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You're an active athlete--running, playing tennis, and yes, taking ballroom dance lessons. The exercise benefits your muscles and cardiovascular health, but your feet and ankles take a beating. At Adult & Child Footcare, your Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ podiatrist, Dr. William Sachs, provides the education, diagnosis and treatment you need to keep that dance and sports regimen going strong.
What causes an injury?
Most often dance and sports injuries are sudden twists of the foot and ankle, typically resulting in a lateral ankle sprain. This injury usually is self-limiting and heals well without surgery.
Other injuries come from overuse or stress. For instance, a dancer's fracture may results from repeated and awkward landing on the fifth metatarsal bone.
Plantar fasciitis is a good example, as well. For instance, when runners overpronate or roll a foot inward over and over again, the connective tissue running across the bottom of the foot stretches. This plantar fascia causes considerable pain, and sometimes, immobility or bone spurs on the heel.
Achilles tendinitis is common with athletes and dancers. The large, cord-like tendon running from the heel to the calf muscle is overstretched, can cause tremendous stiffness and discomfort.
As you can see, simple wear and tear, foot positions (as are common in dance, says the American Podiatric Medical Association) and quick, twisting movements precipitate many feet and ankle issues. Your Toms River and Shrewsbury podiatrist has seen them all, and he can help.
Prevention is best
Of course, if you experience an escalation in pain or soreness or suffer a sudden sports or dance injury, call Adult & Child Footcare right away. Dr. Sachs and his staff see patients with severe injuries right away, employing physical examination and digital X-ray imaging to diagnose the problem.
More importantly, Dr. Sachs teaches sports enthusiasts and dancers how best to avoid injury in the first place and what to do right away when the unexpected happens.
First aid for a foot or ankle injury includes:
- Compression (with an elastic bandage)
- Elevation (above your heart level)
Prevention of foot and ankle injuries include:
- Staying in good physical condition
- Sufficient warm-ups and time to stretch
- Supportive footwear
- Custom-made shoe inserts, or orthotics, for gait problems such as overpronation or continuing problems such as bunions
- No overtraining (love your sport, but don't overdo it)
Come see us
If you have any concerns about your foot and ankle health, call one of our convenient offices. Dr. Sachs and his staff are known for their accurate and kind care. They can help you feel better. In Toms River, phone (732) 255-7070. In Shrewsbury, call us at (732) 289-2555.
What is a common foot condition that causes pain and embarrassment to those that have it? Besides toenail fungus, it's probably a pesky and uncomfortable bunion, a reddened bump at the base of the big toe. Causing friction, pain, and limited mobility, a severe bunion impacts activities of daily living. For relief, see Dr. William Sachs for the most up to date treatment of these painful bunions at Adults & Child Footcare in Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ.
The details on bunions
Many factors lead to bunion development. You can easily modify one factor: it's your choice of shoes. Narrow-toed shoes with high heels place undue pressure on the toes and forefoot, causing bunions.
Additionally, simply standing on your feet for long periods of time, being overweight or having a familial pre-disposition for bunions contributes to the pain, soreness, friction, corns, and calluses typical of Hallux Valgus (the scientific name for bunions). Are you over 65? Then, your age probably contributed to your bunion.
Is surgery necessary?
Bunion surgery will correct this painful deformity. This procedure removes the bony bump and re-positions the toe in correct alignment.
Before considering surgery, there are other less invasive measures you can try. They may include:
- Shoe padding to reduce friction, redness, and soreness
- A change in footwear to shoes with more room in the toes, lower heels (no higher than 2-1/2 inches, says the American Podiatric Medical Association) and better arch support
- Splints (worn at night and usually helpful to adolescents)
- Custom-made shoe orthotics, or inserts, to improve balance and gait
- In-office removal of corns and calluses (never try this at home!)
- Physical therapy, stretching, and special exercises to improve range of motion
- Resting, icing, and elevating your foot when the bunion is sore
Don't be ashamed of your bunion. Dr. Sachs and his team are highly qualified to give you the treatment you need so you can get back to your life. Adult & Child Footcare has two convenient locations. Contact one to arrange an examination. In Toms River, call (732) 255-7070, or in Shrewsbury, phone (732) 389-2555.
Foot pain affects millions of Americans every year. Foot pain is often caused by standing for long periods, being overweight, wearing poorly fitting shoes, or playing sports. Dr. William Sachs at Adult & Child Footcare, with locations in Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ, offers treatments for foot pain. Here's how a podiatrist can help alleviate your foot pain.
#1- Orthotic Devices- Orthotic devices are often used to treat various conditions of the foot and ankle. Orthotic devices are molded piece of plastic, rubber or other material that you insert into your shoes. They correct the alignment of your feet and cushion your feet from excessive pounding. Research shows that podiatrist-prescribed orthotic devices improve function and ease foot pain.
#2- Medications- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are medicines that are used to reduce foot pain. They are often sold over-the-counter. Some common brand names are Motrin, Advil or Aleve. You can also get pain relief with targeted topical pain medications from your doctor.
#3- Cortisone Shots- Cortisone injections are often used to treat foot pain. You can get cortisone injections at your podiatrist's office. Cortisone injections offer relief for pain and inflammation that is in one part of your body. Cortisone injection will decrease your pain for about one month, but they might keep the swelling down for longer than that.
#4- Stretches- Podiatrists prescribe stretching exercises for various conditions of the foot and ankle. Research shows that stretching exercises improve function and reduce pain and swelling. You should do stretching exercises on a regular basis to keep foot pain at bay.
#5- Night Splints- A night splint, or brace, is a highly effective treatment for foot pain. Night splints are designed to hold the feet in a neutral position during sleep, thereby helping to relieve morning foot pain. You can wear a brace each night for up to six months. Then you can reduce how often you wear it as your symptoms disappear.
Whether your goal is getting back to sports, hobbies or work, or just enjoying life, our podiatrist can help. Call Adult & Child Footcare to schedule an appointment in Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ. Our treatments will ease your pain and help you get back to a happy and healthy life.
Do you never want to hear the words "ingrown toenail" again? Dr. William Sachs, our Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ, foot doctor at Adult & 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
slippersand 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.
Find out if the symptoms you are experiencing could be a 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
- An ankle that’s tender to the touch
- Less range-of-motion in the ankle
- 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.