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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Foot blisters are a common and painful issue caused by various factors. Friction is the primary culprit, often resulting from poorly fitting shoes that rub against the skin. Excessive moisture from sweat can soften the skin, making it more prone to blistering. Prolonged activity, such as running or hiking, increases the likelihood of blisters due to continuous friction and pressure. Heat and humidity exacerbate the problem, as damp skin is more susceptible to damage. Additionally, wearing socks that do not wick away moisture or that bunch up can also contribute to blister formation. Understanding these causes helps in taking preventive measures, such as choosing well-fitted, breathable footwear and moisture-wicking socks. Foot blisters can be common, and may become infected if not cared for properly. If this applies to you, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can offer effective treatment solutions for infected blisters.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Deborah Rosenfeld of Rosenfeld Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Marlton, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 03 July 2024 00:00

Constant care and regular evaluation are important for a foot or ankle fracture. If left untreated, foot or ankle fractures can worsen over time and create more serious problems.

Don't wait to be examined if you believe you've experienced a foot or ankle fracture.

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Ankle-foot orthosis, or AFO, is the most commonly prescribed orthosis for individuals with foot drop and various ankle and foot problems. This medical device supports the foot and ankle, improving stability and mobility. Made from lightweight, durable materials such as plastic, carbon fiber, or a combination, AFOs provide a custom fit tailored to the patient's specific needs. They function by holding the foot in a fixed position, preventing it from dragging while walking, thereby reducing the risk of tripping. AFOs are essential for individuals with conditions like a stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other neurological disorders that cause muscle weakness. By offering essential support and enhancing gait, AFOs significantly improve the quality of life for those with foot drop and related ankle and foot issues. If you have a specific ankle condition, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine if an ankle-foot orthosis is the right choice for you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Deborah Rosenfeld from Rosenfeld Podiatry. Our doctor 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 office located in Marlton, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

An Achilles tendon tear, whether partial or complete, is a serious injury often caused by sudden, forceful movements during sports or activities. Symptoms of an Achilles tendon tear include sharp pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty pointing the foot or standing on tiptoe. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the tear. Partial tears can often be managed conservatively with immobilization using a cast, splint, brace, or walking boot. This is followed by a structured rehabilitation program to restore strength and flexibility gradually. Complete tears typically require surgical intervention to reattach the tendon ends and ensure optimal healing. Following surgery, a thorough rehabilitation plan is essential to regain full function and reduce the risk of re-injury. If you suspect an Achilles tendon tear or experience symptoms like sudden pain and restricted movement, it is suggested that you seek an appointment with a podiatrist for a full exam and tailored treatment plan.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Deborah Rosenfeld of Rosenfeld Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Marlton, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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