As we get older, our bodies tend to lose strength, balance, and
flexibility, thus increasing the risk of falling and injury. Anyone can have a
fall, but older individuals are most vulnerable. Seniors need to be proactive
with their foot health to diminish the risk of falls.
September is National Falls Prevention Month, and at Step
by Step Family Foot Care,
we know how your foot health can play a significant role in preventing
Here are some tips to help people reduce their risk of falling.
Stay in shape. Regular exercise improves overall foot health. It strengthens the muscles and improves balance and flexibility, making injuries and falls less likely. Keeping a healthy weight also helps to reduce the stress on your feet.
Annual eye exam. Low vision can increase the risk of falling and injury. An annual eye exam from your optometrists can play a significant role in reducing falls. Don’t ignorefoot pain. If your feet hurt, you risk losing your balance as you try to alter the way you walk to avoid the problem. Foot pain is not normal – be sure to discuss any pains, aches, and symptoms with your podiatrist.
Remove hazards at home. Over half of all falls occur at home. Inspect your home for any risks that could lead to a fall or injury. Make sure you have good lighting all around the house. Clear any clutter such as cords or small furniture items from the main living space. Make sure to clean up any spills on the floor immediately. Install handrails for the stairways and grab bars for the toilets and showers.
If you think that you or your loved one are at risk for falls,
visit our office in Parsippany, New Jersey. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Debra B. Manheim, can evaluate you for any risk factors and
provide you the best advice on fall risk prevention so that you can get back to
the life and activities you enjoy. Contact us
at (973) 917-3785 to schedule your appointment today.
One of the many benefits of running is that it keeps you healthy and in shape. It’s an easy sport to get started and doesn’t require much equipment. It is also an ideal way to clock in a workout while social distancing. While running has many health advantages, there is an ever-present threat of getting an injury. Runners’ feet endure the brunt of the punishment than any other part of the body. The stress across bones, joints, tendons, and muscles is part of the trade-off of this form of exercise. Anyone who takes up running as a sport or a hobby needs to pay special attention to their feet and take steps to prevent foot and ankle injuries.
are two of the common injuries experienced by runners:
Plantar fasciitis: This injury occurs when the plantar fascia (a thick band of tissue that connects the heel to the front of your foot) becomes inflamed. The inflammation can cause heel pain and stiffness on the bottom of your foot. See your podiatrist if the pain worsens or lasts for two or more days. Plantar fasciitis is also commonly referred to as runners heel.
Ankle Sprains: Often experienced by runners is an ankle sprain. It occurs as you overstretch the ligaments in your ankles beyond their capacity. A sprained ankle can cause a certain level of discomfort depending upon its severity. Everyone is prone to ankles sprains if they are not careful. A severe sprain can ultimately limit your mobility.
you experience a running injury, contact your foot doctor for the best care.
Call Step by Step Family Foot Care
located in Parsippany,
New Jersey. Dr. Debra B. Manheim and the dedicated staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or
ankle condition. For more information on podiatry related problems, you can
browse through our patient education library and blog section.
outdoor activities such as family picnics, barbecues, visiting local beaches
and other summer hangouts have come to a standstill throughout the country
because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This summer is, undoubtedly, going to look different.
You can still enjoy the outdoors while social distancing. However, it is of utmost importance that people with high-risk conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and circulation problems take specific measures to stay safe. Today Dr. Debra B. Manheim of Step By Step Family Foot Care recommends the following 6 steps to fabulous summer feet that will keep your feet safe, healthy, and looking their best even during the coronavirus outbreak.
Avoid walking barefoot. Never go outdoors without shoes in the summer because of the increased risk of infection or injury to the feet.
Wear activity-specific shoes. If you are going to pick an activity this summer like running or golf, be sure to wear appropriate footwear. The type of shoes you wear can help your feet stay healthy and safe. Wear flip-flops if you are out on the beach but avoid walking in them for prolonged periods as they lack cushioning and support.
Keep shoes and socks dry. Podiatrists recommend that you switch your shoes periodically throughout the week. This helps your shoe air out properly between wearing, reduces moisture and bacteria buildup, and helps prevent foot odor. Change and wash your socks regularly.
Use sunscreen. Don’t forget your feet when applying sunscreen. SPF helps guard against skin cancer and premature aging of the skin on your feet.
Let your feet breathe. Open-toe shoes such as sandals are a good choice, but they may lack support. Wear shoes that offer plenty of support and are made of breathable materials to provide ventilation. This will help keep your feet healthy, dry, and sweat-free.
Stay hydrated. As temperatures climb in the summer, make sure that your body is well hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will also help reduce swelling in the feet.
podiatrist is the best resource for any foot and ankle problem. Dr. Debra B. Manheim is here to help get your summer started on the right foot. Call us at (973) 917-3785 or
visit our office in
As states start to ease lockdown
measures and reopen their economies during the coronavirus pandemic, essential
questions loom. How can we venture out safely into the world knowing that a
vaccine is most likely months or years away from development, approval, and
The best thing to do at our end is to
stay safe and take the necessary precautions at all
times. At Step By Step Family Foot Care, we recommend four essential tips that can protect you, your loved ones,
and others from the risk of developing complications from COVID-19 and prevent
its spread at the same time:
Avoid unnecessary outings: If you have
to go out, plan in such a way so that multiple tasks can be accomplished in a
single trip. The fewer trips you make, the less chance you have of contracting
Avoid crowds: We know everyone is missing their
loved ones; however, it is strongly advised that you avoid close contact with people
who have severe underlying medical conditions like diabetes. Keep a safe
distance of 6 feet or more with one another. Use hand sanitizer, especially
when you are outdoors.
Wear a face mask: Research
has proven that wearing masks not only helps in reducing the risk of contracting
the virus, but it also prevents it from spreading as well.
Practice good hygiene: Wash your
hands regularly and thoroughly (take 20 seconds at least).
In case you are experiencing any
foot or ankle problem, be sure to see your foot doctor for proper care. Our board-certified
podiatrist, Dr. Debra B.
provides the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more
information on our practice and the many services we provide,
call our office in
Parsippany, NJ, at (973) 917-3785.
social distancing made you feel as though you are losing touch with your loved
ones? Staying at home and adapting to the lockdown situation can be tiring and
staying in contact with your family and loved ones will not only make you feel
better; it will make them happy too.
Here are some easy and creative ways to stay in contact:
Video calls: with
internet accessibility, video calls are easy and a fun way to contact your
loved ones. Facebook, Skype, Whatsapp, FaceTime are only a few apps; there are
many to choose from.
streaming: Many apps like Netflix Party, lets you enjoy movie nights with your
friends and buddies by streaming the movies at the same time. You may be miles
apart, but you’ll be watching the movie together!
Virtual games are
on the rise. Not only can friends team up and play the game, but they can also interact
with each other via audio.
groups are not new anymore. Groups of people can sign in and enjoy an
exhilarating exercise session virtually.
With so many things happening online, virtual lunches and dinners are on the
rise too. Make the food you like and enjoy it with a friend or a group of
friends by eating at the same time.
is not difficult anymore. A simple phone call to check up on your family and
relatives will brighten up their days too.
your concerns or troubles with foot and ankle health, our expert at Step
by Step Family Foot Care, Dr. Debra B. Manheim, is here for you. Feel free to contact us at (973) 917-3785
or visit our office in
Parsippany, NJ. Remember staying healthy and having a positive attitude will
help you fight through these tough times!
sanitizer with you all the time and use it frequently, especially if you happen
to touch some objects outside. We cannot overemphasize the importance of hand
Protect your skin
from the sun. Sun rays can cause damage by burning your skin or making it crack
due to dryness. Use sunscreen before leaving the house and reapply frequently.
Similarly, you may want to carry your sunglasses along to protect your eyes.
Drink plenty of
water! Staying hydrated is extremely crucial if you want to continue with your
outdoor workout. Dehydration can result in painful cramps, dizziness and you
may even collapse if you are not careful. Avoid caffeine and sugary drinks in
the heat as they accelerate dehydration.
If the weather
outside is pleasant, you may want to extend your exercise routine. However,
listen to your body and stop if you are feeling drained. Overdoing it can lead
to many problems like sprains,
muscle damage, ankle swelling, dehydration and more.
If you have been inactive
or idle for a while, you may feel the urge to jump into intense workouts to
shake off the laziness. However, it is advised to take it slow, increase your
pace gradually and always allow for proper stretching to prevent injury. This will enable you to build
stamina and avoid unexpected breaks due to injuries or burnouts.
For your questions and
concerns about exercise routines and health in general, contact our office in
Parsippany, NJ by calling (973) 917-3785. For the safety of our patients and
staff, we’re offering telemedicine.
Dr. Debra B. Manheim is available by phone for a consultation.
Step by Step Family
Foot Care has been closely monitoring information and recommendations from
the CDC and NJ Department
of Health about the COVID-19, Coronavirus. Even before the outbreak, our
medical staff already used standard infection control practices. By following
current guidelines and recommendations, we have put extra protocols in place to
reduce risk to our patients and medical staff members.
We ask that any patient or family member, that displays symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, to reschedule appointments until they are free from symptoms for at least 24 hours. We ask this of our medical staff members as well.
We are asking patients to cooperate in a rescheduling effort for non-emergency appointments.
We are asking that all patients call our office when they arrive in the parking lot for their appointment. We will then call you back when we are ready for you to come in and have you go directly to a patient room.
We are trying to limit the number of people in the office at any one time. You may bring one additional person with you to your appointment (i.e. caregiver or parent of a child) if necessary.
Dr. Manheim will be available by phone for consultations if needed.
We are currently not treating patients going to assisted living, senior apartments or taking any house calls during this crisis. We will notify you when this has changed.
taking everyday precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses,
including COVID-19 and influenza, by doing the following:
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.
Consult the CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US.
Keep moving; however,
go slow and steady. It is important to exercise, make sure that your feet and
ankles are flexed and stress-free before you begin. Moreover, if you are
springing into action after a period of idleness, be sure to start slowly and
proceed to more intense workouts gradually.
inserts to support your heels and arches. Customized orthotic inserts are more effective than over-the-counter orthotics, as they
are made to fit the shape of your feet alone. Not only do they support your
feet by redistributing pressure, but they also correct your posture and fix
Your bones need
to be strong and healthy if you want your feet to be pain-free. Ensuring that
your diet plan includes multi-vitamins, especially vitamin D and calcium, is
integral for stronger bones.
Examine your feet
regularly to check for any warning signs such as numbness, swelling, redness,
discoloration of toenails, thickening of the skin and more. Poor circulation
causes numbness and may be a sign of diabetic neuropathy. Swelling may indicate water retention or high blood pressure.
Changing colors or texture of the skin and toenails is a sign of an infection
that should not be ignored.
healthy diet and a regular workout routine are ideal measures for healthy
living. If you would like some more information in this regard or have any
questions for any of your foot conditions,
visit our office in Parsippany,
NJ or contact us
at (973) 917-3785 to schedule your appointment
According to Dr. Debra B. Manheim of Step by Step Family Foot Care, Bunions are painful bumps at the base of the big toes that tend to worsen if they are left untreated. The condition is characterized by the bending of the big toe towards the smaller toes. If ignored, it can be a source of great pain and can cause temporary immobility.
usually hereditary, bunions can be caused by several reasons such as ill-fitted
footwear, extra high heels and more. Usually, non-surgical treatments like
using custom orthotics, wearing shoes with a wider toe-box, avoiding high heels
and the like, can fix the issue.
in some cases, surgical procedures may be required to remove the deformity. It
is best to get your feet examined thoroughly and get proper treatment according
to the severity. Even surgical procedures differ depending on the condition of
the bunion. Usually, surgery involves severing the protruding lump and
relocating the bones of the toes to the right position.
you notice any of the following, don’t delay and get your appointment
scheduled right away:
You feel your
shoes don’t fit you or they hurt the joint of your big toe
Your toes are
pushing against each other more and more
Your ability to
walk around and perform daily chores is being affected due to pain
You are unable to
find comfortable shoes in general
should you suffer and compromise on the health of your feet? Quality of life tends
to downgrade when your feet are in pain or are unable to function properly.
Feel free to consult with our experts and discuss the nature of your foot condition. With the latest technology and vast experience, our team will guide you through recovery and relieve your feet from pain. Visit our office in Parsippany, NJ or contact us at (973) 917-3785 to schedule a convenient appointment. For more information on podiatry related problems, you can browse through our patient education library and blog section.
Step by Step Family Foot Care, we encourage our patients to go through their shoe
closet or storage and replace any worn-out shoes with new and comfortable ones.
That’s the least you can do for your feet at the beginning of the year!
you know that the majority of foot problems faced by people are caused by
ill-fitted or uncomfortable footwear? These can be avoided with proper care and
frequent visits to your podiatrist.
you are heading out for shoe shopping, here are a few essential things to keep
One of the most
important features of good shoes is the proper heel and arch support. Make sure
there is enough padding in the soles and behind the heel area so that your feet
are not under any stress or unnecessary weight.
There should be
enough room in the toe box area for you to wiggle your toes. Tight and small-sized
shoes can result in problems like ingrown
toenails, bunions, hammertoes,
If you fancy high
heels, don’t think that you will be deprived of them. Just make sure that they
are not higher than two inches and do not push your toes against each other.
Also, avoid wearing them for long durations.
With snow and
chilly weather, the roads and pavements are likely to become very slippery. It
is important to watch your step. Also, it would be a wise idea to wear shoes
with a strong and firm grip to avoid trips and falls.