Maintain Distance but Don’t Lose Touch

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Has 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 agitating.

However, 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. 
  • Online movie 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.
  • Virtual workout groups are not new anymore. Groups of people can sign in and enjoy an exhilarating exercise session virtually.
  • Dine together: 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.  
  • Staying connected is not difficult anymore. A simple phone call to check up on your family and relatives will brighten up their days too.

For 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!

4 Tips to Keep in Mind for Outdoor Exercise

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If you are one of those people who like to exercise outdoors with nature, rather than being confined indoors with your gym equipment, be sure that you practice social distancing.

At Step by Step Family Foot Care, our experts recommend 4 important tips before you head out:

  1. Keep hand 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 sanitizer.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

We’re Open and Treating Patients

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.

CDC recommends 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.

For more information, check out the following:

Sincerely,

Debra Manheim, DPM

March Your Way to Nutritious Foods

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March is National Nutrition Month and we at Step by Step Family Foot Care would like to urge our patients to monitor what they eat, as that has a direct impact on the health of your feet.

Your feet carry your body weight and allow you to move around. What you eat will not only provide nutrition for your feet but will also maintain your weight, so that your feet are not overly burdened.

Dr. Debra B. Manheim has some useful tips to ensure that your feet are safe and healthy:

  • 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.
  • Use orthotic 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 gait.
  • 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.

A 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 today.

Have You Been Neglecting Your Bunions?

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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.

Although 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.

However, 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.

If 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

Why 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.

New Shoes: New Year’s Gift for Your Feet

At 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!

Did 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.

If you are heading out for shoe shopping, here are a few essential things to keep in mind:

  • 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, and more.
  • 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.

If you feel pain or discomfort in your feet or are unsure regarding the kind of footwear you should be wearing, feel free to contact our office in Parsippany, NJ by calling (973) 917-3785 to schedule a convenient appointment. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Debra B. Manheim, will guide you for solutions that are best suited for your podiatric conditions. For more information on podiatry related problems, you can browse through our patient education video library.

Five Ways to Keep Your Feet Happy During This Holiday Season

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As holiday happiness reaches its peak, be sure not to neglect your feet. Keep them safe so that you can enjoy your holidays to the fullest.

We at Step by Step Family Foot Care advise our patients to take it easy and take ample rest breaks in between all the hustle and bustle. Walking from one corner to the other at shopping malls, running errands, standing in long lines, going up and down endless stairs, are all factors that can result in foot pain or ankle sprains.

Here are five ways to ensure the safety of your feet:
  1. Wear comfortable shoes: If you have a busy day lined up, it is best to put on a pair of comfy shoes that provide heel and arch support to your feet. Avoid wearing heels for long durations, as that will surely result in sore feet.
  2. Use orthotic inserts: Customized orthotic inserts are the greatest gifts that you can give to your feet. With extra support, stability, and balance, you can cruise swiftly through all the crowded places.
  3. Watch where you are stepping: Winter season makes paths slippery. Therefore, it is crucial to watch out for places that are wet or pose a threat of slipping. Carelessness can cost you a sprained ankle, a damaged tendon or worse – a fracture!
  4. Keep your feet clean and dry: Closed shoes, thick socks, and heated places are sure to make your feet sweaty, exposing them to the risk of fungal and bacterial infections. Wash your feet daily and keep them dry. Switch shoes and keep extra pairs of socks so that you can change frequently. Foot powder is also quite useful.
  5. Don’t burden your feet: With the abundance of sugary treats and holiday feasts, one is very likely to gain extra pounds. Watch your weight as it can damage your tendons and result in excruciating foot pain.

If you have any concerns related to your feet, contact our office in Parsippany, NJ by calling (973) 917-3785 to schedule a convenient appointment. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Debra B. Manheim will examine your foot and ankle condition and recommend the best course of action for their health and safety. For more information on foot problems and foot health, you can browse through our patient education library.

How To Identify Diabetic Nerve Damage In Your Feet

Did you know that millions of people are suffering from diabetes throughout the world? With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, we at Step by Step Family Foot Care want to make our patients aware of the harmful effects of diabetes, and provide guidelines on how to manage this disease.

Nerve damage, also known as diabetic neuropathy, is caused due to high sugar levels in your blood stream, such that it hampers your ability feel any sensation in your feet.

Here are five signs of diabetic neuropathy that you should look out for:

  • Numbness and an inability to feel pain in your feet, as the nerves are damaged.
  • Tingling or piercing pain in your feet that worsens as you apply weight or pressure on your feet.
  • Instability while walking which could be due to pain caused by nerve damage.
  • Weakening of the muscles that can also make standing or maintaining your balance very difficult.
  • Due to loss of sensation in your feet, you may not be able to feel the temperature of the water in the shower, exposing you to the risk of burning your feet if the water is too hot. Get help and make sure the temperature is adequate before you walk into the shower.

If you fear that you are suffering from diabetic neuropathy or have any questions related to this condition, feel free to consult our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Debra B. Manheim.

Our team has vast experience in treating a range of foot conditions and disorders, and is equipped with advanced technologies and treatments to restore the health of your feet. We urge you to visit our office in Parsippany NJ or call us at (973) 917-3785 for information and appointment.

The Most Important Do’s and Don’ts for Fall Sports Prep

Is your child ready for the fall sports season? While activities such as soccer, swimming and hiking are all good ways to keep children fit and active, it is important that we don’t take any shortcuts in ensuring their health and safety. At Step by Step Family Foot Care, we see many injuries in young athletes that could have been avoided if the preseason conditioning was exercised.

Below are some of the do’s and don’ts to be kept in mind so that your children have a safe and injury-free season.

Do: Always encourage your children to take part in all kinds of sports activities and make them aware of the importance of pre and post warm-up routines.

Do: Make sure you set up an appointment at our office in Parsippany NJ (973) 917-3785 to consult our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Debra B. Manheim. The foot doctor can help address all podiatric health concerns of your child and formulate a suitable course of action to avoid any unforeseen problems.

Do: Stay in touch with your child’s physical training instructor so that you can share your feedback on any issues that need to be considered before your child takes up a certain activity. This will also help the instructor to determine which exercises may be assigned for their strength and a healthy start to the season.

Don’t: Wearing last year’s shoes may be tempting yet damaging for your children. Over time shoes tend to wear out and lose their support structure especially in areas like the padding at the heels and the arch. Make sure to check their shoes to avoid any issues like heel pain, sprains, blisters, etc.

Don’t: You will be able to find shoes now that are designed for specific sports. Don’t opt for shoes that were handed down or passed on because new shoes will help your child’s feet by adjusting according to their shape and size.

For any questions or concerns regarding your child’s foot and ankle health, feel free to get in touch with our experts.

Beware of Foot Blisters

Blisters are tiny bubble-like pockets that appear on the skin of your feet usually due to excessive and repetitive friction. The bubble is filled with fluid and is supposed to protect the damaged skin from further harm.

What are the likely reasons for blisters to appear? Here are a few:

  • Poorly fitted shoes that rub against the skin of your feet constantly
  • Diseases like chickenpox also lead to many blisters
  • Skin burns or cold sores cause blisters too
  • Some insect bites may also result in itchy or painful blisters

The big question that revolves around blisters is whether to pop them or let them be. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Debra B. Manheim advises patients to leave the blister alone. Meddling with it or bursting it will only expose your feet to bacterial skin infections and possibly bleeding wounds.

In case a blister bursts on its own, you should clean it using water and soap. Dry the affected area carefully. Make sure the skin lies flat on the area; do not try to peel it off or remove it.

Using an antibacterial ointment is effective in preventing infections. Avoid covering it with a bandage as moisture will make it worse. However, loosely covering it with gauze will help to protect it from dust and rubbing.

If you notice blisters on your feet that appear too frequently or do no heal properly, we at Step by Step Family Foot Care advise you to schedule an appointment with our broad-certified podiatrist right away. Knowing what is causing your blisters is important so that the right course of treatment can be administered.

We have your best interest in mind and our team is available to help you in case of any questions or concerns regarding your foot health. Our office is located in Parsippany, New Jersey, and you may contact us at (973) 917-3785 to schedule a convenient appointment. For more information on foot disorders and foot health, you can browse through our patient education library.