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By Monroe Foot & Ankle Care
May 21, 2018
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The risk of severe injury and even death from falls is a major problem for older adults. In fact, falls are one of the most common causes of foot and ankle injuries in those over 65. Reducing your chances of falling is a proactive way to avoid becoming a statistic. Since many older individuals (over 60 million in the US alone) also suffer from osteoporosis (bone loss), they are much more likely to suffer a severe injury in a fall due to the weakening of the bones. 

Foot fractures and sprained ankles can be particularly difficult for older people to fully recover from, so it is important to take steps to minimize bone loss and help reduce the risk of falling in the first place. 

Some tips to help avoid falls, fractures, and other foot and ankle injuries include the following:

  • Proper foot and ankle support—Balance problems can be significantly helped with properly fitted shoes and custom orthotic inserts that will improve ankle stability.
  • Proper diet—Follow a diet that is high in calcium and vitamin D. Foods such as dairy products, kale, and broccoli are three excellent sources of calcium, and a small amount of daily sun exposure will boost levels of vitamin D. Vitamin supplements can also help.
  • Strength and flexibility exercises—Do daily exercises to strengthen the muscles, tissues and tendons surrounding your feet and ankles. Increased strength and agility helps improve balance to avoid falls and debilitating fractures.
  • Safety features—Install railings, lighting, and remove or relocate any tripping hazards, such as electrical cords, to help make your home safer.
  • Smoking cessation—Quitting smoking is essential for the optimum good health of your bones and body.
  • Limit alcohol consumption—Alcohol causes dehydration and instability that often leads to poor balance and the risk of a severe fall.

If you need help determining ways to increase the strength of your feet and ankles to avoid falls, fractures, and other foot or ankle injuries, be sure to make an appointment with your podiatrist. At Monroe Foot & AnkleDr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problemsbunions, nail fungus, arthritis, flat feet and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.

By Monroe Foot & Ankle Care
May 09, 2018
Tags: blistsers  

Having a blister form on your foot or ankle can sure take the fun out of an otherwise enjoyable physical activity. The inevitable confluence of heat, moisture, and rubbing that occurs during sports, hiking, and other activities can cause these fluid-filled bubbles to form in response to the irritation of the skin. Once a blister has formed it is best to isolate the problem and allow the area to begin to heal before engaging in any more immediate activity.

Here are some tips to help prevent blisters:

  • Hot spots—Usually one of the best ways to avoid blister formation is to be certain that any areas of the skin that are susceptible to excessive rubbing are protected. By covering the spot with tape, liquid bandage, or moleskin you can decrease the friction and avoid the blistering. If you notice an irritation developing during an activity, apply the moleskin at that time.
  • Hydration—Dehydration can cause your feet to become swollen which increases friction in your footwear causing blisters to occur. Try to remember to drink plenty of healthy fluids before, during, and after exercise to maintain your optimal body fluid balance.
  • Shoe choice—Shoes that fit poorly can also be a cause of blisters. Tight fitting shoes or those at are too loose can both lead to friction and pressure that increases the chance of blister formation. Wear a shoe that is properly fitted and appropriate for the activity to minimize blister development.

Blisters will heal better if left intact, but you can release some of the pressure on the skin by inserting a sterilized needle into the edge of the blister and squeezing out the fluid.

If your blister pops and becomes infected, you should consult with a foot care specialist for the right treatment. At Monroe Foot & Ankle, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, flat feet and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The feet of dancers must endure an enormous quantity of pressure and stress to produce all that graceful, fluid motion so it’s no surprise that they are frequently seen in the podiatrist’s office for a variety of foot and ankle problems ranging from acute injuries to toe deformities and skin conditions.

 Some of the foot and ankle problems often experienced by dancers include the following:

  • Injuries and fractures - Leaping and twirling often leads to falls and accidents causing sudden ankle sprains or acute bone fractures. Hairline fractures that can develop over time from all the continuous pounding can be particularly painful and difficult to treat. Other injuries from overuse include plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and tendonitis.
  • Blistering and other skin conditions - The unique footwear that dancers use such as ballet slippers, dance heels, and pointe shoes can cause continuous irritation, creating or exacerbating blisters, corns, and calluses on the bottoms of the feet and on the toes. Continuous care and isolation of injuries are necessary to help avoid complications such as bacterial or fungal nail infections and athlete’s foot.
  • An increase in toe deformities - Dancers are frequently performing movements that include pronounced foot and ankle rotations that can contribute to arch and heel problems. Deformed nails, bunions, and hammertoes are also a much more frequent occurrence in dancers due to the concentrated weight distribution and pressure from the tight footwear. 

In order to mitigate the inherent dangers of dancing, and to help prevent future complications, it is essential for dancers to work closely with their foot doctors to stay healthy and active. At Monroe Foot & Ankle, Dr. Elliot M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, flat feet and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.

By Monroe Foot & Ankle Care
April 26, 2018
Category: surgery

Often thought to be hereditary, bunions can become painful and debilitating over time if early treatment isn’t employed to decrease their severity. Conservative treatments for bunions include stretching, icing, wearing shoes with a wide enough toe box, and using splints, braces, and other custom orthotics.

When conservative treatments for bunions have not brought about enough relief from pain and discomfort, surgery may be the only available recourse.

Complications that can make a patient a good candidate for bunion surgery include the following:

  • Overlapping toes - If your bunion is pushing your toe so far over that it actually overlaps the adjacent toes and prevents normal activities, surgery may be required to straighten things out.
  • Chronic pain - If your bunion interferes with daily activities due to the pain and discomfort, surgery may be necessary if orthotics have not helped.
  • Joint stiffness and walking difficulties – A rigid big toe (hallux rigidus) can create considerable difficulty with just walking, stooping, and using the stairs.

The types of bunion surgery you may discuss with your foot doctor include:

  • Exostectomy - This involves partially cutting away of the bony bump on the joint.
  • Osteotomy - A series of small incisions are made in the bone of the toe to help straighten it followed by a brace, tie, or splint to keep the toe in place as it heals.
  • Arthrodesis - This procedure involves using small hardware pieces to fuse the joints together.
  • Arthroplasty resection - The seized part of the joint is removed and the ends are reshaped. Sometimes the use of an artificial joint may be warranted.

Bunion surgery (as with any surgery) is not something to be considered lightly since the recovery period can take quite a long time and will require rest and physical therapy to slowly get you back up to speed. At Monroe Foot & Ankle, Dr. Elliot M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, flat feet and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.

By Monroe Foot & Ankle Care
April 18, 2018
Category: diabetic foot care

Individuals diagnosed with diabetes need to be extremely careful to inspect their feet due to the increased risk of developing a variety of bone and joint problems. An especially severe development sometimes seen in diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy is called Charcot foot. In this condition, the major joints of the foot can completely collapse without the sufferer even being aware of the problem due to the lack of feeling in the feet caused by peripheral nerve damage. If this condition goes untreated for months, the damage to the foot can become so severe that amputation may be necessary.

Early diagnosis and treatment of Charcot foot are essential to prevent permanent, irreversible damage to the foot. 

Charcot foot treatment

Initial treatments for Charcot foot will begin with imaging studies to see the extent of the damage and will include the following:

  • Foot immobilization/rest - Removing weight from the foot is essential for proper healing to occur. Crutches or a wheelchair will be needed and a rigid boot will be prescribed to immobilize the foot while it heals.
  • Activity adjustments - All of your activities will have to be adjusted to decrease stress and pressure on the feet and ankles.
  • Supportive and corrective shoes - The healing process can take many months, and it is extremely important afterward to have custom shoes fitted with orthotic inserts to help avoid any further damage. For severe deformities, a brace may be required for stability and support.

Since the other foot will have considerably increased stress and pressure while the one with the Charcot injury is healing, regular monitoring by your foot doctor is essential. At Monroe Foot & Ankle, Dr. Elliot M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, flat feet and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.

 

 





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