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Posts for: May, 2014

Laura Caradonna-Dubiel gets together at her Foster Road home with two of her biggest fans, sons Caden and Dylan. Courtesy PhotoLaura Caradonna-Dubiel finished within a seven-minute range over the course of five Boston Marathons. In her first marathon she finished at 4:47:08, in 2010 she came in at 4:41:48, her best time, and in 2014 she came in right in the middle at 4:44:39. Considering Dubiel was on a two year hiatus, her fear was quite impressive.

"I didn’t run the last two years, as I had Morton’s neuroma. That is nerve damage between toes. It causes your toes to go numb, and it can be extremely painful if you try to run on it," said the Foster Road resident. Caradonna-Dubiel stated that she bought orthotic inserts and was administered cortisone shots several weeks prior to the marathon.

Morton’s neuroma is painful. If you have foot or ankle discomfort, see podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Confortiwill treat your podiatric needs.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Also called Intermetatarsal Neuroma or Plantar Neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves of the feet, which targets the toe between the third and fourth toe. Neuroma is a growth that can occur in various areas of the body. Morton’s Neuroma causes the nerves around the feet to become enlarged causing pain in the feet.

Morton’s Neuroma can be caused by injury or pressure, many times no visible signs will indicate that you may have this. Instead, a tingling sensation along with pain will be present.  If this condition is left untreated, pain is likely to continue and worsen.

Foot pain should be treated immediately. Paying close attention to your feet, will less likely mean that you will have to undergo surgery.

How Does It Occur?

-          Wearing ill-fitting shoes
-          High impact exercise
-          Sustaining injuries
-          Walking incorrectly (bunions, flat-feet)

For more information on Morton’s Neuroma, read the following article.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office located in Paramus, NJ. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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By gary@drjeffreyconforti.com
May 20, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

Bette Midler suffered a nasty toe injury during her stay in Texas!Singers have long been losing hearts in specific states—Tony Benet lost his in San Francisco, Kevin Fowler’s is in Oklahoma, and the Stone siblings both seem to have displaced theirs along the Californian coast.  Earlier this week, Bette Midler propagated a somewhat altered version of this trend when she left a toenail in Texas.  Instead of singing about it, she tweeted: "My New York toes don't love Texas cowboy boots….Looks like my green thumb has made its way down south!"

Midler journeyed south with an ingrown toenail to speak at a Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas event.  The speech went well, but before the trip was over a bad pedicure and uncomfortable shoes forced her to seek surgical removal of the nail, which had become extremely painful.

An ingrown toenail can cause extreme discomfort and should be examined by a professional.  If you have been suffering from an ingrown toenail, see podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Confortiwill tend to all of your podiatric concerns.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office located in Paramus, NJ. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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running injuriesA recent study performed by the U.S. Army looked at injury rates among soldiers who used different foot striking methods when running.  The heel-strike, where the runner lands on the heel then transfers weight to the toe, is typically the recommended method.  However, the study found no higher incidence of injuries among runners who did not use the heel-strike method.

Researchers filmed 1,027 men and women in the army during a two-mile run.  Each participant was categorized as a heel-striker or non-heel-striker, and asked about injuries sustained over the last twelve months.

Even though it didn’t produce fewer injuries, heel-strike running seemed to yield more speed.  The soldiers’ times for the two-mile run were recorded, and heel-strike runners averaged 12 seconds faster among men and 35 seconds faster among women.

Running injuries are common for soldiers and civilians alike. If you are suffering from pain in the heel or foot, see podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will provide quality treatment and the care that you need. 

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Paramus, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Devin HarrisWhen Devin Harris was being courted by the Dallas Mavericks last year, they offered him a $9 million dollar contract. However, Harris had incurred a foot injury earlier that season, and a medical examination by the Maverick’s team doctor showed that he would need to have it surgically corrected. Dallas took back their offer, and Harris had no other choice but to try and get better.

After long recovery period that was prolonged by a new injury, a stress fracture in his third metatarsal, he finally became healed enough to sign with the Mavs. “We’ve had a lot of things happen, but I stayed positive and worked hard and obviously we’re in a good situation now,” Harris said.

When trying to get back into sports after a foot or ankle injury, it’s always best to make sure the rehabilitation process is fully completed first. If you are an athlete dealing with a complication in one of your lower extremities, contact podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti can help you with the recovery process and answer any questions you might have.

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

While one of the most common injuries among athletes may be a sprained ankle, there are still many other types of injuries that plague athletes in any sport. But for less severe foot and ankle injuries, it is recommended by physical therapists and sports medicine doctors that athletes use the R.I.C.E. method to help alleviate pain and to speed up the healing process.

The acronym R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These four steps help in the healing process, not only to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, but also to improve overall health of the affected area, allowing you to get back on to your feet again. Although resting is usually the key to all healing, it is necessary to see a doctor to ensure treatment for any other problems that may not be obvious to you right away.

It is best for injured athletes to allow themselves time to heal. Some athletes need hours of re-training, exercise, check-ups with their physical therapist, and other remedies.

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.

Read more about Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries.




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Paramus, NJ 07652
201-986-1900
 
 
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