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Diabetic Shoes: Why You Need Them Mar 19th, 2020

Diabetics are all too familiar with the threat of amputation. Many people living with diabetes experience decreased sensation and restricted blood flow in their feet because of nerve disease and PAD or peripheral arterial disease. These two issues combine to cause ulcers and infections that may lead to amputations. According...

More Heat Means Sweaty Feet: Preventing Athlete’s Foot Mar 19th, 2020

COVID‑19 alertCORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID‑19) - UNITED STATESIf you think you have been exposed to COVID‑19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Spring is here: the days grow longer; the air is...

Insoles, Inserts, Orthotics… Oh My Feb 21st, 2020

Lately, it seems that shoe insoles are experiencing a newfound popularity. No matter where you look—television, shoe stores, pharmacies, and even grocery stores—there are products aimed at relieving foot pain. At Ankle & Foot Specialist of N.J., we often treat patients with foot pain let down by over-the-counter shoe. Allow...

The Cold Truth: Winter Foot Care Feb 5th, 2020

With the holidays in the rear-view mirror, people are returning to their lives. But don’t let the humdrum of your daily life distract you from winter foot care. The chilling weather outside, the heat inside, those warm and snug winter shoes, and the long hours on your feet are just...

New Year, New feet Jan 11th, 2020

Thanksgiving is synonymous with food; Christmas with gifts. And the New Year? With resolutions to lose weight, of course. The month of January sees more people signing-up for gym membership than any other month. In fact, multiple surveys found exercising more as the most common New Year’s resolution. While committing...

Diabetic Survival Guide For Holiday Food and Festivities Dec 4th, 2019

“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.” - Erma Bombeck, American Humorist.   Let’s face it, the holiday season revolves around food. Turkeys and chickens roasted to golden perfection, mashed potatoes topped with aromatic gravy, creamy macaroni and cheese, zesty cranberry sauce, candies, yams, hams, and...

What You Need to Know about Custom Orthotics Oct 17th, 2019

At some point, you’ve probably heard about custom orthotics. You might even know a few people who have worn them. But how much do you really know about them? Whenever we talk about custom orthotics or recommend them as a treatment option with our patients, we usually get a lot...

Exspraining Ankle Sprains Oct 1st, 2019

When the New York Giants’ running back Saquon Barkley went down with an injury, an MRI confirmed that he experienced an ankle sprain, which sidelined him for 4-8 weeks. Many of our patients who are Giants fans asked me why the star running back was out for so long. Is...

Everything You Need to Know About Rearfoot Surgery Sep 11th, 2019

One of the small downsides of having a podiatry practice is sometimes discussing treatments people would prefer not to have, if possible. Surgeries tend to rank high on that list, but we have an outstanding reason to talk about rearfoot surgery in particular. We are proud to have Dr. Pragnesh...

Bare Foot For Thought Sep 2nd, 2019

The NFL is the most watched event on television. Even the preseason, exhibition games with no bearing on the record, attract more viewers than some of the most popular tv shows. Part of the intrigue are the injuries—like the foot injury to defensive end Myles Garrett I covered in a...

How to Treat Your Feet With Care Every Summer Jun 21st, 2019

Whether you’re planning a day trip to sunbathe at Bayshore or have more exotic vacation plans closer to the Equator, you know how important it is to have the right items on you for the best experience. Swimsuit? Sunscreen? That novel you’ve been saving to read on a blanket upon...

Treating and Managing Forefoot Problems May 21st, 2019

The front of the foot could be considered the front lines of our exposure to the world. Whenever we take a step, the front of our foot and our toes will always be heading into new territory first! There are certainly some external hazards that we should watch out for...

Does a Child Need Orthotics? May 1st, 2019

If there is a potential problem with the structure of a living thing, providing early support will often be the easiest and most effective route to improvement. Take a tree, for example. If you see signs of it leaning as a sapling, you would not wait until it was fully...

Heel Pain and Your Child: What You Should Know Mar 22nd, 2019

Your child might not need to be given many excuses to run around. You might even have a developing sports star on your hands! But what happens if they start telling you their heels hurt—or you can tell they’re trying to hide the fact that they do? There are a...

Stretches for Feet You Can Do Just About Anywhere Feb 24th, 2019

Moving is healthy. Moving is important! And yet many of us seem to have days where we are chained to a desk or confined to a relatively small area. It can sometimes feel quite difficult to carve out the time to move a bit during a busy day, but it’s...

What to Do When You Get an Ingrown Toenail Feb 1st, 2019

In our last blog, we discussed ways to help prevent an ingrown toenail from occurring. But what do you do when you already have one? In many cases, an ingrown toenail is mild enough to effectively manage with home treatment. However, there are times when it’s better to have the...

Follow These Tips to Fight Ingrown Toenails Dec 27th, 2018

An ingrown toenail can feel a bit like a traffic ticket. They’re both painful, odds are good you’ll probably get at least one of each in your life, but there’s never going to be a convenient time for dealing with either. In both cases, the best way to handle either...

Common Conditions That Can Be Treated by Orthotics Nov 27th, 2018

Custom orthotics are one of the most versatile treatment tools any podiatrist has in her toolkit. They aren’t necessary or appropriate for every situation, of course—no treatment is.But the list of symptoms and conditions that can be prevented, treated, or accommodated through this medical device—provided the underlying causes and factors...

Simple At-Home Treatments for Heel Pain Oct 17th, 2018

Heel pain is the type of problem that makes you want to stay in.Perhaps it’s the dread of your feet hitting the floor when you get up in the morning. Maybe you start your day at work and just know your heels will be aching and throbbing by the time...

MicroVas – What it is and What You Can Expect Sep 28th, 2018

Treatment options available to us are always evolving, with research opening up new possibilities and more effective methods all the time. MicroVas therapy is one of the newcomers, as far as medical history is concerned. A multitude of conservative treatments still withstand the test of time for many foot and...

Is It Time for a New Pair of Diabetic Shoes? Aug 17th, 2018

There are some things that stand the test of time: classic novels. Fine art. The TV show Survivor (for some reason). Other things, unfortunately, eventually wear out no matter how much we love them. Your favorite pair of shoes, with enough time and wear, will eventually become a pair of...

How to Coach Your Kid Through Sever’s Disease Jul 26th, 2018

Whether you have an Edison Eagle gearing up for the fall sports season, a future track star in the making, or simply a kid who just can’t stay in one spot for long, you know how important being active is to them. That’s why, when heel pain in children strikes,...

Sports Injuries in Children (or How to Keep Feet and Ankles Game-Ready) Jun 19th, 2018

Active kids are healthy kids! Whether your child is an Edison Eagle, is part of a summer league, or engages in their own sporting fun and goals, it’s great to support all the positive effects and lessons athletics can bring. With any physical activity, however, can come the risk of...

Orthotics for Children Mean No Reduction in Fun May 10th, 2018

There’s nothing like watching your children play. Whether they’re tearing it up around Roosevelt Park or imagining their own little world in your backyard, it’s enough to want to join in sometimes. Here’s some easy advice: you should! Taking time to play as a family is a spectacular opportunity for...

Treatment Options for Tendonitis Dec 20th, 2017

Treatment Options for Tendonitis If you are suddenly experiencing pain in your foot or ankle, the culprit may be a case of tendonitis. Tendonitis occurs when the muscles in your foot or ankle, often the plantar fascia, are overused or stretched incorrectly during exercise. How Can I Tell If I...

Treatment Options for Heel Pain Oct 17th, 2017

What is plantar fasciitis? Ever stepped out of bed with severe pain in the heel? Or your heels hurt for a little while when you first stand up and start walking? This type of heel pain is one of the most common foot ailments in the world. It can flare...

What Can I Expect from Bunion Surgery? Oct 12th, 2017

What is a bunion? It is an enlargement of bone at the big toe joint and/or misalignment of the big toe joint causing the toe to change angles. As the deformity progresses, the big toe turns in towards the second toe and can either rest over or under the second...

Ankle Rehabilitation Exercises Sep 28th, 2017

Ankle sprains are common injuries that can lead to lifelong issues if not healed properly. Rehabilitation exercises are vital to the recovery process and are instrumental to prevent recurring and ongoing ankle problems. As soon as your doctor says it’s ok, you should start bearing some weight on your foot unless it...

Remedies for Hammertoe Sep 11th, 2017

Have you recently noticed a change in the appearance of your toes? Hammer toes can occur when one of your toes begins to bend unnaturally at the middle joint. This is caused by imbalance of muscles and tendons in your toes. This conditioned is often aggravated by wearing shoes that...

Developing Better Walking Habits Sep 1st, 2017

Walking is a great form of easy exercise, whether it’s a leisurely stroll around the park or a fast-paced walk around a track. There are some steps and precautions you should take in order to get the most out of walking, without causing injury or strain. Your feet are sensitive...

How Can I Tell if I Have an Ankle Fracture or Sprain? Aug 25th, 2017

Ankle injuries are one of the most prevalent injuries in the United States, with over one million reported cases occurring each year. Most turn out to be sprains or fractures, injuries that present similar symptoms at first but require different treatment. A fracture occurs when one or more ankle bones...

Bunion Pain Remedies to Try at Home Aug 18th, 2017

Bunion pain is easily relieved, though more difficult to resolve. Bunions occur when the bones in your big toe misalign, causing the toe to change angles. The big toe turns in towards the second toe and can either rest over or under the smaller toe, putting excess pressure on the...

Myles Garrett’s Injured Foot Jul 19th, 2017

Myles Garrett plays American football for the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League. He recently suffered a foot injury during minicamp which forced him to the sidelines toward the end of the practice session. He was ultimately diagnosed with lateral ankle sprain (LAS) by Sports Injuries. Nature and Causes...

Common foot Problems for Diabetics Jun 26th, 2017

Diabetes is a metabolic diseases caused by high levels of sugar in the blood over a prolonged period of time. Symptoms include frequent urination, increased thirst and increased hunger. Dangers for foot problems exist especially when dealing with wounds. Our feet are targeted by this disease. Diabetes can lead to...

The Best Shoes for Diabetic Patients Apr 20th, 2017

It would be difficult to capture all the ways the Internet has changed life as we know it, including the effect it has had when it comes to do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. Once upon a time, you would have to rely on books or knowledge passed along to know how to,...

Why Circulation Matters When You Have Diabetes Apr 16th, 2017

Your circulatory system—which includes your heart, blood vessels, and blood cells—is an extremely important component of your physical wellbeing. Most people know that blood is responsible for carrying oxygen and nutrients to all your body’s cells. But it’s also equally important for healing wounds, fighting off infectious diseases, carrying away...

10 Tips for Avoiding Falls Inside and Outside the Home Jan 17th, 2017

Falling is one of the most expensive, life-altering, and even deadly health risks facing older Americans. As a matter of fact, about 1 in 3 seniors over 65 will fall this year, with rates steadily increasing with age. A bad fall can lead to a lengthy hospital stay, and result...

How to Get the Most Out of Your Podiatry Visit Jan 5th, 2017

If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to be healthy, we hope making an appointment with Ankle & Foot Specialist of NJ is on your list of things to do to achieve your goal! After all, the health of your feet directly impacts how well you can stick to a...

5 Ways PAD Interferes with Your Feet Nov 15th, 2016

Blood flow connects every nook and cranny in your body. Blood goes everywhere, constantly—and since it carries the nutrients and oxygen your tissues need to function and survive, it can have a dramatic effect on your whole body, including your lower limbs. This is why conditions like peripheral arterial disease...

Should You Rock a Pumice Stone on Your Feet? Oct 21st, 2016

Pampering your feet with a little home pedicure care is not only a great way to relax, it helps keep them clean and healthy. Washing your feet, clipping your nails, moisturizing your skin, and so on all help you avoid dryness, potential nail problems, and general hygiene issues as well...

Top Tips for Taking Care of Corns and Calluses Oct 6th, 2016

It would be difficult to capture all the ways the Internet has changed life as we know it, including the effect it has had when it comes to do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. Once upon a time, you would have to rely on books or knowledge passed along to know how to,...

Attending to Your Flat Feet Aug 17th, 2016

Gone are the days when gas station attendants run out to fill up your tank, check your oil, and wash your car windows for you, but attending to your car in this way used to be a normal part of the “service” at a service station. You can do your...

Super Sleuth Your Arch Type Jul 19th, 2016

When your kids are bored and you don’t want them to have any more screen time, try some detective games. “I Spy” is fun with little ones, who try to guess something you can see. For older kids, “Mafia and Detectives” or “Diffuse the Bomb” are great games for a...

Finding Heel Pain Relief with Custom Orthotics May 18th, 2016

We want to discuss that pain under your heel, the one that sends you into a tizzy when you first step out of bed in the morning. The thought of it makes you want to roll over and go back to sleep, but you have a job to go to,...

Possible Causes of Your Heel Pain—A Quick Quiz Apr 19th, 2016

When you have a tummy ache, it is sometimes hard to pinpoint the cause: Are you hungry? Did you eat something that disagreed with you? Could a bug be working its way through your system? Diagnosing heel pain presents similar difficulties, because there is a wide variety of conditions that...

Tips to Prevent Spring Sports Injuries Apr 6th, 2016

The South Plainfield Tigers and John P. Stevens High School Hawks have full spring sports seasons, fitting in baseball, softball, track, tennis, lacrosse, golf, and boys’ volleyball. We’re sure this keeps the athletic department on their toes, but it’s great that so many students can participate. Seasonal recreational programs mean...

How MicroVas Works for Diabetic Patients Feb 17th, 2016

Imagine having an open sore on the bottom of your foot an inch in diameter that doesn’t heal. You can’t walk for the pain, you worry about infection and gangrene setting in, and you face the very real possibility that the foot might need to be amputated. Would you be...

Why Neuropathy Should Not Be Ignored Jan 20th, 2016

You know that little hole in your sweater where you snagged it on a nail in the garage? You shouldn’t ignore it, because the yarn is starting to unravel and soon it will be a big hole and the sweater will be ruined. Small problems in your feet can grow...

Neuropathy—Bad Sensations in Your Feet Jan 6th, 2016

Do you ever think about all the sensations you pick up through your feet? Vibrations might indicate an oncoming truck or train. Your muscles automatically correct your balance when your feet feel uneven ground beneath them. A burning feeling warns you to protect tender skin from hot pavement, and feeling...

Protect Your Toenails from Your Sports Shoes Sep 22nd, 2015

Fall sports are well under way at area high schools and colleges, and with them comes the litany of injuries that often accompany the season: concussions, sprains, stress fractures, toenail damage—wait, toenails? Yes, these often forgotten parts of your foot can be injured during sports, too, and many times it...

Getting Ready for Your Podiatry Visit Sep 1st, 2015

You’ve probably had those bad dreams where you sit down to take a test and realize you didn’t study for it, or walk into a room full of people and realize you forgot to put on your pants. You don’t want that kind of panic when you come to our...

Tips for Summer Sweaty Feet Aug 19th, 2015

We’ve already had a few heat waves roll through Middlesex County this summer—late July was blistering—and that can mean a lot of sweaty, stinky feet. Aside from the obvious (not wanting to blast your friends, neighbors and loved ones with a funky odor), sweaty feet can also be a problem...

Increase in Morton’s Neuroma May be Due to High Heels Aug 7th, 2015

Within the past decade, more women have been admitted into the hospital with symptoms leading to Morton’s neuroma. Many scientists believe this spike is due to an increase in high heel usage especially in women ages 40 – 69. In fact, within the past ten years there has been a 115% increase...