What causes the bottom of my feet to be dry and cracked?
This winter you may notice the bottom of your foot is dry and cracked. Before you pull out your sandals for your spring break trip get your feet summer ready. This common problem occurs for two reasons. #1. Your skin becomes naturally dry in the winter months. #2. Your environment makes your skin dry and cracked. Typically, we see the second common in the summertime when you may wear more open shoes or sandals. The dust and dirt on the ground causes your feet, and heels especially, to dry and crack. The first is a problem now when our feet are cold and dry from the heat in our homes and work places. Both are well treated with an excellent moisturizing cream. Ask Monmouth County Podiatrist Dr. Allison Cheney to recommend one for you.
Another, often overlooked reason for dry and cracked feet, is because of a fungal infection, such as athlete's foot. This is commonly misdiagnosed, since there often is no itching or burning symptoms and the foot does appear very dry. In these cases, treatment is often effective using a strong moisturizing cream in conjunction with a prescription anti-fungal medication. Female podiatrist Dr. Cheney says results are typically seen in the first 2 weeks of treatment.
If your dry, cracked heels and feet are not properly treated, the cracks can worsen and bleed. This is painful for everyone and can be limb threating if you have diabetes. The cracks can become infected and difficult to heal. Treating cracks in your heel early, before they become problematic, will ensure that your feet stay healthy and remove the risk of infection.
If have already tried moisturizing cream with poor results, visit AllCare Foot & Ankle we specialize in adult and children foot and ankle care. We can recommend the best treatment for your painful cracked heels and assess if you need an antifungal medicine as well. If necessary, Dr. Cheney can do an in office skin biopsy that will provide her with a better understanding of what is occurring at the skin level.
What is the painful bump on the back of my heel?
Monmouth County podiatrist sees many people develop a bump on the back of the heel. Often the bump on the back of the heel is due to the pressure from the back of a shoe, it can become inflamed and painful. Podiatrists often give the diagnosis Haglund's deformity, but it is more commonly known as a pump bump. Typically, women are affected by a pump bump more than men are because of the shoes that they wear however female podiatrist in Oakhurst, Dr. Allison Cheney has seen an increase in men over the years.
The cause of the “bump” is either a bone spur that forms on the back of the heel or accumulation of fluid around the Achilles tendon or both. This bump forms for one of two reasons. The first is due to excessive pulling of the Achilles tendon on the heel bone. This occurs due to a tight or shortened Achilles tendon. The other reason is because of the rocking motion of the heel bone during walking. This causes shear forces on the back of the heel and a buildup of a bone spur in response to the pressure.
If you catch a bone spur forming before it becomes painful, it is usually effectively treated with a custom orthotic device. The custom molded orthotic helps to stabilize the foot function and limits the pressure and pulling on the heel bone. Don't wait for heel pain to be extreme before you start. Call your Monmouth County podiatrist Dr. Allison Cheney before a problem starts.
UGGs Hurt MY Feet? Read This for Relief from Monmouth County Female Podiatrist!
Temperature has hit a low for the season at the Jersey Shore, and by now you have rushed to bring out your UGGs—those slouchy, comfy, cozy pillows for your feet that we all love to wear when it is freezing cold here in Monmouth County.
For women and kids, especially, the chance to switch from flip flops to a socially-acceptable winter version is exciting for most except Monmouth County female podiatrist.
Don’t kill the messenger but UGGs aren’t all that good for your feet, even though they feel amazingly warm to slip into on a cold windy day at the Jersey Shore.
Here are a few reasons why UGGs are bad for your feet.
#1 Problem: UGGs are Too Flat
The completely flat base offers no arch support. Patients we see at our Oakhurst office this is an issue because it leads to heel pain in kids who are between 9-12. For our adult patient, the lack of arch support aggravates their bone spur or plantar fasciitis. Part of the “style” that makes them so easy is no laces, no straps and no real shape, which means your feet and toes have to clench and grab every time you take a step, just to keep from sliding around.
Solution: An OTC orthotic insert available at AllCare Foot & Ankle to slip into your boot, your shoes will fit better and your feet will get some added support, making the likelihood of discomfort in your favorite boots much, much lower.
#2 Problem: UGGs make my feet sweat
Yes, your UGGs are super cozy but, especially in typical wearers here in NJ we go from the cold outside to well heated schools, malls, etc. where warm lining can really make your feet sweat, leaving you vulnerable to foot fungi like Athlete’s Foot.
Solution: A moisture wicking sock! Wear socks designed to soak up moisture so sweat doesn’t sit on your feet all day. Alternatively, you could put some antiperspirant on the bottom of your feet. Monmouth County Dr. Allison Cheney recommends your favorite brand you already have for your underarms just keep a new bottle just for your feet. NEVER go barefoot in your UGGs and ALWAYS air your feet out, sock-free, after you’ve been wearing them for a while.
Ultimately, we all have our favorite shoe for the season. Even your supposedly comfiest best looking shoes can hurt your feet if you don’t know the right way to wear them. If you regularly experience foot pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Allison Cheney so you can stop hurting and start loving your favorite shoes again. Be sure if you make an appointment to bring in a few of these shoes for Dr. Cheney to evaluate for wear patterns that could be causing your problems.
Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet – even a small cut can produce serious consequences. Diabetes may cause nerve damage that takes away the feeling in your feet. Diabetes may also reduce blood flow to the feet, making it harder to heal an injury or resist infection. Because of these problems, you may not notice a foreign object in your shoe. As a result you could develop a blister or a sore. This could lead to an infection or a non-healing wound that could put you at risk for an amputation.
To avoid serious foot problems that could result in losing a toe, foot, or leg, follow these guidelines.
1. Inspect your feet daily. Check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems. Use a magnifying hand mirror to look at the bottom of your feet. Call your doctor if you notice anything.
2. Wash your feet in lukewarm (not hot!) water. Keep your feet clean by washing them daily. Use only lukewarm water - the temperature you would use on a newborn baby.
3. Be gentle when bathing your feet. Wash them using a soft washcloth or sponge. Dry by blotting or patting, and carefully dry between the toes.
4. Moisturize your feet – but not between your toes. Use a moisturizer daily to keep dry skin from itching or cracking. But DON’T moisturize between the toes – that could encourage a fungal infection.
5. Cut nails carefully once a doctor approves you have good circulation and are okay to do this. Cut them straight across and file the edges. Don’t cut nails too short, as this could lead to ingrown toe nails. If you have concerns about your nails, consult Dr. Cheney at AllCare Foot & Ankle.
6. Never treat corns or calluses yourself. No “bathroom surgery” or medicated pads. Visit your doctor for appropriate treatment.
7. Wear clean, dry socks. Change them daily.
8. Avoid the wrong type of socks. Avoid tight elastic bands (they reduce circulation). Don’t wear thick or bulky socks (they can fit poorly and irritate the skin).
9. Wear socks to bed. If your feet get cold at night, wear socks. NEVER use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
10. Shake out your shoes and feel the inside before wearing. Remember, your feet may not be able to feel a pebble or other foreign objects, so always inspect your shoes before putting them on.
11. Keep your feet warm and dry. Don’t let your feet get wet in snow or rain. Wear warm socks and shoes in winter.
12. Never walk barefoot. Not even at home! Always wear shoes or slippers. You could step on something and get a scratch or cut.
13. Take care of your diabetes. Keep your blood sugar levels under control.
14. Don’t smoke. Smoking restricts blood flow in your feet.
15. Dr. Cheney recommends periodic foot exams. If you have low risk factors, once every year. Moderate factors, once every 6 months. High risk factors, once every 3months. Seeing your foot and ankle surgeon on a regular basis can help prevent the foot complications of diabetes.
We are here to assist Diabetic Patients with an Emergency or a Routine Matter. 732-695-3668
Feeling restless this winter and tired of keeping the kids indoors? What can a family do for fun in the winter at the Jersey Shore? A visit to the new ice rink to open this weekend in Asbury Park may become your new tradition. Not only can you get a good workout, but you can also check out the new Asbury Hotel which made headlines this summer for its outdoor pool and mouthwatering food trucks, the casual indoor lounge area and its rooftop movie theater overlooking the ocean. The new outdoor ice rink amenity is set to have a grand opening this Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 8pm. Details can be found at http://www.app.com/story/entertainment/events/outdoors/2017/01/19/asbury-hotel-opens-outdoor-ice-rink-weekend/96769822/
If you make this your new tradition, take note of a few skating pitfalls that can ruin your day
at the Shore. Skating is not enjoyable if you have foot pain every time you push off your
skate. There are several ice skating injuries that can befall a weekend skater or someone regularly involved in the sport. Lace bite can occur if you lace your skates too tightly.
You don’t want them to be so tight that you pinch your feet and cut off circulation. If your skates are too loose, you will have a tendency to clench your toes and your feet can cramp. Friction can also happen if your heel slips around causing uncomfortable blisters.
To avoid these concerns, check to make sure that your skates fit well. Don’t be shy about asking to try a couple of different sizes in order to find the right fit, and take time to adjust the laces as needed. The ankles receive critical support from the skate, so do your part to avoid ankle sprains.
If foot pain is keeping you at home, we’d love to help you! We can identify the exact reason for your pain, and provide the treatment you need to get back on your feet (and in your skates) without pain. Contact AllCare Foot & Ankle 732-695-3668. Dr. Cheney is located less than 5miles from The Asbury Hotel in Oakhurst, New Jersey.
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