Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Skin cancer can present itself as tumors that grow in the skin. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and develops in the melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin or pigment that gives skin its color. Melanoma can spread to other parts of the body, so it is imperative that treatment is sought quickly. Such skin cancer can occur on the feet or toenails. Those with fair skin, who are sensitive to sunlight, have a history of severe sunburn before age 18, have pre-existing moles on their feet, have many moles on their bodies, and have a family history of skin cancer are more apt to develop foot melanomas. These melanomas are often overlooked because feet tend to be neglected and people do not examine them on a regular basis. If you have a suspicious mole on your foot that appears to have changed over time, especially if you are in a high-risk group, it is suggested you see a podiatrist as soon as possible to have it checked out.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Chester Klimek, DPM of Kinetic Edge Foot & 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 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, 29 November 2022 00:00

The pandemic may have contributed to the increase in running injuries that have occurred throughout the nation, and this may be a result of gyms that couldn't open. Training may have been compromised, and patients would begin to run on pavement without a proper warm-up or cool-down. Research has shown that it is easier to prevent running injuries than it is to treat them, and this can be accomplished in several ways. It is beneficial to increase speed and distance gradually, which can prepare the body for running longer distances. Stress fractures are a common injury among people who enjoy running, and many people choose to ignore the aches and pains that are associated with this type of injury. It may be prevented by wearing shoes that fit correctly and resting the body for a day between runs. Additionally, running injuries may be avoided by keeping the body strong through strength training, and high repetitions while lifting lighter weights may be effective in achieving this. If you are interested in pursuing running, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward practicing the right running injury prevention techniques. 

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Chester Klimek, DPM of Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

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 care needs.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

One of the most painful foot conditions is considered to be an ingrown toenail. It happens when the nail grows into the sides of the skin instead of over it. The noticeable signs that an ingrown toenail has developed can include pain when the affected nail is touched, swelling, redness, and a discharge may come from the nail. There are various reasons why an ingrown toenail can develop, consisting of wearing shoes that are too tight, having feet that sweat profusely, or cutting the toenails incorrectly. Some patients find it helpful to soak the affected foot in warm water, and this can make it easier to pull the nail away from the skin. This is a temporary solution, and should not be confused with consulting a podiatrist for permanent relief. This type of doctor can prescribe an antibiotic for an existing infected nail, and offer treatment that may include surgery. It is strongly advised that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer you the best way to find permanent relief. 

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 Chester Klimek, DPM of Kinetic Edge Foot & 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 our offices located in Wallington, Cranford, and Fort Lee, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 20 November 2022 00:00

Ingrown toenails can be painful and can make wearing shoes or walking uncomfortable. Seek professional help if you believe you've developed an ingrown toenail and be treated safely. 

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