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Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

The development of children's feet is a remarkable journey marked by significant milestones and fascinating facts. At birth, babies' feet are soft and pliable, primarily composed of cartilage and fat pads. As children grow, their feet undergo various changes to support their increasing mobility and weight-bearing activities. By the age of two, the arches of the feet begin to form, providing stability and flexibility for walking and running. Children's feet can grow up to two sizes in a year during early childhood, and many parents marvel at how rapidly they develop.  Another intriguing fact is that children's feet are more susceptible to deformities like flat feet or toe abnormalities due to their growing bones and ligaments. Proper footwear and regular foot checks are essential for monitoring healthy foot development and addressing any concerns early on. Understanding the intricacies of kids' feet empowers parents and caregivers to support their children's foot health and overall well-being as they embark on their journey of growth and exploration. If your child is experiencing foot problems or you are interested in learning more about the changes in your child’s feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide you with treatment or the information you are seeking.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Henry Miller of New Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Bunions develop due to prolonged stress on the metatarsophalangeal joint, often resulting from wearing ill-fitting shoes that force the big toe inward. This pressure causes the first metatarsal to angle outward and the big toe to point in the opposite direction, forming a noticeable bump. Additionally, genetic factors, low arches, flat feet, loose joints, and arthritis can contribute to bunion formation. Narrow, pointed-toe, or high-heeled footwear, commonly worn by women, can also heighten the risk. Furthermore, running in shoes with tapered toe boxes and elevated heels may exacerbate bunions over time. Bunions can lead to pain, discomfort, and even deformities such as hammertoes or corns. Prevention strategies include wearing wide-toed shoes, avoiding high heels, using toe spacers, and performing bunion massages to alleviate symptoms and prevent further complications. If you have a painful bunion, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and treatment that is best for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. Henry Miller of New Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

A broken foot, also known as a foot fracture, is a common injury that can occur due to various causes and manifests with distinct symptoms. Trauma from accidents, falls, or sports injuries is a primary culprit behind foot fractures, leading to cracks or breaks in the bones. Symptoms of a broken foot include pain, swelling, and bruising around the affected area, making weight-bearing difficult or impossible. Patients may also experience tenderness to touch, deformity, or an audible snap or pop at the time of injury. In severe cases, the broken bone may protrude through the skin, causing an open fracture. Recognizing these symptoms is vital for a prompt diagnosis and treatment, which may involve immobilization, pain management, and in some cases, surgical intervention to ensure proper healing and restoration of foot function. If you suspect you have broken your foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can confirm the diagnosis, and offer treatment that is best suited for you.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Henry Miller from New Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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Monday, 12 February 2024 00:00

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