mildly as a small white dot, but advance into more obvious signs:
A small white dot on the nail
Whitish to brownish discoloration
Debris caught under the nail
Nail detached from the nail bed
Brittle or crumbling nail
Distorted nail shape
Toenail Fungus in Toms River, NJ, and Shrewsbury, NJ.
Though there are many over-the-counter remedies for fungal infections, toenail fungus is often stubborn and hard to treat without help from your doctor. A podiatrist specializes in diagnosing and treating foot-related conditions. They can treat your toenail fungus to get rid of it once and for all. Some patients with a mild form of toenail fungus may need simple treatments, such as medicated nail lacquer or ointments. However, more advanced cases may require stronger oral medications or a procedure to remove part of or all of the nail.
For more information on toenail fungus, please contact Dr. William Sachs at Adult and Child Foot Care in Toms River, NJ, and Shrewsbury, NJ. Call (732) 255-7070 to schedule an appointment in Toms River or (732) 389-2555 to schedule your appointment in Shrewsbury today!
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