It’s finally spring in the northeast, and the weather is getting warmer. But if your feet are still cold, you might be dealing with hypothyroidism – a condition in which the thyroid glad becomes underactive.
Because they are farthest away from your heart, it’s most difficult to pump blood to your hands and feet, and they often feel the chill most acutely. For most people, this is no more than a minor inconvenience. You put on socks and tuck your hands into your pockets and wait a few minutes for them to warm up. But what if your feet don’t warm up? What if your feet are still cold even when the weather’s warm? They might be trying to tell you something. Cold feet can be a sign of an underactive thyroid gland.
The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that sits in your throat, near your Adam’s apple. The thyroid is responsible for boosting your energy, warming your body, and activating your immune system, among other tasks. When it’s working well, you won’t even be aware of your thyroid. But if the thyroid becomes underactive, you can experience any or all of the following symptoms:
- Increased sensitivity to cold – especially cold feet!
- Dry skin
- Unexplained weight gain
- Muscle aches and pain
- Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
- Thinning hair
Does this sound familiar? Bring your cold feet to Advanced Feet and Ankle Care and let Dr. Jason Grossman see what’s going on. Jason Grossman, DPM is a board-certified podiatrist, expert in diagnosing and treating all illnesses and injuries of the feet and ankles. He can determine both the source of your discomfort and the best course of treatment moving forward. Call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care today at (732) 679-4330 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment in our comfortable Old Bridge or Sayreville offices.
Do your feet hurt as soon as you set them on the floor in the morning? Is the pain worst in your heels? These symptoms are typical of plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to your toes and supports the arch of your foot. Small tears and inflammation can cause discomfort in the heel over an extended period of time, and it’s especially bad when you first wake up.
Relief from the pain of plantar fasciitis is just a few moves away. You can keep your feet feeling great all day with these simple stretches – and you don’t even have to get out of bed to do them!
- It’s important to prepare your body before any kind of exercise. Take a moment to warm up your feet by “writing” the alphabet in the air with your toes.
- Point your toes and flex each ankle 10 times.
- “Crunch” your toes forward as if you’re trying to pick up a pencil with your foot. Hold for 15 seconds and release. Repeat 10 times on each foot.
- Sit on the edge of the bed with your heel on the floor. Use your “peace fingers” to pull your big toe toward you. Hold for 15-30 seconds, then release. Repeat 4 times on each leg.
To keep your feet feeling great, wear slippers at home and supportive footwear during the day. If your plantar fasciitis flares, ice and anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen can help.
Sometimes plantar fasciitis requires more intensive intervention. Dr. Jason Grossman is board certified and trained in the treatment and surgery of all kinds of foot and ankle pain. He can diagnose and treat the source of your heel pain. Together with the Advanced Feet and Ankle Care staff, he uses state of the art technology to bring relief every day to patients with plantar fasciitis and a variety of other foot and ankle issues. He can help you, too! Call us (732) 679-4330 or click here to make an appointment at our conveniently located Old Bridge or Sayreville offices today.
What Is a Podiatrist?
There are currently nearly 18,000 podiatrists -- specialized doctors who diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries of the foot, ankle, and lower leg -- practicing in the United States. When you see the letters DPM after your doctor’s name, it tells you that he or she is a podiatrist who has undergone years of demanding training, making him/her qualified to care for you.
When Should I See a Podiatrist?
Many situations might lead you to call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care’s Old Bridge or Sayreville offices, including chronic foot and/or ankle pain, changes in the look or feel of your feet, an injury, or a medical condition such as diabetes, which can lead to problematic situations.
A podiatrist like Jason Grossman, DPM is the best doctor to care for your feet and ankles. These specialists can diagnose and treat all manner of health issues related to your feet and ankles, including:
- foot and ankle injuries
- heel pain
- ingrown toenails
- corns and calluses
- sports injuries
Can Podiatrists Perform Surgery?
Typically, podiatrists can operate on the bones, ligaments, tendons and joints of the foot and ankle, depending on their credentials, certifications, state license, and hospital affiliations. Dr. Jason Grossman often performs surgeries. After consultation and examination, he can help you with a wide variety of conditions.
What Are the Qualifications of a Podiatrist?
It takes four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency, similar to the training of other doctors, to become a podiatrist. This extended and in-depth study makes a podiatrist the most qualified professional to care for your feet.
Some podiatrists specialize in areas of care, like other doctors do. These specialties can include sports medicine, surgery, wound care, and diabetic care.
Caring for Your Feet at Advanced Feet and Ankle Care
Every day, Dr. Jason Grossman diagnoses and treats the feet and ankles of people just like you. Whether you have a specific concern or simply want to keep your feet and ankles feeling great, the staff at Advanced Feet and Ankle Care is ready to help you. Call us today at (732) 679-4330 or click here to schedule an appointment in our conveniently located Old Bridge or Sayreville offices.
When you neglect your feet, you can experience unnecessary discomfort throughout your body. Healthy feet are an essential component of the active lifestyle that leads to long-term health and wellness. Here are some tips from Jason Grossman, DPM for pain-free feet that will keep you feeling great.
- Avoid ingrown toenails by trimming them straight across.
- If you enjoy the occasional professional pedicure, make sure that your salon is clean and that instruments are sterilized. Never allow the technician to use a razor on your feet!
- Your mother was right: hygiene matters. Use soap and water to wash your feet every day. Fungus thrives in moist environments, so be sure to dry your feet well and pay attention to the spaces between your toes!
- Bacteria and fungi abound in locker rooms and public pools. Wear shower shoes when you visit these places.
- Minimize sweat and keep feet dry in wool or cotton socks. If socks get damp, change them as soon as you can. Perspiration can create a moist environment hospitable to fungi.
- Choose shoes made of leather. They allow air to circulate so feet can “breathe.” Shoes made of newer mesh fabrics are a great option if you tend toward sweaty feet.
- Shoes that are too tight or too loose can lead to long-term foot problems. See a professional for a proper fitting. Choose a broad, wide shoe with a wide, low heel. Pointy shoes and stiletto heels are fashionable, but wearing them too often isn’t a good idea. They can squeeze your toes, causing ingrown toenails.
- Don’t share shoes, socks, or other items that touch the feet. In situations where you must share, such as renting bowling shoes, be sure everything is treated with antibacterial spray.
- Be alert to potential problems. Check your feet weekly, noting problems or changes. If you have diabetes, check your feet more frequently, as diabetics experience foot sores and infections more frequently than others.
- See a podiatrist when a problem arises. Your podiatrist has years of training and experience and is the best doctor to diagnose and treat all of your foot and ankle issues.
Are you experiencing a foot or ankle health issue? Dr. Jason Grossman is a board-certified podiatrist with more than 20 years of experience. He is ready and able to diagnose the source of your discomfort and to determine the best course of treatment. Call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care today at (732) 679-4330 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment in our comfortable Old Bridge or Sayreville offices.