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.
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.
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
917-3785 for information and appointment.
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:
shoes that rub against the skin of your feet constantly
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.