Healthy feet are an essential part of feeling good and staying active. Neglecting the wellness of your feet can lead to unnecessary discomfort throughout your body. Craig Wexler, DPM has some tips for pain-free feet that will help you stay active and healthy.
- Clean feet are healthy feet. Wash your feet with soap and water daily. The microbes that lead to fungus love moist environments, so be sure to dry them well and don’t forget the spaces between the toes!
- Be on the lookout for problems. Examine your feet weekly, taking note of problems or unexpected changes. Inspect your feet more often if you have diabetes, as diabetics have a higher rate of foot sores and infections than others.
- Wear shower shoes in public. Locker rooms and public pools are common breeding grounds for bacteria and fungi.
- Perspiration can lead to that moist environment you’re trying to avoid. Minimize sweat and keep feet dry in socks made of wool or cotton. If socks get damp, change them as soon as possible.
- Choose shoes made of leather to allow air to circulate so feet can “breathe.” If you tend toward very sweaty feet, try some of the newer shoes made of mesh fabrics.
- Make sure that your shoes fit properly! Shoes that are too tight or too loose can lead to long-term foot problems. Choose a broad, wide shoe with a wide, low heel. Pointy shoes and stiletto heels might look stylish, but they can cramp your toes and cause ingrown toenails and calluses.
- Avoid sharing shoes, socks, and other footgear. If you must share, such as in a rental situation, be sure everything is treated with antibacterial spray.
- Cut nails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
- If you prefer professional pedicures, be sure that your salon is practicing good hygiene. Watch for a clean environment and sterilized instruments. Never let your nail tech use a razor to remove dead skin!
- If you have a problem, see a podiatrist! With years of specialized training and experience, a podiatrist is the best doctor to diagnose and treat all of your foot and ankle issues.
Are you experiencing a foot or ankle health issue? Head over to Wexler Foot Center and let Dr. Craig Wexler have a look! A board-certified podiatrist with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Wexler is ready and able determine both the source of your discomfort and the best course of action for moving forward. Call the Wexler Foot Center today at 973-383-3115 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment in our comfortable Newton office.
Centuries ago, people believed that warts were caused by contact with frogs or toads. Of course, now we know that’s not true. Warts are caused by contact with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and almost everyone will get one in their lifetime.
HPV enters the body through the top layer of skin and causes a sudden growth of skin cells in the layer below, resulting in a small bump that called a wart.
Exposure to HPV is inescapable. We encounter various strains of HPV when we touch objects, when we walk without socks and shoes, and when we touch others, for example by shaking hands. We come into contact with HPV at home and in public spaces. Most of the time, this contact is harmless and goes unnoticed. Occasionally, a wart occurs. With care, you can minimize your risk and prevent warts. Here are some steps to take:
- Wash your hands and feet often. Use warm water and soap and lather for at least 20 seconds.
- HPV lives in warm, humid places. Avoid walking barefoot on pool decks and in public showers, like at the gym.
- Dry your feet if they get damp or wet.
- The virus gets in through nicks and cuts. Make sure your feet are healthy and well-maintained.
- Don’t share socks and shoes with others.
- Regularly spray shoes with disinfectant to kill any virus living there.
- Never touch a wart, even on your own body.
If you have a wart, cover it with a bandage to prevent it from spreading. Never pick at it! Unfortunately, without treatment, your wart isn’t going to go away. Over the counter remedies are ineffective and over the counter solutions can do more harm than good. You need a podiatrist to help you get rid of that wart once and for all.
Do you have a wart that needs treatment? Dr. Craig Wexler and the entire staff of Wexler Foot Center are here to help you. Our convenient Newton office is equipped with state of the art technology to maximize effectiveness and minimize discomfort. Call us at (973) 383-3115 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment today.
Winter months can be freezing cold here in the Northeast. Those of us who live in the area get used to dressing in extra layers, piling on the blankets, and taking a variety of other steps to deal with the cold. For most, this is a mere inconvenience. Some, like skiers, even prefer the season. But for a few people, coping with the cold weather is extra challenging. Nothing seems to keep your hands and feet warm enough.
Because they are farthest away, it’s most difficult for your heart to pump blood to your extremities – the hands and feet – and they often feel the chill most acutely. Typically, it’s not too bad. We put on wool mittens and socks and wait for spring’s thaw. But what if your feet don’t warm up when winter ends? What if your feet are still cold even when the weather is warm? They might be trying to tell you something. Cold feet can be a sign of an underactive thyroid gland.
The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland situated in your throat, near your Adam’s apple. Among other tasks, the thyroid is responsible for boosting your energy, warming your body, and activating your immune system. When it’s working well, you don’t even notice your thyroid is there. But if the thyroid becomes underactive, you might experience any or all of these symptoms:
- Increased sensitivity to cold – especially cold feet!
- Dry skin
- Unexplained weight gain
- Muscle aches and pain
- Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
- Thinning hair
Does this sound familiar? Bring those cold feet to Wexler Foot Center and let Dr. Craig Wexler have a look! Dr. Wexler is a board-certified podiatrist with more than 20 years of experience. Expert in diagnosing and treating all illnesses and injuries of the feet and ankles, Dr. Wexler can determine both the source of your discomfort and the best course of action for moving forward. Call the Wexler Foot Center today at 973-383-3115 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment in our comfortable Newton office.
Have your heels been bothering you? Do your feet hurt as soon as you set them on the floor in the morning? Is the pain concentrated in your heels? You might be living with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia ligament connects your heel to your toes and supports the arch of your foot. When the ligament is stretched improperly over a long period of time, small tears and inflammation can cause discomfort in the heel, especially when you first wake up.
You don’t have to live with the pain of plantar fasciitis! Keep your feet feeling great all day with these simple stretches that you can do before you get out of bed.
- Always warm up before any kind of exercise. Take a moment to warm up your feet by “writing” the alphabet in the air with your toes.
- “Crunch” your toes toward the sole of your foot as if you’re trying to use them to pick up a pencil. Hold for 15 seconds and release. Repeat 10 times on each foot.
- Point your toes and flex each ankle 10 times.
- Sit on the edge of the bed with your heel on the floor. Use your hand to pull your big toe toward you. Hold for 15-30 seconds, then release. Repeat 4 times on each leg.
To keep your feet comfortable, wear slippers when you get out of bed and supportive footwear during the day. If your plantar fasciitis becomes painful again, ice and anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen can help.
Craig Wexler, DPM is board certified and trained in the treatment and surgery of all kinds of foot and ankle pain. Together with the dedicated Wexler Foot Center staff, he uses state of the art technology to diagnose and treat patients with plantar fasciitis and a variety of other foot and ankle issues every day. He can help you, too! Call us 973- 383-3115 or via the web to make an appointment at one of our conveniently located Newton office today.
When an adult stands on his or her feet, most of the feet come in contact with the floor. The curved part that does not is the arch of the foot. For those with flat feet, however, that arch may be missing and that middle part might also be touching the floor. This is usually the characteristic of flat feet. The fallen arches can be an issue from childhood, during development, or may happen later as an adult. Some experience pain, while some do not, depending on the deformity and how it affects other parts of the foot and leg.
Babies are naturally born with no arches, but they soon start to form as they learn to walk. If they do not, they may have a genetic trait or developmental abnormality that causes them to have flat feet. The problem they may experience is in-toeing, where the weight of the body pushes the feet inward and causes the ankles to roll in and over-pronate. The alignment of the body can change and cause problems.
Treatments for Flat Feet Pain
Our podiatrist may suggest some of the following treatments:
- For mild, everyday pain, rest and ice could relieve pain and reduce swelling.
- Stretching exercises and physical therapy can be used to release tensions and strengthen muscles around the feet.
- Pain relief medications may be taken, but not for a prolonged time.
- Orthotic inserts, devices, or shoes can help to give support to the fallen arches.
- For severe pain, injected corticosteroids may be necessary.
- If there is severe pain due to deformity or misalignment, surgery may be required. It may involve changing bone structure or transferring tendons to help fallen arches.
Obesity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, injury, and pregnancy are factors that can increase your risk for flat feet or worsen symptoms of pain. If you are having pain due to flat feet, make an appointment to consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Craig Wexler of Wexler Foot Center. He and his team are happy to help you with your flatfoot needs at our Newton, NJ office.