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A bunion is a common foot deformity that affects up to 37 percent of the American population, ages 18-65, according to a study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. Bunions change the way your feet look, how they feel, and how they fit into your favorite shoewear. In some cases, patients develop additional foot problems, like hammertoes and painful calluses. Learn how you can become bunion-free and save your feet with the help of Dr. Henry Slomowitz, a foot doctor serving patients in Paterson, and Paramus, New Jersey.
Living with Bunions
Bunions, also called Hallux valgus, is a foot condition that can be difficult to live with—especially when the foot becomes rigidly deformed. It is caused by a progressive shifting of the large toe toward the other toes. The joint on the side of the foot moves in the opposite direction, causing a large bony bump to form. The front of the foot begins to look triangular in shape. The toes can squeeze together and overlap, making them look tangled. Bunions are usually caused by wearing tight pointy shoes that press the toes together unnaturally. This condition is also hereditary in some patients because of the way their feet are shaped and structured.
Bunions can usually be treated conservatively if you seek help from your foot doctor when they start to form. These are some of the possible treatments:
- Protective padding placed between the toes and around the feet.
- Orthotic supports and shoes.
- Splints worn while sleeping to realign the joints.
- Joint exercises and physical therapy.
- Removal of painful calluses on the feet.
- Bunionectomy surgery in more advanced cases.
Keeping Your Feet Bunion-Free
It's important to be aware of the daily actions that caused you to develop a case of bunions in the first place. Here are some tips for keeping your feet free from bunions:
- Toss uncomfortable shoes and trade them in for footwear that's roomier around the toes.
- Wear your prescribed orthotic devices.
- Keep the feet and joints flexible with daily foot exercises.
Getting Your Feet Back to Normal
See your foot doctor to learn the ways that your bunions can be treated, and how you can get relief from physical and aesthetic discomfort. Call (973) 684-1011 or (201) 599-9255 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Henry Slomowitz at his office in Paterson or Paramus, NJ (also serving Ridgewood, NJ patients).
Hammertoes are caused by toes bending inward at the middle joint, causing a bone deformity that looks like a hammer. Hammertoes typically involve a second, third, or fourth toe. Once the middle joint is bent, the toe becomes unable to straighten out, causing the permanent bone deformity. The good news is, hammertoes can be prevented and treated.
Dr. Henry Slomowitz wants to share the facts about hammertoes. He has two convenient office locations in Paterson, and Paramus, New Jersey, serving residents of Ridgewood and Hackensack areas.
One of the main causes of hammertoes is wearing tight, narrow shoes that crowd and crush toes, causing toes to bend inward and the toe joint to thrust outward. Muscle or tendon problems in feet can also cause hammertoes.
A hammertoe has a uniquely hammer-like shape and can lead to corns and calluses forming at the top of a toe’s middle joint. The corns and calluses form due to the continual rubbing of toes against the inside of shoes. Hammertoes can lead to difficulty walking, foot pain, and problems wearing shoes.
There are several tips you can try to prevent and treat hammertoes including:
- Wearing comfortable shoes with adequate toe room
- Exercising and stretching toes and feet
- Taking anti-inflammatory medication to prevent swelling
- Wearing cushions or pads inside shoes
Hammertoes are best treated by a skilled podiatrist. Dr. Slomowitz may suggest several effective options to treat hammertoes including:
- Toe splints to correctly realign the toe joint
- Custom-fit orthotics to correct a muscle or tendon imbalance
- Corticosteroid injections to decrease inflammation, swelling, and pain
- For severe cases of hammertoe, surgery may be indicated to eliminate the deformity and promote correct toe alignment.
Hammertoe can affect the ability to walk and wear shoes. The good news is there is help and relief from hammertoes. Just pick up the phone and call Dr. Henry Slomowitz, with offices in Paterson, and Paramus, New Jersey, serving residents of Ridgewood and Hackensack areas. Call today!
Being vigilant about an elderly loved ones' foot care as they age may seem tedious, especially if they have other health-related issues that require regular monitoring and doctor's visits. However, your foot doctor in Paterson and Paramus, NJ, and serving Ridgewood, Dr. Henry Slomowitz, has offered some simple tips to help you maintain good foot health and avoid potentially serious complications as you or a loved one gets older.
Why is geriatric foot health important?
A natural part of the aging process includes a decrease in the way our blood circulates through the body. Since the feet are the furthest appendages from the heart, they are the last to receive a fresh supply of oxygenated blood each time the heart pumps. This change in blood flow may seem negligible, but as your Ridgewood, Paterson, and Paramus foot doctor will tell you, it can affect many aspects of your foot health, including nail growth and nerve sensation. When you pair this with being less active, minor foot issues like blisters or toenail fungus can become painful, and difficult to treat, especially if an infection is ignored for too long. This is of particular concern for those patients who are diabetic, a condition which affects many elderly people.
What can be done to care for the feet as we age?
Podiatrists can narrow geriatric foot care down to one word: diligence. Taking time to clean the feet each day, as well as inspect them for injuries or unusual changes, can make a huge difference. After bathing, the feet should be carefully dried to prevent fungal growth, and then thoroughly checked for any potential problems. Mirrors can be used to assist with viewing the areas on the soles of the foot or between the toes. Wearing shoes at all times, even indoors, is also important for the prevention of injuries. Any problems, no matter how slight, should be reported to Dr. Slomowitz at once.
To make an appointment for yourself or an elderly loved one to learn more about foot care, contact the office of Dr. Slomowitz in Paterson and Paramus, NJ, and serving Ridgewood today.
Athlete’s foot, a condition that can cause offensive odor, is not a condition that you have to tolerate and try to ignore—it can be cured with basic treatments at a foot doctor’s office. Dr. Henry Slomowitz can make your athlete’s foot symptoms disappear at his Paterson or Paramus, NJ office—also serving patients in Ridgewood, NJ.
What Causes Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is caused by a buildup of fungus on the bottom of the foot and in between the toes. The fungus thrives in warm, moist conditions, which is why patients who sweat in their sneakers and socks often develop this problem. It can also come from using public showers, sharing socks and shoes, or coming in contact with another person's foot who has this condition. Athlete’s foot can be a chronic problem if you keep repeating the same actions that caused it.
Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot
One symptom of athlete’s foot that is impossible to mistake is the strong, smelly odor. Another symptom is an itching sensation or pain. The fungus also causes the feet to scale and shed skin. If it’s not treated, blisters may start to form on the feet and toenail fungus can also become a problem.
Athlete’s Foot Treatments
To treat athletes foot, your Ridgewood, Paterson, or Paramus, NJ foot doctor must get the fungus under control first using prescription medication. You’ll apply the cream or powder as directed each day until symptoms are abated. To speed healing, also add antifungal powder to the shoes and socks. Change your socks often and wear sandals more to give your feet some air. Be sure to wear protective shoes in public areas and showers.
A Treatable Problem
You should know that athlete’s foot is both preventable and treatable. See a Ridgewood, Paterson, or Paramus, NJ foot doctor for advice on how to deal with this common condition. Call (973) 684-1011 or (201) 599-9255 today for an appointment with Dr. Henry Slomowitz.
Having an ankle sprain severely limits your ability to move around, exercise, and participate in sports. A foot doctor can give you the treatment you need to get back on your feet and in motion after an ankle injury. Get help with the healing process from Dr. Henry Slomowitz at his offices in Paterson and Paramus, NJ, serving Hackensack and Ridgewood.
What Causes Ankle Sprains?
An ankle sprain occurs when there is some kind of trauma to the ankle. This may be due to turning or twisting the foot out of place, falling on the ankle, or jumping and landing in an uncomfortable way. A sprain is damage to the ligaments of the ankle. Athletes and runners are prone to ankle sprains because of their high level of activity and swift movements. An ankle sprain can also happen from falling to the side while wearing high-heeled shoes. The severity of a sprain will vary depending on a number of factors, including past injuries and ankle instability.
Treating an Ankle Sprain
The symptoms of an ankle sprain, namely pain and swelling, should not be ignored—they should be treated immediately. Here are some of the ways your Hackensack (Paterson) or Paramus (Ridgewood), NJ foot doctor will treat an ankle sprain:
- Compression bandages to aid healing and support the ankle.
- Elevation of the foot and bed rest.
- Ice therapy to reduce swelling.
- Physical therapy and exercises.
- Crutches to keep pressure off the affected foot.
- Ligament surgery in extreme or recurring cases.
Ankle Sprain Prevention
After you have sprained an ankle, you should do whatever you can to avoid this happening again. Here are some tips for how to prevent future ankle sprains and injuries:
- Ask your podiatrist to show you how to wrap your foot in advance of athletic activity.
- Wear better, more supportive footwear when exercising, running, or walking.
- Ice your foot each evening when you come home from walking, running, or participating in athletics.
Take Your First Step Toward Healing
A foot doctor can help you take your first step to healing from an ankle sprain. Call (973) 684-1011 or 201-599-9255 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Henry Slomowitz in Paterson and Paramus, NJ, and serving Hackensack and Ridgewood.