Wednesday, 17 April 2024 00:00

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

A surgical procedure aimed at relieving pain from bone spurs on the top of the big toe is called a cheilectomy. The pain is the result of arthritis that also causes stiffness in the big toe, termed hallux rigidus. Typically considered after non-surgical interventions, a cheilectomy involves the careful removal of bone spurs to alleviate discomfort and improve range of motion. Whether performed under general or local anesthesia, the procedure usually allows for a same-day operation. Following surgery, treatment often starts with gentle toe movements and stretching exercises to prevent stiffness. The recovery period typically spans six to eight weeks. While individual recovery time may vary, the primary goal of restoring function and alleviating pain are the focus. If you have persistent pain and limited mobility in your big toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and personalized treatment plan, which may include surgery. 

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Kenneth Donovan of Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Warren, Livingston, and Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Podiatrists specialize in treating foot conditions, including the common yet painful issue of ingrown toenails. These occur when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing discomfort, redness, and even infection. When treating an ingrown toenail, a podiatrist may start with conservative treatments, such as properly trimming the nail, lifting it from the skin, and recommending appropriate footwear to alleviate pressure. In cases where the ingrown toenail is recurrent or severe, a podiatrist may perform a minor surgical procedure under local anesthesia to remove part of the nail. This professional intervention not only addresses the immediate pain and infection but can also prevent recurrence of ingrown nails in that area. Patients can usually return to their daily activities quickly and comfortably, with minimal risk of complications. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for treatment. 

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Kenneth Donovan of Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

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

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Diagnosing the cause of heel pain usually involves a comprehensive approach to identify the underlying issue accurately. First, a podiatrist will conduct a detailed medical history and physical examination, focusing on the foot to assess pain location, tenderness, and the presence of any swelling or abnormalities. The doctor may ask about the type of pain experienced, its onset, and any activities that exacerbate or relieve it. To further pinpoint the cause of heel pain, imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI scans, or ultrasounds may be utilized. These tools help a podiatrist visualize the internal structure of the foot, revealing issues like plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, or other soft tissue injuries. In certain cases, blood tests might be ordered to rule out systemic conditions, such as arthritis or gout, that can cause heel pain. Through this process, podiatrists can determine the specific cause of heel pain, allowing them to devise a targeted treatment plan that addresses the root of the problem. If you are suffering from heel pain, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today to begin the diagnostic process. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Donovan of Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

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

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