you ever experienced pain in your heels or the arches of your feet? Chances are
that you may be suffering from a condition known as “plantar fasciitis”.
fasciitis is the inflammation of the tissue (plantar fascia) that runs under
your feet and connects your toes with the heel. Reasons that may cause this inflammation
include wear and tear due to sports activities, incessant pressure, sudden
impact, and stress.
are a few exercises that can strengthen your muscles and safeguard your plantar
- Stretch your
arches: you can sit with one leg over
the other and gently pull your toes towards your shin to feel a stretch under
your foot. Another way is to place a stretching band under your feet, pull your
feet towards yourself and hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Release and then repeat the
- Roll a ball: while sitting on a chair, place a ball or any round
object under your feet and rotate it to loosen up any tight muscles under your
feet and toes.
- Ease your
calves: place one leg forward and
extend the other towards the back while you lean your hands against the wall.
Bend the forward leg slightly and feel the stretch in the calf of the leg at
the back. Repeat a few times and then switch legs.
your toes: wrapping your toes with an
elastic band, stretching them apart and then closing them, is also an effective
exercise to build muscle strength.
you feel pain in your feet or are unsure about the cause of your discomfort,
we, at Step by Step Family Foot Care, urge you to visit your podiatrist right away.
avoid any permanent tissue damage, schedule an appointment with Dr. Debra B. Manheim, who is an expert in treating a range of foot conditions
and disorders such as arthritis, neuromas, sports
injuries, diabetic foot complications, flat feet,
and fungal toenails, etc. Contact us and save your feet
from any further harm.
activities expose our feet to many risks and hazards. However, that does not
mean that one should deprive oneself of all the fun that this season has to
careful and making sensible choices can help protect our feet from harm. At Step
by Step Family Foot Care, we advise our
patients to keep their eyes open for the following:
- Fungus and
bacteria: Infections are thriving
during summertime and spread easily if not treated immediately. Fungal
toenails, athlete’s foot, blisters, warts, and calluses are
common occurrences and should be treated as early as possible.
- Heel pain:
This pain is ascribed to the most popular summer footwear i.e. flip-flops.
These airy and easy-to-slip-on shoes provide the least support to your foot
arch, causing your heels to come under stress due to excessive weight. It is
advised to wear shoes that provide adequate support or use orthotic inserts for
appropriate distribution of your body weight on your feet.
- Sprains: The chances of sprains and stress fractures increase if you wear uncomfortable shoes for long durations or during
intensive physical activity. Shoes with a stronger grip, softer insoles, and
proper arch support are highly recommended to prevent injuries and pain.
- Wounds and
cuts: Wearing open shoes or being
barefoot increases the risk of being injured by splinters and sharp objects. If
you suffer a cut or a wound, make sure you have it cleaned up properly and use
an antiseptic to prevent infection. It is advised to keep your wounds open and
dry to avoid pus and bacterial infections.
you encounter any of the above conditions and feel that your feet are not
improving or healing properly, we urge you to visit our Parsippany, NJ office or call us at (973) 917-3785 to
schedule an appointment.
Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Debra B. Manheim will conduct a thorough examination and administer the appropriate
course of treatment to restore the health of your feet.
An ingrown toenail
is a condition in which the nails tend to grow into the skin of the toes. This
can cause burning, pain, swelling, and even numbness. If left unattended,
ingrown toenails may start bleeding, or become infected with pus and bacteria.
What are the causes of ingrown toenails and how can they be prevented?
- Restrictive and
ill-fitted shoes tend to compress your toes together and push your nails inside
your skin leading to ingrown toenails. Wearing proper shoes and leaving your
feet open every now and then will keep your toenails safe and secure.
- Footwear that
does not have ample space between the big toe and the inside of the shoe wall
may constantly rub against your toenail and make you fall prey to ingrown
nails. Therefore, it is integral to wear the right size of shoes and see any
foot changes that may occur.
- The most common
reason cited for ingrown toenails is cutting your nails in a curved shape. Foot
doctors recommend that the nails be cut straight so that they do not grow into
the skin surrounding the nail area.
- Cutting your
nails too short can also cause your nails to penetrate your skin when they are
- Bumping into hard
surfaces and injuring your nails can also change the shape of your toenails and
the direction in which they grow. Keep your feet safe and watch where you are
you notice any unusual changes in your ankles, feet or toenails like swelling,
redness, nail or skin thickening, discoloration, bone structure alterations
etc. Do not ignore such signs and visit your podiatrist immediately.
if you are unsure about your foot condition or require more information, we
suggest you visit our patient education library or schedule an appointment with our board-certified
podiatrist Dr. Debra B. Manheim at Step by
Step Family Foot Care. Visit or contact our Parsippany office at your ease and convenience.
temperatures rise, sweating is
a very common outcome in the feet, especially when you are wearing closed shoes
and socks. Here is a sweaty fact for you: On average, each foot produces 500ml
of sweat daily, that is equivalent to a cup of sweat per day!
sweating that is unable to evaporate and instead gets contained in the shoes,
creates a nurturing platform for bacterial and fungal infections, causing odor.
most commonly observed reasons that cause smelly feet
- The menacing
“sweat!” Surprisingly, moisture itself is not smelly; it is the isovaleric acid
produced by bacteria that causes the smell.
- Athlete’s Foot
and other infections: These skin conditions result from fungi that proliferates
in confined and moist feet.
- Fungal nail
infections are also known to cause foot odor. In fact, one of the early signs
of fungal infections is smelly feet.
are a few effective remedies:
- Keeping your feet
clean and dry is important to avoid foot odor. Antiseptic soaps prevent
- Wearing airy
socks reduces sweat and ultimately reduces odors. Therefore avoid synthetic
- Spraying your
shoes and insoles with disinfectants or surgical spirit also helps in killing
- Soaking feet in a
mixture that is two-thirds water and one-third vinegar is effective in
eliminating fungi. However, this remedy is strictly not advised in case of cuts
or rashes on the skin.
antiperspirants on your feet also reduces the amount of sweat produced by your
your smelly feet condition persists, you should consult our board-certified
podiatrists, Dr. Debra B. Manheim at Step By Step Family Foot Care, to identify the root cause of the issue and
accordingly get the right treatment.
are experienced in treating a vast number of foot and ankle related problems
including bone and joint issues,
toenail and skin infections, injuries, sprains, bunions, hammertoes,
and more. Contact us
or visit our Parsippany office for
complete and reliable solutions.