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heel painWearing high-heels for long hours and even simply standing for hours without rest are habits that can place stress on the feet and cause plantar fasciitis. Presenting as heel pain, plantar faciitis is an inflammation of the tissue that runs from the heel to the toes. UN Oriental Medical Clinic physician Lee Sung-hun believes this condition is easily preventable through simple changes in behavior.

The National Health Insurance Service published statistics showing that plantar fasciitis is more common in females than males. More specifically, women in their 30s to 50s are the most prevalently affected.Heavy physical activity, weight gain, and hormonal changes are common contributors. Sung-hun states that in Oriental medicine, acupuncture, bee venom, and moxibustion are used to treat plantar fasciitis, but suggests supportive footwear and stretching the Achilles heel and calf muscles as helpful alternatives.

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition and requires medical attention. If you experience discomfort when applying weight to the heel, see a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will provide quality care for all of your foot and ankle related concerns.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

To learn more about plantar fascia please follow our link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Paramus, NJ and Paterson, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Plantar Fasciitis.


Volleyball Tournament 2014Iowa State University’s women’s volleyball team had their Spring debut last week, and even though one of their most competent players was recovering from a painful injury, they were still able to secure victories in all three matches.

Ciara Capezio, a sophomore and previous All-Big 12 player, had recently had surgery to correct a case of Morton’s Neuroma in her feet. Her coaches weren’t sure how she’d perform, but she played well and assisted ISU in their sweep. “Our offense — when we were in-system, when the ball was to center — was really, really good,” said Christy Johnson-Lynch, the team’s head coach.

Morton’s Neuroma is a painful nerve condition that can sometimes be hard to recognize. If you are dealing with foot pain and think it might be Morton’s Neuroma, see podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz, DPM. Dr. Slomowitz will diagnose your condition and provide you with comprehensive treatment recommendations.

Morton’s Neuroma

Also called Intermetatarsal Neuroma or Plantar Neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves of the feet, which targets the toe between the third and fourth toe. Neuroma is a growth that can occur in various areas of the body. Morton’s Neuroma causes the nerves around the feet to become enlarged causing pain in the feet.

Morton’s Neuroma can be caused by injury or pressure, many times no visible signs will indicate that you may have this. Instead, a tingling sensation along with pain will be present.  If this condition is left untreated, pain is likely to continue and worsen.

Foot pain should be treated immediately. Paying close attention to your feet will less likely mean that you will have to undergo surgery.

How Does It Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- High impact exercise
- Sustaining injuries
- Walking incorrectly (bunions, flat-feet)

Treatment for the affected feet can help tremendously. A podiatrist will help identify the issue and prompt the patient to a treatment plan. In many cases the doctor will recommend the following: 

- Apply padding to the arch
- Ice packs on the affected area to reduce swelling
- Reduce strenuous activities
- Provide wider shoes

Surgery will be a last option if the podiatrist decides nothing else seems to working.

If you have any questions, please contact our office which is located in Paramus and Paterson, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle problems.

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By gary@hurtheel.com
April 15, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Heel Pain Could Be Mitigated by OrthoticsPlantar fasciitis is a fairly common heel condition that can cause the foot to become painful and inflamed. However, those who suffer from plantar fasciitis may find relief in the use of foot orthotics, which can improve one’s biomechanics and limit the pressure being placed on the afflicted area. They also reduce the force of impact on the feet when walking, which can help stop the condition from being aggravated further.

If one’s condition is extreme or a unique kind of deformity, then custom orthotics may be in order. They can be designed to provide more arch support, fix pronation, and more. Anyone who has plantar fasciitis should discuss their options with a doctor before deciding to try orthotics.

Orthotics can be part of the recovery process for a variety of foot and ankle injuries. If you have any questions about orthotics, consult with podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz, DPM. Dr. Slomowitz can teach you about the benefits of this kind of treatment and advise you about when it would be a viable option.

What are Ankle Foot Orthotics?

Orthotics are physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics are known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.

Why might you need orthotics?

Orthotics are often prescribed when someone is suffering from diseases that affect the musculature, like polio and multiple sclerosis. However, more common conditions like arthritis and stroke, or those that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.

Modern orthotics have improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics are made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support. Often the orthosis is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.

For more information about Ankle Foot Orthotics, please follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office which is located in Paramus and Paterson, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle problems.

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Plantar FasciitisAt first, Colorado fitness instructor and graphic designer Tammy Moore thought her shoes were the source of her heel pain. But after a while the pain became so intense that sometimes it was difficult for her to even stand up.

She decided to visit a doctor, who identified her condition as plantar fasciitis.  

Moore spent upward of $1000 on physical therapy, new shoes, and insoles. She found that stretching her feet regularly did a lot to make her heel feel better. It ended up being more than a year before her plantar fasciitis fully subsided. “At the first signs, if you think you have it, start (treatments),” she said. “If I felt it coming back, I think I’d do all these things.”

Plantar fasciitis is very painful, but can usually be treated with a wide variety of options. For help with your heel pain, call podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz, DPM. Dr. Slomowitz will let you know if you have plantar fasciitis or not and recommend an appropriate treatment.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

· Ill-fitting shoes
· Weight change
· Excessive running
· Non-supportive shoes
· Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

· Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
· Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
· Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer. For more information about Plantar Fasciitis, please follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office which is located in Paramus and Paterson, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle problems.

Read more about Plantar Fasciitis.



ingrown toenailWhite Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia demonstrated his strength and dedication to his team recently when he played a game the day after having an ingrown toenail removed.

White Sox Manager Robin Ventura had guessed that he would need at least a day to recover, but Garcia was able to throw and hit the ball without any problem. Last year Garcia had a .304 batting average and 21 RBIs, and is described by his teammates as a “monster.” “I want to be consistent and get better,’’ he said. “Put up better numbers and help my teammates.”

Ingrown toenails are deformities known for causing a lot of pain and discomfort usually around the big toe. If you think you might have an ingrown toenail, consult with a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will diagnose your condition and offer you expert guidance as you prepare to get it treated.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

- Let your toenails grow out
- Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
- Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
- Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail. You will probably have to stay off your feet for a day or so, but should be able to carry on normal activities quickly.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Paramus and Paterson, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Ingrown Toenails.




 

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