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By gary@drjeffreyconforti.com
October 28, 2014
Category: Foot Care
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Arthritis of the big toe affects nearly half a million of Great Britain’s population. Cartiva, an innovative new implant, has been purported to help ease the pain and stiffness from arthritis through surgery. To alleviate pain and keep them from rubbing together, the implant is surgically inserted between the bones of the toe. Cartiva’s flexibility and putty-like consistency allow it to act as a shock absorber, similar to cartilage. Val Cornwall, a sixty-seven-year-old resident of Hillingdon, Middlesex underwent surgery for the procedure in February 2011 and is now as active as ever. Cornwall was able to leave the hospital the next morning after a forty-minute operation under general anesthetic.

If left untreated, arthritis of the feet—especially the big toe—can be very painful. If painful arthritis has been troubling you, consult with Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey for treatment. Dr. Conforti can provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment and alleviate your joint pain.

Arthritic Foot Care

In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

-Specific exercises may help; stretching the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury. Stretching can also increase your mobility.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Sport Specialization in Young Children Can Increase Chances of Sever’s Disease

 

New Research Suggests that specialization in a particular sport may lead to early damage and injury in young children. Although it has become increasingly popular, many suggest that specialization should start at the end of their child’s growth spurts. This usually occurs around 15 years of age or during adolescence. Dr. Liebeg of Akron Children’s Hospital states, “During growth spurts, the growth plates are at a higher risk for injury.” Sever’s disease is a foot condition that commonly occurs in growing children, but is most often developed in children that are more physically active. The disease is clearly displayed as the inflammation of the heel’s growth plate.

Sever’s disease is common in children and can be treated, so parents should not be alarmed if their child is showing signs or symptoms of the disease. See Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey for treatment. Dr. Conforti will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Toe gait- develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.

Symptoms

Acute pain – pain asscoiatied with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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By gary@drjeffreyconforti.com
October 15, 2014
Category: Foot Care
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The inflammation of the heel, or plantar fasciitis, can affects anyone, including President Barack Obama. Obama has been struggling experiencing symptoms said consistent with “regular recurring plantar fasciitis,” according to Obama’s primary physician, Dr. Ronny L. Jackson.

Over-straining or over-irritating the ligament that connects the heel to the toe is said to be a common trigger for the condition. Fortunately, our president still manages to stay in good health despite the pain. “The president continues to focus on healthy lifestyle choices,” Dr. Jackson said. “He eats a healthy diet, exercises daily, remains tobacco free, and only drinks alcohol occasionally and in moderation.”

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that can be treated through various methods. For more information regarding plantar fasciitis, contact podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will attend to any of your foot and ankle needs.

The Condition Known as Plantar Fasciitis

An inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, Plantar Fasciitis can cause a great deal of pain in the arch and heel of the foot.

Treatments That Can Help Plantar Fasciitis

  • Shockwave Therapy- works by sending sound waves to the sites where pain is being experienced. Commonly used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis, shockwave therapy usually requires multiple sessions
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia. This is from a relatively smaller new study but shown to be effective in most cases treated
  • Conservative Measures- ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, physical therapy and/or anti-inflammatory medication

What Can Cause Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Lack of adequate footwear
  • Bad foot support
  • Overpronation
  • Obesity

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

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By gary@drjeffreyconforti.com
October 09, 2014
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High heels and other ill-fitting shoes could be a prime cause of Morton’s Neuroma. Neuroma affects the nerves located between the toes, creating a sensation similar to stabbing while walking. It is believed that neuroma stems from compression, injury or damage to the nerve. Therefore women who wear high heels or narrow-fitting shoes are at particular risk to developing the condition. The nerve repairs itself if left untreated, using fibrous tissues that create thickening and enlargement. The disorder is aggravated by irregularities that interfere with optimal foot function, such as high arches, overpronation, and hypermobility.

The disorder can be avoided by wearing shoes that are wide and deep in the toe area and that do not apply pressure to the metatarsals, or bones in the balls of your feet. Metatarsal support pads can also help by removing pressure from the nerve and promoting your foot’s natural anatomical position.

Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to contend with. If you are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, speak to Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will can diagnose and treat your feet accordingly.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot.

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

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