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The Difference Between Custom and OTC Orthotics Nov 1st, 2021

Your feet bear the brunt of your weight all day, every day. This can lead to painful foot conditions, or just overall discomfort. Since you need to walk, finding some form of relief is vital to your busy schedule. Orthotics could be just what your feet need to keep going....

If You Have Diabetes, Your Feet Are in Danger Oct 3rd, 2021

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 10 Americans suffers from diabetes, a condition in which the body isn’t able to adequately use glucose for energy. Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you may be already aware of the harm that elevated blood...

The Science Behind Cold Laser Therapy for Pain Relief Sep 5th, 2021

Laser therapies now abound for many medical treatments, and that includes podiatry. You may have heard of laser surgeries or laser skin toning, but what about laser pain relief? There are now effective pain relief therapies available for a number of foot problems using FDA-cleared MLS Laser therapy, also known...

Your High Heels Could Be Ruining Your Feet Aug 11th, 2021

There’s no denying: high heels just aren’t as comfortable as other shoes. Even though high heels sales have been declining, approximately four out of 10 women still sport these trendy shoes daily. High heels might complete your ensemble, but they might be ruining your feet, too.  Our podiatrists at Family...

Fungal Problems of the Feet: Signs and Treatments Jul 14th, 2021

Not only are your feet incredibly hard-working, they’re also prone to fungal infections that range from a mild nuisance to a downright pain in the foot. The two most common fungal infections that can strike your feet are toenail fungus and athlete’s foot, which have very different symptoms. At Family...

Ankle Injuries: When Is It Time to See a Podiatrist? Jun 1st, 2021

About 23,000 people in the United States sprain their ankles badly enough every day that they need to see a doctor. That fairly astounding figure doesn’t account for all of the other types of ankle injuries you can suffer. Our expert team of podiatrists diagnoses and treats ankle injuries at...

How Arthritis Can Affect Your Feet May 4th, 2021

There are over 100 different types of arthritis. The two most common varieties are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by the natural deterioration of your joints with age, and rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which your body mistakenly attacks the lining of your joints. No matter...

Lifestyle Habits That Make Morton’s Neuroma Worse Apr 8th, 2021

Morton’s neuroma refers to the chronic swelling (or thickening) of the tissue that surrounds the nerves between your third and fourth toes. It can cause burning sensations, pain, numbness, and the sensation that you’re walking on a pebble.  The podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey are...

How Gout Can Affect Your Feet Mar 10th, 2021

Over 8 million people in the US have gout. This inflammatory form of arthritis happens when you have too much uric acid in your blood. And while all forms of arthritis can impact your feet, gout can especially.  At Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey, our expert podiatrists...

The Importance of Having a Podiatrist on Your Diabetes Care Team Feb 9th, 2021

Diabetes affects more than 30 million people in the United States. It’s a dangerous disease that, if not managed correctly, can cause a host of debilitating and deadly complications. Foot infections are a common diabetes complication. In fact, diabetic-related foot complications account for more than 50% of foot amputations in...

5 Effective Ways to Treat Plantar Fasciitis Jan 1st, 2021

Plantar fasciitis causes a distinct, stabbing pain in your heel that’s especially noticeable first thing in the morning but can plague you all day long. The condition occurs when your plantar fascia — a thick band of connective tissue that connects your toes to your heel — becomes inflamed. Overuse,...

4 Symptoms of Athlete's Foot Dec 1st, 2020

Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection that affects the foot, and if it’s left untreated, it can spread to the surrounding areas.  Unless you have a dysfunctional immune system, athlete’s foot isn’t a serious medical issue. However, it can cause severe discomfort, and it’s highly contagious.  To prevent the...

5 Ways Custom Orthotics Can Improve Your Life Nov 1st, 2020

Custom orthotics can change the way you feel about your feet. At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we evaluate your feet and customize these inserts to help reduce pain from a number of conditions and reform your foot function. Custom orthotics are far superior to one-size-fits-all versions...

When Does an Ingrown Toenail Require Medical Treatment? Oct 12th, 2020

An ingrown toenail can cause pain, redness, and swelling. Sometimes, these symptoms can be relieved by soaking your feet or cutting your toenails differently. Other times, an ingrown toenail needs medical attention to prevent an infection that could cause serious foot problems. At Family Foot and Ankle Center of South...

Why Do I Keep Getting Nail Fungus? Sep 10th, 2020

Medically called onychomycosis, nail fungus causes the nails to become thick, discolored, and crumbling at the edges. As many as 10% of all adults in Western nations have some fungal infection of the nails, and that increases to 20% for those who are over 60. It’s more common, though, to...

Your Summer Guide to Preventing Athlete's Foot Aug 4th, 2020

When the summer sun starts to blaze, it’s normal to want to be outdoors, active, and as unencumbered as possible. For many, that means throwing off their shoes or sandals and cooling off in places like swimming pools and the waves at the beach. Unfortunately, going barefoot in public places...

8 Conditions that Benefit from Cold Laser Therapy Jul 17th, 2020

Foot problems can really stop you in your tracks and keep you from conducting your normal activities. If you suffer from recurring pain or a foot condition that impacts your quality of life, you might be a candidate for cold laser therapy.  At Family Foot and Ankle Center of South...

How Custom Orthotics Can Help Your Feet and Joints Jun 18th, 2020

When your feet hurt, life’s a drag. Sore feet can make moving painful and cause problems throughout your body. Luckily, custom orthotics can relieve feet and joint discomfort. The experienced team at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey understands the important part your feet play in your life....

How to Prevent Ingrown Toenails May 22nd, 2020

If you’ve ever dealt with an ingrown toenail, know that you’re not alone. Experts estimate that about 18% of adults have experienced an ingrown toenail at some point during their lives. One reason why the number is so high is that ingrown toenails can develop for several reasons. While that...

5 Tips to Prevent Spring Sports Injuries Mar 17th, 2020

Many of us welcome spring as a time to renew our passion for the outdoors and outdoor sports. Prevent indoor and outdoor sports injuries by following a few simple tips. Our caring podiatrists, Joseph DiMenna, DPM, David DiMenna, DPM, and Joseph Bakanas, DPM, at the Family Foot and Ankle Center...

Understanding Morton's Neuroma Symptoms and Treatment Feb 1st, 2020

If you suffer from ongoing pain, tingling, or numbness between your third and fourth toes, or even second or third ones (the first toe being the largest), you may suffer from a benign condition known as Morton’s neuroma. Named for the 19th-century American surgeon, Thomas George Morton, it can be...

High Heels and Hammertoe: What's the Connection? Jan 16th, 2020

Do you love how you look in high heels, but often suffer from blisters or sores after wearing them? Before you don another pair, you should know the connection between heels and the common foot deformity known as hammertoe. The doctors at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey...

How Does Diabetes Affect Your Feet? Dec 1st, 2019

Diabetes can cause a wide range of serious complications related to your feet. The impact is so dramatic that the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) recommends daily foot inspection to identify problems before they cause serious consequences. It’s sound advice that can prevent catastrophic results. With diabetes,...

Living With Plantar Fasciitis Nov 1st, 2019

Pain in your heel or sole of your foot can come on gradually, or all at once. Maybe you have foot pain resulting from plantar fasciitis and not even know it. The tissue that runs along the sole of your foot is called the plantar fascia. When it gets irritated...

How to Keep a Sprained Ankle From Becoming Chronic Instability Oct 1st, 2019

Have you recently hurt your ankle? Does it seem like no matter how much rest you get your ankle is still not healing? It’s possible you could have damaged the ligaments where your Achilles tendon connects your heel and calf muscles, which makes ordinary movements tender or painful. At Family Foot...

Did You Know Custom Orthotics Can Remedy Chronic Back Pain? Sep 1st, 2019

Suffering from chronic back pain? You’re not alone. More than 31 million Americans struggle back pain, and about 8% of all Americans have chronic back pain. Most people with low back pain recover in a few weeks, but for many others, it keeps coming back, making it difficult to navigate...

3 Types of Foot Pain Remedied by Laser Treatments Aug 1st, 2019

Do you suffer from foot pain? Then you know how uncomfortable it can be. The constant burning sensation, numbness, and pain make it difficult to complete even the simplest of tasks. The good news is that laser treatments are an effective way to reduce chronic foot pain, so you can...

5 Tips for Preventing Athlete’s Foot this Summer Jul 12th, 2019

The first thing you need to know about athlete’s foot is that you don’t have to be an athlete to get it. It’s common among people who participate in sports because their feet are often confined to damp, sweaty shoes for long periods of time. But you can get athlete’s...

Remedy Ugly Yellow Toenail Fungus Before Sandal Season Jun 14th, 2019

With summer almost here, it’s time for bathing suits, barbeques, and backyard parties. And along with these summer favorites is something that 35 million Americans dread every time the weather gets nice. Sandal season! When you suffer from toenail fungus, it can may your toenails turn yellow and thick and...

TYPES OF ARTHRITIS THAT CAN AFFECT THE FEET May 20th, 2019

The medical condition that is known as arthritis often causes pain and swelling in the joints of the toes. The toes may have difficulty in bending upwards or may permanently become bent in a downward position. Walking may be challenging, in addition to standing flat on the floor. The most common form...

DO I HAVE FLAT FEET? May 13th, 2019

The condition known as flat feet occurs when the arch is absent from the foot. This may happen as a result of the aging process, which can cause the arches to drop, in addition to genetic factors. The symptoms that are associated with flat feet may include pain in the heel and other...

FOOT CONDITIONS MAY AFFECT THE ELDERLY May 6th, 2019

Research has indicated that one of the reasons elderly people develop uncomfortable foot conditions can come from a loss of cushioning in the feet. Additionally, as the aging process occurs, poor circulation is a common ailment among seniors. This can make it difficult for foot sores to heal properly. This condition may...

HOW PLANTAR WARTS ARE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER WARTS May 5th, 2019

Warts are very common and come in many different forms. Plantar warts, also known as verrucae warts, differ from most other warts for various reasons. They only form on the sole of the foot and are a result of the human papillomavirus (HPV). They can easily be caught in places where...

ARE BUNIONS GENETIC? Apr 15th, 2019

A large bony protrusion on the side of the big toe is indicative of a condition that is referred to as a bunion. Foot pain may be a common symptom if a bunion exists, and it may be difficult to wear shoes. There are several reasons why bunions may develop. These...

THE EASE OF WEARING FLIP FLOPS Apr 8th, 2019

For many women, one of the first signs of summer may include wearing flip flops. The lack of laces makes them simple to wear, and can be considered favorite shoes to wear in warm weather. There are several negative aspects flip flops have, and these may include the absence of an...

IS ATHLETE’S FOOT CONTAGIOUS? Apr 1st, 2019

A fungal infection that is referred to as athlete’s foot can be uncomfortable and painful. The most common place for this condition to develop is between the toes, which may cause severe itching. The skin may become dry and flaky, and many patients notice a burning or stinging sensation. This ailment is...

HAVE I BROKEN MY FOOT? Mar 25th, 2019

If you have fallen or twisted your ankle, you may have broken your foot. There are numerous bones, ligaments and tendons that are located in each foot, and one or more may easily fracture if falling occurs. There are several symptoms that may be associated with a broken foot. These may...

CAUSES OF BLISTERS Mar 18th, 2019

A blister that develops on the foot can be painful and uncomfortable. It is most likely caused by excessive friction that occurs in one area of the skin. The outer layer of the skin disintegrates, and a small pocket of fluid forms over the raw skin. This is the body’s natural defense...

SPOTTING CUBOID SYNDROME Mar 11th, 2019

Cuboid syndrome is caused by partial dislocation of bones in the middle of the foot. Someone with cuboid syndrome usually feels pain around the middle of the foot or at the base of their toes. There are some symptoms of this condition that, when coupled together, can help to identify cuboid syndrome. Pain...

TYPES OF FOOT AND ANKLE INJURIES Feb 25th, 2019

Many children may endure foot and ankle injuries if they are involved in sporting activities. These may include basketball or football, which may involve a sudden change of direction. Gymnasts may have increased chances of having foot or ankle problems, and this may be a result of jumping up and landing on...

WHERE IS THE ACHILLES TENDON LOCATED? Feb 18th, 2019

The largest tendon in the body is referred to as the Achilles tendon. It is located in the back of the calf, and it’s function is to connect the lower leg to the heel of the foot. Most tendons have the ability to stretch, and inflammation may occur if this tendon...

HOW TO AVOID FALLING AS AN OLDER ADULT Feb 11th, 2019

Falling is a fear that many older adults face, because the consequences can lead to complicated difficulties in the future. Older adults are at a higher risk for falling because of other ailments they face such as, muscle weakness, balance problems, and issues with blood pressure when standing up. Confusion may also...

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BROKEN FOOT Feb 4th, 2019

A broken foot is one of the most debilitating injuries one can face, due to the fact that it hinders your ability to walk. A speedy recovery is ideal when dealing with broken bones, especially when it comes to broken bones within the feet. The recovery period is usually 6-8 weeks, but...

MOISTURIZING MAY HELP CRACKED HEELS Jan 28th, 2019

The medical term that is referred to as cracked heels may develop more frequently during the warmer months, and this may be a result of wearing shoes that have an open back. Many of these types of sandals do not provide adequate support for the heel, and fissures, or cracks in the...

NOTICABLE SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE AN INGROWN TOENAIL Jan 21st, 2019

Our feet endure stress during most of the day as we accomplish daily activities. This may come from standing or walking for extended periods of time, and our feet will often tell us if something is amiss. One of these uncomfortable conditions is known as ingrown toenails, and this may often...

DOES WEARING ORTHOTICS HELP TO RELIEVE FOOT PAIN? Jan 14th, 2019

If you are experiencing foot pain as a result of disease or an arthritic condition, wearing custom-made orthotics may produce positive results. These are known as removable shoe inserts and may be helpful in providing moderate relief. The proper type and size of orthotics is determined by having an impression of the...

IS THERE A LINK BETWEEN WEARING HIGH HEELS AND PLANTAR FASCIITIS? Jan 7th, 2019

Women who enjoy wearing high heels are aware of the visual benefits from wearing this type of shoe, which may be a pleasing accessory to stylish clothing, or enhancing the shape of the foot. Research has shown that if high heels are frequently worn, the possibility of developing plantar fasciitis...

SEVERAL WAYS TO TREAT A BROKEN ANKLE Jan 2nd, 2019

If you have fallen unexpectedly or stepped abruptly off a curb, you may have had the displeasure of experiencing an ankle sprain. It is typically the result of the ankle suddenly twisting or rolling, which may move the ankle out of alignment. There are several ligaments that surround the ankle...

ARE BROKEN TOES A SERIOUS CONDITION? Dec 26th, 2018

The bones in the toe are known to be fragile, and may easily break if a foot injury occurs, or if something heavy is dropped on it. A broken toe is serious if the bone is protruding through the skin, which may make an infection likely to occur. There are common symptoms...

IS TOENAIL FUNGUS CONTAGIOUS? Dec 17th, 2018

Many people experience a condition that is known as toenail fungus at some point in their lives. If there are small cuts in the skin surrounding the toenail, fungus may enter the body and attack the nail bed. This contagious ailment is typically spread through walking barefoot on public locker room floors...