Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

A bunionette is a bony bump on the base of the 5th, or pinky, toe. Bunionettes are not pretty and not always problematic, but they sometimes can cause severe pain. For instance, they can make trying on shoes more difficult. A callus may form at the site of the bunionette, as a result of rubbing against a shoe. In other cases, inflammation of the joint can join with the bunionette to produce pain. In many cases, a bunionette forms on only one foot, but may appear on both feet. If a bunionette becomes problematic, surgery is a treatment option. Non-surgical treatment includes avoiding pointy-toed shoes, which tend to aggravate the condition. One can also wear pads on the area to cushion the bone inside a shoe. Other non-surgical methods include orthotics, which correct gait problems and other side effects of having a bunionette, as well as certain medications to relieve pain. If you need assistance in dealing with a painful bunionette, please consult a podiatrist who can offer appropriate treatment options. 

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. John Branwell of Kearny, 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 Kearny, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

Morton’s neuroma can be a painful foot condition that results from inflammation of one of the nerves, which is typically found between the third and fourth toes. People who frequently wear high heels may be at risk of developing this ailment due to inadequate room for the toes to move freely. Additionally, people who participate in high-impact sporting activities, like running and basketball, may be prone to Morton’s neuroma. The common symptoms associated with this condition consist of the sensation of having a pebble in the shoe, as well as a numbing or tingling feeling that spreads to the toes. Relief may come from wearing shoes that fit correctly, and it may help to wear custom-made orthotics. If you are suffering from Morton’s neuroma, please consult with a podiatrist who can offer you various treatment techniques.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. John Branwell of Kearny, New Jersey. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Many people often neglect the care of their feet during the winter months. This may lead to reluctance in purchasing summer shoes, and having exposed feet at the beach or at the pool. There are simple everyday foot care practices that can alleviate the need to hide the feet. These include washing and drying the feet daily, followed by using a good moisturizer. Additionally, it is beneficial to properly have the nails trimmed regularly by cutting them at an angle. This may help to reduce the risk of developing an ingrown toenail. The feet will generally feel good when the correct size shoes are worn, which is determined by properly measuring the feet. It is suggested to keep the feet as dry as possible, which may help to prevent a fungal infection from starting. If you would like more information about the importance of and how to practice an effective foot care routine, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. John Branwell from Kearny, New Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Monday, 19 September 2022 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.

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