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.
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.
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.
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