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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.
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 that 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.
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 specialists 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.
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 that 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
- Plantar fasciitis
- Corns and calluses
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Low arches/flat feet
- Hammertoe and mallet toe
- Ingrown toenails
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
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.
The podiatrists at Adult & Child Footcare offer a specialized service for patients called diabetic foot care. This is a series of treatments specifically targeted for patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes—a health issue that puts them at risk for conditions like peripheral neuropathy and foot ulcers. Find out how Dr. William Sachs, a skilled Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ, podiatrist, can help you or a loved one with diabetic foot care treatments.
What Is Diabetic Foot Care?
Diabetes can cause circulation problems that makes it difficult for cuts and wounds to heal in a timely fashion. This is especially true in the legs and feet because they are so far from the center of the body. Diabetes can also affect the nerves of the body, causing nerve damage in the feet. Diabetic foot care deals with both of these concerns in patients. Here are a few common treatments:
- Regular toenail clipping
- Wound healing techniques and wound dressing
- Biomechanical molded foot orthotics
- Debridement to remove infected tissue
- Antibiotic therapy
Why Is It Important?
Diabetic foot care treatments help patients avoid the pain that is associated with unhealed wounds and nerve pain. If a wound becomes an infected abscess or ulcer, surgery may be needed to remove the bad tissue. In extreme cases where there isn’t proper and timely intervention, some patients must have seriously infected limbs removed. It’s important to have a Shrewsbury and Toms River podiatrist check the feet, toes and ankles and administer necessary foot care treatments regularly.
Tips for Avoiding Issues
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and have concerns related to your feet, here are a few important tips to implement in your daily routine:
- Have your toenails clipped regularly and properly, by your podiatrist if necessary
- Clean your feet and toes often and keep them adequately moisturized
- Manage your blood glucose levels with your primary physician
- Do not walk around barefoot—especially outdoors
- Wear orthopedic shoes that minimize foot friction or orthotics prescribed by your foot doctor
Set Up an Appointment with Your Foot Doctor
You should schedule regular visits with Dr. Sachs at his Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ, podiatrist office for diabetic foot care. It is an important part of your overall health care plan when you’re managing a diabetes diagnosis. Call Adult & Child Footcare in Toms River at (732) 255-7070 and in Shrewsbury at (732) 389-2555 today to schedule an appointment.