Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Ankle osteoarthritis typically arises after an ankle injury, causing persistent pain, swelling, stiffness, and reduced flexibility. Treatment options of ankle osteoarthritis aim to alleviate symptoms and improve joint function, with a focus on enhancing range of motion and strengthening supportive muscles. Low-impact exercises like swimming and biking also help to reduce stress on the joint. Weight management plays an important role, and even a modest weight loss offers significant pain relief. Supportive footwear and custom orthotics can provide stability and cushioning, while easing discomfort. Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and NSAIDs, may offer temporary relief, though long-term use requires caution. Surgery, such as joint stabilization or ankle replacement, remains a last resort, especially for younger patients. Seeking timely medical intervention and adopting a comprehensive treatment approach tailored to individual needs is vital. If you are suffering from ankle osteoarthritis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment options. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Yeon A. Shim from Roselle Podiatry Group. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Roselle, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

A broken ankle, medically termed ankle fracture, poses significant risks and complications, particularly for active individuals and the elderly. Active individuals are often at risk due to participation in high-impact activities, while the elderly are susceptible due to factors such as decreased bone density and balance issues. One potential complication of a broken ankle is the development of osteoarthritis in the affected joint over time. This occurs due to the disruption of the joint's normal structure and function during the healing process, leading to cartilage degeneration and subsequent pain and stiffness. Elderly individuals, especially those with diabetes, are also prone to complications such as wound healing issues and infections, which can prolong recovery and increase the risk of further complications. Treatment for a broken ankle typically involves immobilization with a cast or brace and pain management. If you have sustained an ankle fracture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide comprehensive care, including monitoring for complications, optimizing rehabilitation, and providing long-term management for optimal foot health.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Yeon A. Shim from Roselle Podiatry Group. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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

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Wednesday, 08 May 2024 00:00

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Pregnancy often brings about foot pain and lower limb changes due to increased weight and altered body mechanics as the baby grows. These changes can lead to swelling, varicose veins, and changes in foot structure. A common issue is flattened arches, which may cause pain and discomfort. Supportive and comfortable footwear, avoiding standing for prolonged periods, and elevating feet to reduce swelling are suggested to alleviate symptoms. Compression stockings can also help manage swelling and prevent varicose veins. Gentle exercise, like walking or swimming, can improve circulation and reduce leg cramps. Consulting with a podiatrist, or foot doctor, is important to get targeted treatment advice. Podiatrists can also prescribe orthotics or specific exercises to strengthen the feet and legs during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and struggling with foot pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for treatment options. 

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Dr. Yeon A. Shim from Roselle Podiatry Group. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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