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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Idiopathic toe walking, as it's called, occurs when a child continues to favor their toes for walking or running. This behavior, if left unchecked, can lead to tight calf muscles and decreased ankle movement. However, there are methods to address toe walking effectively. For children under six, treatment may involve calf stretches, Achilles tendon stretches, and sit-to-stand exercises. Older children may benefit from calf stretches, marching in place, and walking uphill. Other exercises include walking on uneven surfaces, heel walking, and squats. These aim to stretch and strengthen the calf muscles, while promoting a heel-to-toe walking pattern. It is important for parents to identify toe walking early to prevent potential complications, such as muscle tightness and weakness. If your child exhibits persistent toe walking beyond three years of age, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can assess the extent of your child's condition, and provide recommendations tailored to their specific needs. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Robert Fink of Brunswick Foot & Ankle Group. Our doctor 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 office located in North Brunswick, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 09 June 2024 00:00

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Fashion trends often dictate footwear choices, but some styles can take a toll on foot health, particularly for women. High heels, revered for their elegance and sophistication, are notorious culprits in causing a myriad of foot problems. The elevated heel places excessive pressure on the forefoot, leading to issues like bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas. Moreover, prolonged wear of high heels can shorten the Achilles tendon, contributing to calf tightness and discomfort. The narrow toe box squeezes toes together, increasing the risk of ingrown toenails and corns. Additionally, high heels alter the body's natural alignment, leading to lower back pain and postural imbalances. Despite their allure, high heels can wreak havoc on foot anatomy and function. Opting for footwear with lower heels and adequate arch support can help reduce these risks while still maintaining style. Wearing high heels may cause foot pain, and there are a variety of foot conditions that can develop. If this applies to you, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can treat foot ailments from high heel use.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Robert Fink from Brunswick Foot & Ankle Group. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Diagnosing Achilles tendon ruptures involves a combination of clinical evaluation and imaging tests. The Achilles tendon, the largest tendon in the body, connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. A rupture occurs when this tendon tears, often due to sudden or forceful movements during sports or activities that place excessive stress on the tendon. Symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture typically include a sudden, sharp pain in the back of the ankle or calf, accompanied by swelling and difficulty walking or standing on tiptoe. While this injury can happen to anyone, factors such as age, sports participation, and pre-existing foot problems like flat feet or tendonitis may increase the risk. Treatment options include conservative measures like immobilization to more advanced options, like surgical repair for severe cases. If you have injured your Achilles tendon, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Robert Fink of Brunswick Foot & Ankle Group. 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 North Brunswick, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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