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childrens feetChildren’s foot healthis extremely important as your children’s feet are constantly developing and should be periodically monitored. Shoes for your children should be flexible, which will allow foot muscles to develop properly. If your child is experiencing discomfort in their feet, they may need to see a podiatrist. Additionally, as children’s feet are always growing, be prepared to buy them new shoes a few times every year.  

Making sure that your children maintain foot health is very important as they grow up. If you have any questions contact one of our doctors from Tri County Foot & Ankle Center. Our podiatrists can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

  • Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
  • Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Bayonne, Randolph, Kearny, and Jersey City in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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shoes2According to Fox8 News, “choosing the right pair of shoes to wear on a regular basis can help ensure the long-term health of your feet, as well as your entire body.” Not only are properly-fitting shoes essential for your feet’s comfort, but they are important in preventing long-term foot problems. Tips for finding the right shoes include trying on shoes in the afternoon when our feet are at their biggest size, looking for shoes that offer enough wiggle room, understanding that shoe sizes differ across brands, wearing appropriate socks, and avoid breaking in shoes that do not fit the first time you try them.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our doctors from Tri County Foot & Ankle Center. Our podiatrists can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Bayonne, Randolph, Kearny, and Jersey City in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Managing Your Bunion Condition

bunions7Bunions are characterized as deformities that form on the joint of the big toe, which then results in changes to the structure of the joint and the overall general structure of the foot. Bunions can be caused by genetics, ill-fitting shoes such as high heels, and foot conditions such as flat feet, flexible joints, low muscle tone, abnormal bone structure, and loose ligaments. Arthritis can also lead to an increased risk of bunions forming as well as other health conditions such as neuromuscular disorders that can limit movement and activity in the feet, causing damage and increasing the risk of bunion formation.

Bunion surgery usually occurs after non-surgical methods have proved to be ineffective. If you have any concerns,contact Dr. Jonathan Michael from Tri County Foot & Ankle Center. Dr. Michael can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Bayonne, Randolph, Kearny, and Jersey City in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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slower walkingFoot disorders become more common as we age and can result in various complications if we do not take proper care of our feet. “By age 50, the average American logs 75,000 miles on the pair,” according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Our feet are comprised of “26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 120 muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves.” Other health conditions like diabetes can also complicate our foot health as we age. It’s important to see your podiatrist often to take the proper preventative measures and get treatment.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Jonathan Michael from Tri County Foot & Ankle Center. Dr. Michael can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions

Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.

Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.

Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:

Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe

Shoes that don’t fit properly

Pressure sores

Loss of circulation in legs & feet

Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Bayonne, Randolph, Kearny, and Jersey City in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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broken foot4Anthony Brown of the Lakers was recovering for four weeks due to a stress fracture injury he sustained on his right foot. Brown will be missing the game against the then defending-champion Golden State Warriors, sidelined alongside Lou Williams. Brown has played “29 games this year, making 11 starts.”

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Jonathan Michael from Tri County Foot & Ankle Center. Dr. Michael can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners

-people affected with Osteoporosis

-play tennis or basketball

-gymnastics

-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Bayonne, Randolph, Kearny, and Jersey City in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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