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stretching4Exercising our feet on a regular basis is important in ensuring our overall body health as well as preventing the onset of foot conditions. Our feet contain about 25 percent of all the bones in our bodies, and “about 80 percent of us will experience foot-related difficulties by age 20.” Exercise your feet by rolling them on a tennis ball, as this trains the plantar fascia, which lines the soles of our feet. Another exercise for your feet is using your toes to lift a towel off of the floor, “keeping your heel on the floor as you work your feet,” helping to strengthen inner foot muscles.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our doctors from Tri County Foot & Ankle Center. Our podiatrists will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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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athletes foot9Corns and calluses develop as the thickening of skin “in areas where there is pressure from a deformed toe or poorly fitted shoe.” Ill-fitting shoes can lead to corns and calluses forming, so make sure to take proper care of your feet. Be considerate of shoe size, length, and width. Shoe brands can also vary by sizes. Shoes should be comfortable and not tight on the feet, as corns and calluses can form in response.

If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles 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.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

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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ankle surgeryArkansas receiver Keon Hatcher posted on his social media Snapchat a photo of his broken foot, which he had to have surgery for. This is the second time within a nine month span that Hatcher had to have surgery on his left foot. Hatcher’s first broken foot injury occurred in the game against Toledo last season. He was one of the three players on his team that had to have surgery, which ended his season.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a foot ailment. To learn more, 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.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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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foot injuryAccording to the Japan Skating Federation, regional Olympic champion YuzuruHanyu suffered ligament damage in his foot, which required him to have surgery and stay in Toronto in April. Hanyu felt pain in his foot, which had progressed since January. Hanyu placed second in the world championships but was not able to return to Japan because of his injury.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. If you have any concerns, 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.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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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