The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body, located in the back of the lower leg and connecting the heel bone to the calf muscle. This tendon is crucial as it facilitates walking and running by helping to raise the heel off of the ground. While the tendon can withstand immense force, it’s also surprisingly vulnerable. Injuries to the Achilles tendon require prompt treatment.
When the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed from excessive use, tendinitis can weaken it over time and cause small tears. Athletes are at a high risk for Achilles tendon injuries, which often occur at the start of a new exercise or training program, or due to not having enough rest or recovery time.
You don’t have to be an accomplished athlete to suffer an Achilles tendon injury. People with flat feet, arthritis and other foot problems are also more susceptible to develop Achilles tendinitis due to increased demands placed on the tendon when walking.
Common symptoms of Achilles tendinitis include:
- Mild pain after running or exercising that intensifies gradually
- Localized pain along the tendon, especially after running
- Tenderness near the heel bone, with pain being worse first thing in the morning
- Stiffness and limited range of motion in the lower leg and ankle
- Swelling around the tendon
- When the disorder progresses to degeneration, the tendon may become enlarged and develop nodules in the area where the tissue is damaged
To prevent injuries to the Achilles tendon, strengthening and stretching the calf muscles through daily exercise is recommended. Alternating intense exercise with low-impact workouts and wearing proper shoes for your foot type and activity can also help reduce your risk for injury.
Any time you experience pain, tenderness or swelling along the Achilles tendon, visit us for professional diagnosis and treatment. Treatment for an injured Achilles tendon should begin right away with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Without prompt care, Achilles tendinitis will get progressively worse, thus increasing the risk for further deterioration and rupture. As a last resort, surgery may be recommended to repair the tendon.
Our office can provide the best diagnosis and treatment, for optimal recovery. If you suspect Achilles tendinitis is holding you back, call us today to schedule an appointment, and get on the road to walking with ease again.
What your podiatrist in Brick and Jackson wants you to know
Foot odor can be embarrassing. Smelly feet can make you want to leave your shoes on, and never take them off. The good news is there are treatments to get rid of smelly feet. Dr. Keith Rosenthal at Foot And Ankle Center wants to share the facts about what causes foot odor and what you can do about it. He has two convenient office locations in Brick and Jackson, NJ to help your feet.
So, what causes foot odor? Normal perspiration can interact with the bacteria in your socks and shoes, producing smelly feet. You have more sweat glands in your hands and feet than anywhere else on your body, leading to profuse perspiration. The high amounts of perspiration combined with bacteria in your footwear produce foot odor.
The good news is there is a lot you can do to prevent foot odor. Remember to:
- Wash your feet every day in warm water and mild soap
- Keep your feet dry and apply foot powder daily
- Try over-the-counter anti-bacterial products for your feet
- Wear socks when you wear closed shoes
- Wear thick socks of natural materials like cotton
- Change your socks and shoes daily
- Check your feet and toes for fungal infections every day
You should also never wear nylon socks or stockings, and plastic shoes. Wear footwear made of breathable materials to allow air to circulate around your feet and toes. Alternate footwear daily so that your footwear has time to air out and dry naturally.
For severe foot odor that doesn’t respond to conservative treatment, it’s best to visit an expert like Dr. Rosenthal. He can help you get rid of foot odor for good by recommending:
- Prescription anti-bacterial or fungal topical medications
- Soaking your feet in a black tea or vinegar solution daily
- Electrolysis to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Surgical treatment for severe cases of hyperhidrosis
Don’t be embarrassed by smelly feet. Instead, take control over foot odor by calling Dr. Rosenthal at Foot And Ankle Center with offices in Brick and Jackson, NJ. To make an appointment call our office today. For the Jackson office, 732 833 2800. For the Brick office, 732 477 0441. Call today!
We’ve all been there before - after a long day of work, shopping or a playing sports, your feet ache and you feel as if you couldn’t walk another step from the pain. They might be heavy and swollen, even tight in your shoes, especially as you age. So why do your feet hurt after a long day upright, and when is it time to worry it might be something more than simple strain?
Achy Feet Factors:
Causes of Achy Feet
When you are constantly on your feet, a significant amount of stress is put on your legs and feet. Strenuous walking or standing for long periods has an obvious effect on your feet. Other factors include ill-fitting, poorly padded shoes, tight socks or stockings and tight garters. Reduced blood circulation to the ankles and feet also causes tired aching feet.
Your age and level of dehydration contribute to how achy your feet are after a long day. Poor circulation can also cause foot swelling and, therefor, foot pain.
5 Simple Ways to Relieve Tired, Aching Feet
There are ways to relieve pain associated sore feet and legs.
Elevate your feet for 15-20 minutes.
Soak your feet in warm water with epsom salts, or a warm, wet towel and wrap it around your feet and legs.
Massage your feet or have someone massage your feet for you.
Exercise your feet, as it helps to keep them healthy - it tones muscles, helps to strengthen the arches and stimulates blood circulation.
Wear orthotic insoles in your shoes. Ask your podiatrist if an orthotic device is a good fit for your lifestyle
When foot pain persists, it's important to visit our office for a thorough examination. The cause of your foot pain may be more serious than simple stress and overwork. Your podiatrist can identify serious problems and work with you to determine a treatment plan that will put an end to your tired, achy feet once and for all.
A child's feet grow rapidly during the first year, reaching almost half of their adult foot size. This is why podiatrists consider the first year to be the most important in the development of the feet. Proper care at a young age is essential for healthy development. Since many adult foot ailments develop in childhood, periodic visits to your child’s podiatrist and basic foot care can help minimize these problems later in life.
A child’s feet are formed from soft, pliable cartilage which makes them more susceptible to deformities. A young child can be affected by foot conditions such as:
- Flat feet
- Heel pain
Tips for Parents
Parents can help promote normal, healthy foot development for their baby.
- Examine your baby’s feet regularly. If you detect anything unusual, contact your child’s pediatrician or podiatrist right away.
- Encourage exercise. Lying uncovered allows the baby to kick and move feet and toes freely so not to inhibit normal development.
- Cover feet loosely. Tight clothing or covers restrict movement.
- Alternate your baby’s position several times a day. Lying too long in one spot may place unnecessary strain on the feet and legs.
As your baby continues to grow and develop, so will the feet. It may be necessary to change shoe and sock size every few months, as tight-fitting footwear can aggravate pre-existing conditions. After your child takes their first steps, you should also carefully observe walking patterns. Intoeing, out-toeing, and gait abnormalities can be corrected when they are detected early.
A baby’s feet will carry them throughout life, so it’s important to begin good foot care at a young age. Neglecting your child’s foot health invites problems in other parts of the body, such as the back and legs. Whether you have questions about your child’s foot health or suspect a problem with the development of your child’s feet, please contact our office. We want every step your child makes toward adulthood to be pain-free and easy!
Is your ingrown nail a real nuisance or is it just too painful to handle anymore? Dr. Keith Rosenthal of The Foot and Ankle Center, with locations in Brick and Jackson, NJ, can help you!
Causes of Ingrown Nails:
- Someone not trimming toenails properly, like too short, especially the big toes
- If you decide to wear shoes that are too tight or short, resulting in crowded toes
- Repeated trauma or injury to your feet or fungus infections
- Heredity or poor foot structure
What is an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails, which are also known as onychocryptosis, are when your toenails penetrate the skin in the corners or sides of your feet, which may result in infection. Ingrown toenails may be hard, swollen, and tender in the beginning, but if you don't get them looked at by your podiatrist, your toes may become sore, red, and infected. Your skin may even start growing over the ingrown toenail.
Treating ingrown toenails can be a simple fix:
- Soak the foot in warm and soapy water several times a day and try to keep your feet clean.
- Wear shoes that give your toes more space to move and try to avoid socks.
- Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection.
- If your ingrown toenail is suffering from an acute infection, the surgical removal of part of the ingrown toenail may be needed. The procedure is known as partial nail plate avulsion. Your doctor will inject your toenail with an anesthetic and cut out the ingrown part.
For more information on ingrown toenails contact Dr. Keith Rosenthal at The Foot and Ankle Centers of Brick and Jackson by calling today! Your health is a priority. For the Jackson office, 732 833 2800. For the Brick office, 732 477 0441.
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