Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Wearing the right shoes while landscaping is essential for both safety and comfort. Proper footwear provides the necessary support and protection for your feet during strenuous outdoor activities. Landscaping often involves uneven terrain, sharp tools, and heavy lifting, making sturdy shoes with good traction vital to prevent slips and falls. Shoes with reinforced toes and durable materials protect against injuries from tools or debris. Additionally, supportive shoes help reduce fatigue and prevent foot and ankle strain, enabling you to work longer and more efficiently. Good arch support and cushioning also contribute to overall foot health, reducing the risk of chronic conditions like plantar fasciitis. Investing in high-quality, appropriate footwear ensures that you can tackle landscaping tasks safely and comfortably. If you have injured your foot from wearing the wrong shoes while landscaping, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can treat the condition and discuss what type of shoes are needed while landscaping.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Ronald Sheppard from Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. 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 one of our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 12 June 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

With age, the risk of falling becomes a significant concern for many seniors. Studies show that foot pain and foot posture have emerged as potential contributors to falling among the elderly. It is believed that seniors experiencing severe foot pain, along with those having flat feet, are more prone to recurrent falls. While not every fall can be attributed to foot issues, multiple falls often correlate with foot pain and posture problems. These factors increase the risk of serious consequences, such as hospitalization and loss of independence. A significant percentage of individuals over 65 experience at least one fall a year, and this number rises even higher for those aged 75 and older. By tackling foot pain and posture issues, seniors may help to reduce the occurrence of falls and enhance their overall quality. If you are grappling with foot pain or concerned about foot posture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to address these problems and reduce the risk of falls.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Ronald Sheppard from Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Fungal toenail infections, although not typically serious, can be quite persistent and challenging to treat. These infections often begin at the edge of the toenail, gradually spreading and causing the nail to become brittle, thickened, and discolored. You may notice your nails turning yellow or white, becoming crumbly, and even lifting off the nail bed, which can be accompanied by swelling and pain. Risk factors include consistently warm and damp feet, wearing tight or non-breathable shoes, and sharing personal items like nail clippers or towels. Untreated fungal toenails can lead to more serious health issues, and for severe or resistant fungal toenail infections, minor surgical procedures to remove the affected nail might be necessary. If you suspect a fungal toenail infection, especially if you have underlying health conditions, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to begin a tailored treatment plan.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Ronald Sheppard of Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

 

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