Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Bunionettes, also known as tailor's bunions, are a common foot deformity that affects the joint at the base of the little toe. Like their larger counterparts, bunions, bunionettes develop gradually and can cause significant discomfort and inconvenience. These bony protrusions often result from pressure or misalignment of the fifth metatarsal bone, leading to the toe deviating outward and the joint protruding. While the exact cause of bunionettes vary, factors such as wearing narrow or tight-fitting shoes, genetic predisposition, and underlying foot conditions can contribute to their formation. Individuals with bunionettes may experience pain, swelling, redness, and difficulty wearing certain shoes. Ignoring bunionettes can lead to worsening symptoms and potential complications, including bursitis or hammertoes. If you have a bunionette, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer the treatment that is right for you.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Mercer Ocean Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Hamilton, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Experiencing numbness or tingling in your feet is not a sensation to be ignored, as it often indicates an underlying issue that requires attention. Common causes of foot numbness can include neuropathy, which can result from conditions such as diabetes, nerve injuries, or pressure on spinal nerves. Peripheral arterial disease, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and thyroid disorders are also potential contributors to neuropathy. Additionally, medication side effects, exposure to toxic substances like lead or alcohol, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, electrolyte imbalances, and vitamin deficiencies can affect nerve function, which may lead to numbness. Ignoring numbness, tingling, and a burning sensation in the feet may lead to further complications. By seeking timely evaluation and treatment, you can address the underlying cause of numbness and prevent potential long-term consequences, ensuring your mobility and overall well-being. If you are experiencing frequent numbness or tingling in your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who is medically trained to manage this condition. 

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from Mercer Ocean Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Hamilton, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 18 February 2024 00:00

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Selecting the appropriate footwear is essential for a comfortable and effective power walking experience. Look for shoes specifically designed for walking, as they offer the necessary support and cushioning for prolonged activity. Opt for lightweight yet durable materials that allow breathability and flexibility, ensuring optimal comfort and performance. Consider shoes with ample cushioning in the heel and forefoot to absorb impact and reduce strain on the feet and joints. Look for a supportive midsole that provides stability and helps maintain proper alignment during each stride. Additionally, prioritize shoes with a roomy toe box to accommodate natural foot swelling and movement while minimizing the risk of blisters and discomfort. A supportive arch and a secure lacing system are also vital for a snug and stable fit. Take the time to try on different styles and brands, and pay attention to how each pair feels during walking movements. Investing in high-quality shoes that meet your specific needs can minimize the risk of discomfort or injury. Consult a podiatrist if you are seeking more information about what to look for while buying shoes.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of one of our podiatrists from Mercer Ocean Podiatry. Our doctors will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Hamilton, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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