Items filtered by date: December 2022

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Foot Pain and the Effect on the Body

There are many reasons why any individual ought to take the health of their feet seriously. One of the most important reasons is because pain in the feet can often have consequential, secondary effects on the body. For example, when an individual is experiencing foot pain, they will often exhibit the effects of this pain by choosing to sit for longer periods of time throughout the day. Also, when an individual has foot pain, this will sometimes affect the way in which a person walks, altering their gait. This is so because foot pain can make an individual alter how they put weight on their feet, avoiding certain particularly vulnerable parts of the feet. However, this, of course, is not the way that it has to be. By consulting a podiatrist, an individual will be able to treat foot pain so that it does not affect how they walk. Consult a podiatrist today to make sure that you are doing all you can to take care of your feet. 

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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Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

Gout and the Feet

When the human body builds up too much uric acid, gout can occur. Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis which often begins in the big toe and can spread across the entire foot. Often gout can come on in the form of an attack. With inflammation and damage, severe pain and swelling can occur, range of motion can be negatively impacted, and the distance and direction of joint movement can decrease. This can make it hard to walk or even put shoes on. A person can incur permanent damage from gout where the joints do not fully function. There is currently not a cure for gout, but symptoms can be alleviated or at least managed if proper help is sought.  If you are experiencing pain in your big toe and you suspect you have gout, or you are not sure what the pain is from, seek the advice of a podiatrist who can diagnose the condition and provide proper treatment.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. John Branwell from Kearny, New Jersey. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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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Sunday, 18 December 2022 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

Athlete’s Foot in Teens

Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin infection that thrives in damp, warm environments. It can cause annoying and uncomfortable redness, rashes, and flakiness between the toes and on the soles of the feet. This condition is contagious and can spread to other parts of the body or other people who encounter it. Athlete’s foot can affect people of all ages. Teens are a high-risk group because they are likely to participate in sports, walk barefoot in public places, and not be as careful about grooming their feet. Athlete’s foot usually goes away in a couple of weeks. However, treatment might be longer, especially if it becomes infected or impacts the toenails. Teens should be taught to keep their feet clean and dry, wear shoes in warm, wet public spaces, switch up which shoes are worn often to prevent moisture buildup, and change socks to ones made of material that wicks moisture away regularly. If your teen has athlete’s foot, it is suggested you take them to see a podiatrist who can treat it most effectively and efficiently.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. John Branwell from Kearny, New Jersey.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Pain in the Arch

When an individual experiences foot pain, they ought to take note of where and how they are feeling the pain. This is so because foot pain can often tell us a great deal about what the underlying problem might be. An individual can experience pain in virtually all parts of their foot, and this can point to different potential sources of pain. Sometimes, an individual might experience pain in the inside or arch of their foot. This can be indicative of several different things. For example, one might experience arch pain because of structural issues perhaps caused by weight gain, overuse, and physical stress. Additionally, pain in the arch may be indicative of a specific foot affliction such as plantar fasciitis, which is defined as the inflammation of the plantar fascia band of tissue along the arch of the foot. Contact a podiatrist today if you are experiencing arch pain. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. John Branwell from Kearny, New Jersey. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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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