Sunday, 19 May 2024 00:00

Have your feet inspected by a professional before starting a new sport or physical activity. Taking charge of your foot health will keep you in good physical condition and can help you avoid a potential injury, such as a fracture or sprained ankle.

Prevent injuries and see a foot specialist.

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Foot injuries among child athletes are a common occurrence, often stemming from the high level of physical activity and the rapid growth and development of their bodies. These injuries can vary in severity and type, but some are more prevalent than others. One common foot injury is a stress fracture, which occurs when repetitive stress on the bones leads to tiny cracks. Another frequent injury is ankle sprains, where the ligaments supporting the ankle are stretched or torn due to sudden twisting motions. Additionally, conditions like Sever's disease, characterized by inflammation of the growth plate in the heel, and plantar fasciitis, involving inflammation of the tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes, are not uncommon. Proper warm-up, stretching, and wearing appropriate footwear can help prevent these injuries. If your child has endured a foot injury, it is strongly suggested that prompt attention be sought from a podiatrist who can offer appropriate treatment solutions.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, 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.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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 and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Corns, also known as helomas, are common foot problems characterized by thickened areas of skin that develop in response to friction or pressure. Understanding the causes and symptoms of a corn is essential for effective management and prevention. These small, round lesions typically form on the toes or feet, often in areas where bones protrude or where shoes rub against the skin. The primary cause of corns is repetitive friction or pressure, which leads to the thickening of the skin as a protective response. Wearing ill-fitting shoes, high heels, and activities that involve prolonged standing or walking can exacerbate the formation of corns. Symptoms of corns may include pain or tenderness at the site, hardened or raised bumps, and swelling or redness. While corns are generally harmless, they can be uncomfortable and may interfere with daily activities. If you have developed a corn, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment methods for safe removal.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Mercer Ocean Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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 and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Orthotics play an essential role in alleviating various foot and lower limb conditions. When prescribing orthotics, several factors are considered, including biomechanical alignment, patient aesthetics, compliance, and joint stability. Biomechanical assessments evaluate gait patterns, foot structure, and joint range of motion to determine the most effective orthotic design. Aesthetics consideration involves ensuring that orthotics fit comfortably into the patient's shoes and lifestyle. Patient compliance is vital for long-term success, as orthotics must be worn consistently to achieve desired outcomes. Custom-made orthotics are preferred for their tailored fit and targeted support. They address specific biomechanical issues, providing support, stability, and alignment correction as needed. These orthotics are crafted based on precise measurements and molds of the patient's feet, ensuring optimal functionality and comfort. If you would like to learn how custom-made orthotics can improve your mobility and quality of life, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and further discussion.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Mercer Ocean Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

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

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