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By gary@drjeffreyconforti.com
March 25, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

heel painPueblo fitness instructor Tammy Moore found that her feet were hurting every time she woke up in the morning. Her feet gradually continued to hurt more and more in and around her heels, she then thought that she just needed a new pair of shoes.

“When I’d wake up and take a step, it felt like the arches were cramped,” Moore said. “I would have this whole process of waking my feet up in the morning.” Finally, Moore visited a doctor and was surprised to find out she was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, a very common heel problem among athletic individuals.

Moore’s condition took over a year to heal, and she had to spend over $1000 on insoles, new shoes, and physical therapy. Frequent stretching alleviated her pain considerably, and she found she was able to run on treadmills without aggravating the injured ligament. “At the first signs, if you think you have it, start (treatments),” she said. “If I felt it coming back, I think I’d do all these things.”

Heel pain can be a precursor of plantar fasciitis. If you suspect you might have this condition, speak with podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will examine your feet and help determine the source of your pain.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, causing pain in the heel and arch of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

· Lack of adequate footwear
· Obesity
· Excessive running
· Poor foot support
· Overpronation

How Can Plantar Fasciitis Be Treated?

· Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
· Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
· Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

For more information about Plantar Fasciitis, please follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Paramus, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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By gary@drjeffreyconforti.com
March 18, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Medical student Sarah Cebron, center, talks about foot care with Mike Flynn.The University of Colorado had students and staff participate in the Undeserved Interprofessional Health Training and Education program to help provide foot care for 75 homeless. The four year strong program consisted of six faculty members and eighteen students administering podiatric services such as clipping toenails, giving foot-related toiletries and checking for any potential conditions such as fractures, open wounds or bunions.

Nurse practitioner Jan Beezley, who is one of the leaders in this program, believes this program gives students confidence to work in urban areas where patients often contend with poor health conditions. “These students are really mission-driven and motivated,” Beezley said, “they’ve added this on top of med school.” The event took place in the St. Francis Center homeless shelter.

Everyone needs to know how to provide everyday foot care for themselves and their loved ones. For more information, come and see podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti can educate you and your family about how to properly care for your feet.   

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortably tight.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Paramus, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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By gary@drjeffreyconforti.com
March 11, 2014
Category: Foot Care

diabetic foot careA recent study conducted by the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association found that they can reduce the recurrence of ulcers by including an operative nerve decompression procedure to a foot-ulcer treatment in patients suffering from diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DPS).

Lead author D. Scott Nickerson, MD, from Northeast Wyoming Wound Clinic in Sheridan has stated to Medscape Medical News that ulcer wounds cause most amputations in diabetic patients. By affecting the likelihood of an ulcer occurring, they help reduce the overall risk of foot complications in diabetic patients.

Diabetes can lead to a variety of problems associated with the feet. If you are diabetic and suffer from foot problems, see podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti. Dr. Conforti can prescribe a treatment plan to keep your feet healthy.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

For more information about Diabetic Foot Care, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Paramus, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Obese, overweightA study conducted at the University of Aucklandfound that firstborn children, specifically men, are more likely to develop obesity than their younger siblings. The study focused on brothers between the ages of 35 and 55. All of the participants had bodyweights high enough to classify them as overweight. The results were that the older brothers weighed an average of 15 pounds more.

One theory the scientists have for this occurrence is that firstborns have a higher sensitivity to insulin as well as differences in prenatal blood flow.

Obese people are especially susceptible to developing adverse foot and ankle conditions due to the extra weight. If you are overweight or obese, consider seeing podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti. Dr. Conforti can treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Obesity Affects Your Feet

Extra weight can sneak up on anyone unprepared. It’s not until your feet begin to hurt at the end of the day when you realize they have been carrying your entire body weight. There are many side effects that occur in the feet as a result of having a few extra pounds.

  • Leaning forward (uneven posture)
  • Extra weight placed in the wrong parts of your feet
  • Development of Type-2 diabetes
  • Loss of sensation in the legs and feet
  • Small sores
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Treating your feet can be helped by paying special attention to your footwear and your own body. Investing in yourself can help to lead you on a better road to health as well as serve to relieve some of the issues related to your feet.

  • Invest in shoes that allow for good circulation and support
  • Losing weight can help prevent and treat diabetes in addition to other diseases
  • Activities such as yoga and water aerobics can help keep you active and mobile without placing stress on  your feet
  • Foot stretches can help alleviate some pain associated with foot conditions.

Of course, visiting a podiatrist can help you select a shoe that will provide comfort for your feet, even measuring you for special custom-made orthotic shoe-inserts if necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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201-986-1900
 
 
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