Tuesday, 16 August 2022 00:00

A stress fracture is considered to be a hairline fracture. It can happen in the foot, and is often the result of participating in running and jumping activities. It occurs when the bones become fatigued, and cannot support the shock that comes from activity. It generally develops gradually, and many people tend to ignore the pain and discomfort that often accompanies this type of injury. Common symptoms that many patients notice include swelling at the end of the day, and it is difficult to walk as the fracture gets worse. Relief may be found when a boot is worn, and this may provide adequate support as the healing process occurs. This typically takes approximately six weeks, and is further evaluated to see if additional treatment is needed. Mild stretches may accelerate the healing process, which may be beneficial in strengthening the overall foot. If you have foot pain and feel it may be a stress fracture, please confer with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can diagnose and treat this condition.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Chester Klimek, DPM from Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Wallington, Cranford, and Fort Lee, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

If you have a job that requires standing on your feet all day, you may think you just need to get used to foot pain, heel pain, swelling, blisters, back pain, sore muscles, and more. Not true! There are many things you can, and should, do to protect your feet and stay comfortable. The best thing you can do is invest in a good pair of shoes that offer proper support in your arch and heel, while giving your toes plenty of room to move. A pair of customized orthotics from a podiatrist can boost your level of comfort and support, while correcting any alignment issues that might be causing stress throughout your body. Also, take every break you are allowed to, and use the opportunity to get off your feet, while stretching and elevating them. Additionally, strengthening your foot and leg muscles through exercise will build up their endurance and help you better prepare your entire body for a long day’s work. Check with your podiatrist for further measures and foot care that will help you remain comfortable and healthy while standing at work. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Chester Klimek, DPM from Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Wallington, Cranford, and Fort Lee, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

People who have diabetes often have difficulty in feeling cuts, bruises, and scrapes on their feet. This may be a result of elevated blood sugar levels that can cause neuropathy, and this may lead to existing cuts becoming infected and foot ulcers developing. Nerve damage is common among diabetic patients, and can cause a loss of feeling in the feet. Additionally, some patients may experience a tingling sensation. Effective methods that may help the feet to stay healthy can include washing and drying the feet daily, always wearing shoes that fit well, and trimming the toenails correctly. Diabetic patients may notice their feet can feel better when they wiggle the toes occasionally, as this is helpful in promoting good blood circulation. It is beneficial to stay as active as possible by swimming, walking, or riding a bike frequently. When the feet are checked at every health care visit, existing cuts may be noticed and treated promptly. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition and offer effective treatment methods.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Chester Klimek, DPM from Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Wallington, Cranford, and Fort Lee, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2022 00:00

People who have flat feet may notice their gait is affected by their abnormal foot structure. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops in the teenage years. Adults who have flat feet may have acquired this condition genetically, and certain stretches can be done that may help existing pain and stiffness. There are two shin muscles that contribute to the shape of the arch. An effective stretch is called the “windshield wiper” and can be done by sitting in a chair, followed by lifting the toes toward the shin, and away from the body. After holding this stretch for a few seconds, return to the original position. The toes can be brought up again facing inward toward the body. Many people enjoy practicing the “towel scrunch” by placing their feet on a towel while sitting in a chair. The toes are curled as the towel gets scrunched, and this is continued until the far edge of the towel is under the foot. There are many exercises that can help flat feet, and if you are afflicted with this condition, please consult with a podiatrist.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Chester Klimek, DPM from Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Wallington, Cranford, and Fort Lee, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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