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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

As people age, their feet undergo several natural changes that can affect both their function and appearance. The skin on your feet tends to become thinner and loses its elasticity, making it more susceptible to dryness and cracks. The fat pads that cushion the bottoms of your feet may diminish, leading to increased sensitivity and discomfort when walking or standing. Additionally, your toenails often grow more slowly, often becoming thicker and more brittle over time. Joint mobility might decrease, causing stiffness and reduced flexibility. Circulation to the lower extremities can also decline, contributing to slower healing of cuts or blisters. Foot conditions that may develop with age include osteoarthritis and gout. These changes are a normal part of aging, and maintaining proper foot care, such as regular moisturizing, wearing supportive footwear, and staying active can help ease some of these effects. If you are elderly or are caring for an older person, it is suggested that you include a podiatrist on your healthcare team who can perform routine foot examinations.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Scott Shrem from Garden State Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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Friday, 12 July 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, 09 July 2024 00:00

Diabetes significantly impacts wound healing, particularly in the feet, due to high blood sugar levels that impair circulation and immune response. Diabetes is a chronic condition where the body cannot regulate blood sugar properly, leading to various complications. In diabetics, poor blood circulation reduces the delivery of oxygen and nutrients essential for healing, while neuropathy, or nerve damage, diminishes the sensation, making it harder to notice injuries. As a result, even minor foot wounds can progress to serious ulcers or infections if left untreated. Foot wounds in diabetic patients often occur due to friction, pressure, or minor trauma, exacerbated by poorly fitting shoes or neglect. To prevent and treat these wounds, maintain proper foot hygiene, inspect feet daily for injuries, and manage blood sugar levels rigorously. Wearing well-fitted shoes and avoiding walking barefoot can also help prevent injuries. If you have diabetes and have persistent wounds or complications, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist. These healthcare providers specialize in diabetic foot care, providing tailored treatment and preventing severe outcomes.

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 Dr. Scott Shrem from Garden State Foot & Ankle Center. 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 office located in Hazlet, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Identifying common foot problems is essential for maintaining optimum foot health and overall mobility. Issues such as bunions, characterized by a bony bump at the base of the big toe, and plantar fasciitis, marked by heel pain due to inflammation, are frequent concerns. Athlete's foot presents with itching, burning, and cracked skin between the toes. Corns and calluses, resulting from repeated pressure or friction, appear as thickened, hardened skin. Ingrown toenails, where the nail grows into the surrounding skin, cause pain and swelling. Foot pain or discomfort, visible deformities, persistent swelling, and changes in skin or nail appearance are clear indicators of these conditions. Early recognition and appropriate treatment, such as wearing proper footwear, maintaining hygiene, and seeking medical advice from a podiatrist are good ways to prevent complications. If you have any type of foot pain or condition, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Scott Shrem  from Garden State Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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