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April 2021

Tuesday, 27 April 2021 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

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Monday, 26 April 2021 00:00

What Is Cryotherapy for Foot Warts?

Warts that pop up on the bottom of the feet are known as plantar warts. One of many potential treatments for this condition is cryotherapy, in which the wart is frozen using liquid nitrogen. During this procedure, your doctor may first trim the wart. Sometimes, a local anesthetic may be injected into the area to reduce pain. Then, the doctor applies liquid nitrogen to the wart using a probe, cotton swab, or by spraying it directly onto the wart. Most warts require one to four cryotherapy treatments, with up to three weeks between treatments, to get full results. The area usually heals within one to two weeks with minimal or no scarring. If you suffer from plantar warts, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist to discuss treatment options.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. John Branwell from Kearny, New Jersey. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Kearny, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 19 April 2021 00:00

What Can I Eat if I Have Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis that is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. When uric acid deposits in the joints, it crystallizes and causes symptoms such as pain, swelling, and inflammation. Gout frequently affects the joints of the feet, and specifically the big toe joint. This condition can sometimes be managed by modifying your diet. Foods that are high in purines, such as red meat, can cause the body to produce more uric acid. Therefore, their consumption should be limited. Instead, opt for foods that are low in purines, such as green vegetables, fruits, nuts, dairy products, and eggs. If you experience frequent gout flare ups, please consult with a podiatrist who can help treat and manage this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. John Branwell from Kearny, New Jersey. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Kearny, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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If you are afflicted with diabetes, it is beneficial to check your feet daily, regardless of whether or not they feel fine. There may be a tiny cut or scrape that has occurred, which may lead to an infection. Diabetes can also often affect the nerves. The symptoms of neuropathy, a common condition among diabetic patients can include a loss of sensation in the feet. This may cause the inability to feel changes to the feet. This is why it is helpful to perform daily foot checks. Diabetic patients should always wear shoes and socks, and this is an adequate method of protecting the feet from potential damage. When the toenails are trimmed correctly, ingrown toenails may be avoided. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you seek the professional care of a podiatrist who can help you to properly manage this condition.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. John Branwell from Kearny, New Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Kearny, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 05 April 2021 00:00

Exercises for Stiff Ankles

If your ankles feel stiff or sore, stretching them may help relieve some of your pain and discomfort. There are a variety of simple ankle stretches that you can try at home. Ankle circles are an easy exercise that can help improve your ankles’ range of motion. While sitting on a chair, place one foot on the floor and one foot on the opposite knee. Take the foot that is on your knee and slowly circle it to the left 10 times and then to the right 10 times. Repeat on the opposite foot. To learn more about the benefits of stretching the ankles and feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. John Branwell from Kearny, New Jersey. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Kearny, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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