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Thursday, 31 August 2017 19:32

Orthotics Can Ease Persistent Foot Pain

Orthotics are custom-made medical shoe inserts, prescribed and provided by a podiatrist. They can improve foot movement and lead to increased comfort, stability, and mobility. Decades of clinical research has proven that orthotics can decrease foot pain and improve function.

There are two main types of orthotics. Functional orthotics modify abnormal motion. These devices may be used to treat foot pain caused by an atypical gait and can be used to treat injuries such as shin splints or tendinitis. Typically, functional orthotics are crafted of a firm material such as plastic or graphite. Accommodative orthotics are softer. Their primary purpose is to provide additional cushioning and support for your feet. They can be used to treat side effects of diabetes, painful calluses on the bottom of the foot, and other uncomfortable conditions. Dr. Jason Grossman prescribes orthotics to treat a wide range of issues including foot, ankle, and heel pain, bursitis, tendonitis and diabetic foot ulcers.

Shoe inserts sold on racks in drug stores can provide moderate short-term relief for foot pain, but they’re no match for orthotics provided by your podiatrist. Those over-the-counter products add a bit of cushioning or support, but they’re not custom-created for your feet and they’re not made to meet your unique needs. When prescribing orthotics, Dr. Jason Grossman customizes relief based on your specific needs based on what he sees during an initial examination of your feet as well as on his years of experience.

Your insurance plan may offer coverage for orthotics. Many do. A quick call can help you understand your policy. Even if you have to pay some or all of the cost out of pocket, your new orthotics will be a worthwhile investment. You can be confident that orthotics prescribed by Jason Grossman, DPM will be properly custom fit, made of high quality materials, work effectively, and last for years.

If foot pain is making you uncomfortable, orthotics may offer some relief. Click here or call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care at (732) 679-4330 today to schedule an appointment in our Old Bridge or Sayreville offices. Dr. Grossman will examine your feet to determine the source of your pain and, if needed, will design and create custom orthotics for you using state of the art technology. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you feel better.

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 19:42

Pregnancy and Foot Health

Pregnancy is a happy time for most women, but that joy can be mitigated by uncomfortable changes in the legs, ankles and feet. Problems are commonly caused by pregnancy weight gain, which can add pressure, alter your center of gravity, and create a new stance or gait.

Edema

Extra blood accumulated and/or water retained by the body causes some women to experience swelling during pregnancy. Known medically as edema, this swelling is caused by the enlarged uterus, which puts pressure on the blood vessels in the pelvis and legs and decreases circulation in the lower body.

Try some of these tips from Dr. Jason Grossman to minimize edema:

  • Eat a well-balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, which provide important trace minerals.
  • Hydration is essential. Water is best. Avoid caffeine and sugary beverages.
  • Avoid table salt and highly processed foods, which are heavy in sodium and cause fluid retention.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Elevate your feet on a small stool while sitting at a desk.
  • Take regular breaks to stretch your legs and promote circulation when flying or driving over long distances.
  • Rest often. Get off your feet as often as possible.
  • Have your feet professionally measured several times throughout your pregnancy as they will probably change sizes. Wear proper fitting footwear.
  • Choose seamless socks that do not restrict circulation.

Leg and Foot Cramps

Muscle cramps are generally harmless but can be extremely painful, whether you’re pregnant or not. To prevent and stop cramps, gently pull your toes back toward your shins while extending your leg. Flex, rather than point your toes while stretching; pointing can contract the muscle and make your cramp worse.  Massage the muscle after stretching (or ask your partner to do it for you!) and walk around the room for a few minutes to let it relax.

Over-Pronation

Pregnancy-related weight gain can lead to the flattening of the arches in the feet. Over-pronation is caused when those newly-flattened arches cause the feet roll inward when walking, stressing the plantar fascia and creating pain with every step. Your podiatrist can prescribe and create custom orthotics, which are often the best treatment for the problem.

Jason Grossman, DPM is expert in treating the special needs of pregnant women. Call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care at  (732) 679-4330 or click here today to schedule a convenient appointment for Dr. Grossman to examine your feet, diagnose any current or potential issues, and work with you to keep you feeling great throughout your pregnancy.

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Saturday, 19 August 2017 20:52

Dealing With Painful Foot Cramps

Foot and leg craps are also known as “Charley Horses.” They occur when muscles involuntarily stiffen and can’t relax. They tend to happen more often as we grow older, but anyone can get them at any age. Cramps are rarely harmful or related to a more serious problem, but they can be very uncomfortable! Read on to learn how to prevent cramps, and how to stop one after it’s begun.

The Causes of Cramps and How to Prevent Them

Your foot and calf muscles can spasm or cramp at any time of day or night, even when you’re asleep.  Understanding the common causes of cramps is key to prevention. Read on to learn about some common causes of foot and leg cramps and Dr. Jason Grossman’s tips for prevention:

  • Inadequate stretching -- Take time to stretch each day to keep muscles strong and supple. Always warm up before and after exercise.
  • Dehydration -- Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.  Avoid caffeine, sugary beverages, and alcohol.
  • Poor nutrition -- Eat a balanced diet. Choose a variety of healthy foods with plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables. Include leafy greens and bananas, which provide important trace minerals that help minimize muscle cramps.
  • Badly fitting shoes -- Choose practical shoes with a low, wide heel and plenty of arch support for everyday wear. Avoid high heels. If you love those gorgeous stilettos, save them for special occasions.
  • Medication side effects – Think back. Did your cramps start after you began taking a new medication? Let your health care professionals know about the problem.

Stopping a Cramp in Progress

Most cramps are brief, but rather painful. If your efforts at prevention have been unsuccessful, try these simple steps to minimize the discomfort and shorten the duration of your cramps:

  1. Stand up and move around the room if you’re sitting or lying down when a cramp occurs. Changing position is often sufficient to relax the cramping muscles.
  2. Increase circulation and relax the affected area by warming the muscles. A hot water bottle or heating pad will probably do the trick. A warm bath may also be effective.
  3. An over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen should ease any lingering discomfort.

If you are experiencing frequent or severe muscle spasms in your feet or legs, Jason Grossman, DPM can help. Call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care at (732) 679-4330 or click here today to schedule an appointment in our comfortable and convenient Old Bridge or Sayreville offices. 

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Falls from ladders commonly lead to sprains and fractures of the feet and ankles, especially in the warm months. We all need to get on a ladder occasionally to change a light bulb or access a rarely needed item stored on a high shelf but careless use can result in injury.  Here are some simple, common-sense ladder safety tips from Jason Grossman, DPM.

1. Use the Right Ladder for the Job

If you need a 10-foot ladder to get the job done, an 8-foot ladder won’t do! Stretching from the top step of a too-short ladder is risking a fall. Stepladders should never be propped against a wall. Use them only with the spreaders open and locked in place.

2.  Look Before You Climb

Before each use, inspect your ladder for damage or cracks on the rungs and side rails. Keep the ladder from slipping by checking for missing safety feet. If you’re using an extension ladder, check the latches that secure the extension when it's fed out to full length. Damaged ladders should be retired immediately.

3. Invest in a New Ladder

If you take a ladder out of service, or if your ladder is older than 20 years, purchase a replacement with more up-to-date safety features. Current options include slip resistant rungs and mechanisms that keep the ladder locked in place when open. 

4.  Set Up Properly

Always place your ladder on a secure, solid surface. Follow the 4-to-1 guideline for stability: for every 4 feet of elevation, the ladder's base should be set 1 foot out from the wall.

5.  Watch Your Weight

Ladders are rated for weight capacity, but that weight includes more than just your body. Remember to account for your tool belt, safety gear, tools, paint, and anything else that is coming up. Err on the side of caution.  A 250-pound person is not safe on a ladder rated for 250 pounds.

6. Practice Safe Climbing

Modern government safety regulations ensure that all ladders come with information on their sides, providing information about their specifications, warnings, and directions for use.  Read the label. Before you place your foot on the first rung, become familiar with those basics.

Finally, use these techniques when on a ladder:

  • Only one person should be on a ladder at any time.
  • Follow the three-point contact rule for climbing: only one foot or hand should be out of contact with the ladder at any time.
  • Maintain a low center of gravity: never stand on the top three steps of a straight ladder or the top two steps of a stepladder.

Have you sprained or fractured your foot or ankle in a fall off a ladder? Call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care at (732) 679-4330 today or click here to make an appointment to see Dr. Jason Grossman as soon as possible. He will use state of the art technology to diagnose the problem and determine the most appropriate course of treatment to ensure that you heal quickly and recover completely.

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 15:00

Spotting and Managing Toenail Fungus

Fungal infections occur when a fungus begins to grow in a fingernail, a toenail, or the nail bed, and are a common reason for visits to the podiatrist’s office. For most patients, these infections are unsightly but harmless, although they can leave lasting damage if left untreated. For patients with compromised immune systems or chronic illnesses including diabetes, they can be more serious.

What causes a fungal nail infection?

Nail infections can be caused by a wide range of yeasts, molds, and fungi. Many are caused by t. mentagrophytes, the same type of fungus that causes athlete's foot. Others are caused by t. rubrum and other strains.  This fungus can enter your body through small cuts in the skin near your nails.

What are the symptoms of a fungal nail infection?

An infected nail may:

  • turn yellow or white
  • become thicker than usual
  • crumble and split
  • separate from the skin

A fungal infection can make it uncomfortable to wear shoes. You may notice that you have difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time. The fungus may also spread to other nails or your skin.

 

How Can I Prevent a Fungal Nail Infection

Fungi grow best in warm, moist places, and are highly contagious. Prevent infections by wearing shoes in public places such as showers, locker rooms, and pools. Refrain from sharing personal items such as razors, towels, and nail clippers. Bring your own tools to the nail salon. Treat athlete’s foot promptly and completely, as the fungus can quickly and easily spread from your skin to your nails.

 

How is a Fungal Nail Infection Diagnosed and Treated?

If you suspect that you have a fungal nail infection, it’s essential to seek treatment as soon as possible. Over time, the infection can cause permanent damage to your nail or nail bed. With years of specialized training and experience, your podiatrist is the most qualified medical professional for the job. Your podiatrist can determine whether you have a fungal infection and then work with you to decide on an effective course of treatment.

Jason Grossman, DPM treats patients with fungal nail infections every week. He can help you, too. Get started on the path to wellness today. Call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care at (732) 679-4330 or click here to make an appointment at our convenient and comfortable Old Bridge or Sayreville offices.

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